Improving the Preparation Pipeline for Black Teachers: 5 Ideas From Experts

Read the full article from Benjamin Herold on the Education Week website. Start reading below…


America’s schools are desperate to diversify their teaching force. Education Week asked five experts to suggest in 250 words or less how the nation’s teacher preparation pipeline can be overhauled to work better for candidates of color, especially those who are Black. Their written responses, edited for brevity and clarity, are below.

Decoteau J. Irby
Associate Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago

A healthy, effective preparation pipeline would value Black teachers for the ways their physical presence, life experiences, racial knowledge and ways of doing things all help schools better serve students.

Keilani Goggins
Director, Black Educators Initiative, National Center for Teacher Residencies

A healthy, effective preparation pipeline would lower financial barriers by offering stipends, scholarships, emergency funds, and other financial supports. This is especially important to ensure that aspiring teachers of color have access to high-quality, clinically based preparation that honors the complexity of teaching and values their humanity and racial identity.

Desiree Carver-Thomas & Cathy Yun
Researchers, Learning Policy Institute

A healthy, effective preparation pipeline would remove unnecessary gate-keeping mechanisms that keep excellent candidates from entering the profession.

Niral Shah
Associate Professor, University of Washington

A healthy, effective preparation pipeline would provide race-focused education that is rooted in practice.

Sharif El-Mekki
Founder & CEO, Center for Black Educator Development

A healthy, effective teacher preparation pipeline would acknowledge that Brown v. Board of Education is the linchpin of our current staffing crisis.

Continue reading to learn more about what each of these educators is doing to make changes to the issues they have each outlined.

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach