If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover

Sep 02, 2019
  • Description

This report was written to examine the problems teachers of color face as they navigate the profession and to explore the experiences of staff in schools that intentionally attempt to retain faculty of color. There were two modes of inquiry utilized to collect data. First, teachers of color participated in focus groups and answered questions about their experiences in the workforce and what schools, districts, and states could do to keep them in the field. Second, researchers conducted case studies in schools and districts that were selected for their intentionality around retaining teachers of color.

In this report, the voices of teachers and school leaders highlight the problems teachers of color face in the workplace, affirming previous Ed Trust research.10 These voices, however, also highlight district- and school-level practices that have proven effective in addressing those problems and helping to retain teachers of color.