• University of Phoenix and National Network of State Teachers release white paper that examines the career trajectories of black male teachers.

    So I am slowly – repeat slowly – coming off hiatus. I wanted to take time to share an interesting conversation I had last week regarding the lack of diversity in our classrooms. While students of color make up more than half of P-12 classroom populations in the U.S., a shortage of teachers of color is still problematic. Specifically, this is alarming regarding black male teachers, who make up less than two percent of the teaching population.

    Despite multiple studies suggesting that the lack of diversity has negative implications for all students, both culturally and academically, little has been done to improve recruitment and retention. Researchers from University of Phoenix (UOPX) Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research – in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) – published piece on this topic, highlighting the challenges of black male educators. Findings were discussed during a roundtable webinar hosted by the university last Friday. Dr. Kimberly Underwood, University of Phoenix Research Chair for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research gives us the details. Listen in for more.