Creating a District Plan to Increase the Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity of Your Educator Workforce: A Guidebook for Hiring and Selection is intended to support districts and schools across Connecticut to increase the racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the teacher and leader workforce per Public Act 18-34. Although the diversity of Connecticut’s educators is on the rise, it has not kept pace with the diversity of the student population. In 2008, 35.5% of the student population were students of color. Ten years later, the percentage of students of color has risen to 46%. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has committed to addressing this inequity by setting an ambitious goal with a call to action for the CSDE, local schools and districts, and other education partners to strategically design and implement recruitment plans that will help to collectively achieve this goal. The importance of this work, which is undergirded by a growing body of research, cannot be overstated.
In accordance with Public Act (P.A.) 16-41, An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force, Sections 2, 3, and 6, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) convened the Minority Teacher Recruitment (MTR) Policy Oversight Council and measured the effectiveness of MTR programs using participant surveys and results-based accountability measures.