Diversifying the Educator Workforce
A Diverse Educator Workforce Matters
An effective workforce is a diverse workforce: Research has shown that outcomes for all students improve when teachers reflect the diversity of the student body. Diverse teachers improve academic achievement, graduation rates, college enrollment, and other measures of success for all students, particularly students of color. Diversifying the educator workforce is an important strategy for ensuring that all students, particularly students of color, have access to effective instruction.
We offer easy-to-use, practitioner-friendly data tools and a field-tested process to support states, preparation programs, and districts in efforts to ensure a diverse, effective educator workforce for the students who need it most.
A free, user-friendly, Excel-based tool, this resource is the foundation for a data-driven process to help users identify and visualize the development of educator diversity gaps across the entire career continuum.
- Users enter their own data and the tool automatically generates easy-to-understand graphs and charts.
- State, district, school, and preparation program leaders can use the tool to ground a deeper, data-rich conversation with planning teams and stakeholders.
- The data tool also includes a geographic information systems (GIS) component to support place-based analysis.
The Educator Shortages in Special Education Toolkit is organized around the guiding principle that short-term strategies to meet immediate demand must be intentionally paired with long-term, systemic strategies to attract, prepare, and retain effective special education teachers to create comprehensive shortage solutions. The toolkit includes the following:
- Toolkit Facilitation Guide
- Special Education Teacher Shortages Primer
- Analyzing Special Education Teacher Shortages: A Data Tool for Practitioners
- Shortage Strategy Selection Tool
Although this tool is designed specifically to address shortages in special education, the tool can be used to address all teacher shortages.
The Ohio Department of Education worked with a group of 40 stakeholders as well as the GTL Center and the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center to develop concrete strategies for diversifying the state's educator workforce. Using the GTL Center's Diversifying the Educator Workforce Data Tool, the group is completing a four-step process that starts with first examining the state's educator workforce data to identify diversity gaps and exploring the root causes behind those gaps.
GTL Center Services for Diversifying the Educator Workforce
Our services are tied to concrete, measurable outcomes for states and districts and are informed by our extensive work across the United States in the past decade. For states interested in diversifying the educator workforce, we offer two service levels—exploring and investing—that can be customized and tailored to your unique needs and starting point.