Research suggests children benefit in many ways from having a teacher of the same race or ethnicity. But now more than ever, the diversity of our country’s teaching workforce is at risk. Even before COVID-19, Latino teachers were facing unique challenges that led to job dissatisfaction and many Latino educators leaving the profession before they master teaching.
Schools across the country are at a high risk of teacher attrition. Poor working conditions are known to influence teacher retention and, among those conditions, the lack of resources for teaching and learning and opportunities for professional collaboration strongly influence the decision to leave the classroom. Social distancing policies, increased demands from new virtual learning environments, and pressure to meet higher needs among low-income students and English Language Learners (ELLs) underscore these attrition risk factors.
Considering this urgency, Latinos for Education fast-tracked the design and implementation of a plan to cultivate and accelerate teacher leadership. The Latinx Teachers’ Fellowship will provide a national cohort of 50-75 Latinx K-12 teachers with a learning network of peers and the tools to collaboratively prepare to maintain and improve the skills needed to serve large ELL populations during the re-entry process. Our goal is to equip Latinx teachers to navigate the increased demands of a post-pandemic education system and improve their likelihood of progressing in their careers as teacher leaders into the next school year and beyond.
Who are the ideal candidates? Latinx teachers:
- Identify as Latino/a/x/e
- With 2-7 years of K-12 teaching experience
- Serving large ELL populations
- Who teach across Massachusetts, Houston, NYC, or the Bay Area
- With a track record accomplishing high student achievement
- Friday, July 1, 2022: In-Person Session
- Tuesday, July 12, 2022: Virtual Session
- Thursday, July 14, 2022: Virtual Session
- Tuesday, July 19, 2022: Virtual Session
- Thursday, July 21, 2022: Virtual Session
- Tuesday, July 26, 2022: Virtual Session
- Friday, July 29, 2022: In-Person Session
Session Topics Include:
- State of Latino Education
- Latinx Educators leading DEI in the Classroom
- Culturally Responsive and Linguistically Sustainable Practice
- Engaging Families of Color
- Social and Emotional Skills for Diverse Populations
By the end of the summer, we expect Fellows will:
- Increase their self-efficacy around leveraging their Latinx identity as agents of change.
- Develop clarity over their commitment to the classroom and their goals within the education landscape.
- Collaborate around best practices for driving positive academic outcomes for students of color.
- Build local and national learning networks of Latinx teachers.