Gerald Hairston, Ed.D
Minority Teacher Recruiting Coordinator
Currently a group of a consortium of Connecticut/CREC region school districts are developing innovative approaches and identifying targeted strategies to increase the number of teachers of color in the teacher workforce. Local representatives from participating schools and districts and other constituents meet on a monthly basis to:
- assist in the planning of the Minority Teacher Recruitment programming;
- identify methods to engage educational stakeholders (teachers, students and parents) and particularly stakeholders from communities of color schools/districts; and
- support the coordinated development and implementation of action in local efforts to affect a professional pipeline for teachers of color.
The MTR Program focuses on increasing the number of teachers/administrators of color by using a multi-pronged approach. Short-term and long-term objectives center on:
We maintain a database of qualified minority candidates. Year round services provide participating districts with pre-screened candidate files complete with job applications, three letters of reference, transcripts, resumes and educator certificates and licenses.
Participating school districts and educational organizations are represented each year at the annual minority teacher recruitment career fair.
- Pipeline planning
Our participant districts meet with members of the Expert Solutions team to develop a systemic and culturally responsive approach to attract aspirant educators of color to each specific school and district. This includes enhancing the human resources structure in schools and districts.
One way to meet the growing demand for teachers of color is to support them to thrive in their school setting and their professional career. Our retention programming is focused on establishing infrastructure that fosters a school climate that is supportive to educators of color and a school culture that fosters the inclusion of people of color across all layers of the social fabric of the school.
- Grow Your Own
The MTR program aims to establish and develop collaborations and projects that improve the rate of students of color attending college, respect for the teaching profession, resources, and social networks that support entering the education profession. Programming to engage high school students includes engaging in a comprehensive teacher readiness program and learning about supports designed to equip students of color to pursue a career in education teaching and education. This intensive and inclusive career development process and college readiness program provides academic and social support to students from secondary and post-secondary schooling.
Our goal is to establish context specific, student centered, and culturally responsive programming to help students of color in different communities and school settings to become career educators.