When It Comes to Employing More Teachers of Color, Some Funders Are On the Right Track

 

From Inside Philanthropy

By L.S. Hall

"We've written in the past about funder-backed efforts to increase the number of teachers of color in America's K-12 classrooms. Now, a recent study underscores why that work is so important.

For students of color, especially African American males, having teachers that look like them matters. A new study published by the Institute of Labor Economics finds that African American students who are assigned to a teacher of their race in grades three, four or five perform better on standardized assessments and are significantly less likely to drop out of high school. Such students are also more likely to aspire to attend college after high school."