A major barrier to achieving equitable access and success in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs is both the shortage of and the lack of diversity among CTE educators. Educators of color have been found to improve academic performance and reduce absenteeism and suspension among learners of color. Despite the benefits of educator diversity that research has demonstrated, the overall educator workforce remains predominantly white. Advance CTE is committed to a solutions-oriented approach to address these urgent challenges.
State and Local Strategies for Diversifying the CTE Educator Workforce presents common challenges to diversifying the educator workforce, identifies promising practices in the field to overcome these challenges, and provides actionable strategies and recommendations, informed by evidence-based research, to assist state and local CTE leaders in strategically planning and developing policies and practices to increase diversity in the CTE workforce.
State and Local Strategies for Diversifying the CTE Educator Workforce and the companion resource Recruiting Diverse Educators: A Database of Organizations Representing Underserved Populations was created in partnership between Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and generously funded by the Joyce Foundation. Advance CTE and ACTE engaged with national, state and local experts in CTE, teacher preparation and teacher diversity, as well as convened focus groups with CTE teachers and administrators of color in order to create these resources.
Read the executive summary here.