AzABSE Grow Your Own Initiative

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

According to the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, 2011-12 data reveal wide racial and ethnic disparities in the teacher workforce. For example, White teachers represent 82.9 percent of all general education teachers defined in the SASS as pre-K, elementary grades, and special education. In contrast, the remainder is comprised of 7.1 percent Latino, 7.0 percent African American, 1.9 percent Asian American, and 0.4 percent American Indian (NCES, 2015).

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This literature review provides an overview of the research on Grow Your Own (GYO) educator programs as a strategy for states and district to employ to help recruit and retain teachers of color. It emphasizes equitable approaches and critical perspectives that combine the powerful roles of “homegrown” teachers, culturally-relevant curriculum and social justice pedagogy in addressing achievement and opportunity gaps, especially for the nation’s woefully underserved, largely urban schools serving students of color (e.g., Rivkin, Hanushek, & Kain, 2005; Sanders & Rivers, 1996).

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