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AACTE invites member institutions to apply to join a new initiative, "Changing the Demographic Makeup of the Teaching Workforce." The goal of this initiative is to help 10 institutions increase the percentage of Black and Hispanic men receiving initial teaching certification through their programs.

Over 40% of the PK-12 student population is non-White, yet 80% of PK-12 teachers are White. More than 40% of public schools have no teachers of color at all. In 2009-2010, of all the bachelor's degrees awarded to teacher candidates by AACTE member institutions, only 6% went to Black candidates, and about 4% went to Hispanic candidates.

 

Changing the Demographic Makeup of the Teaching Workforce will be AACTE's first "Networked Improvement Community," or NIC. NICs are characterized by their focus on a well-defined common aim, their deep understanding of the problem and the system that produces it, their disciplined application of improvement science to the problem, and the network of participants. The network accelerates the development, testing, and refining of interventions then spreads those interventions into a variety of contexts. Learn more about NICs from the Carnegie Foundation's web site.

There are a variety of drivers that influence the demographic make-up of teacher preparation programs. Members of this NIC will identify the most salient ones and employ interventions to leverage change. These include recruitment strategies, equity-based admissions policies, and incentives to pursue a career in teaching. To learn more about AACTE’s plans for the NIC, read the full charter.

Timeline Date
Call for members open online December 9, 2013
Call for members closes February 3, 2014
NIC membership announced April 17, 2014
First Meeting via WebEx/Conference Call May 2014
Meeting and presentation at AACTE Annual Meeting February 2015
Webinar for members reporting on progress October 2015
Meeting and presentation at AACTE Annual Meeting February 2016
White paper synthesizing strategies used, impact data, and lessons learned December 1, 2016
Meeting and presentation at AACTE Annual Meeting February 2017
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