Excerp from reported finding:
A recent report by University of Washington College of Education researchers for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, explores the movement and demographic characteristics of the state’s approximately 60,000 teachers within and across districts, as well as into and out of the profession.
One major finding is that the share of first- and second-year teachers in Washington schools has nearly doubled in the last six years, from 6.0 percent of the workforce (3,387 teachers) in 2010-11 to 11.6 percent (6,918 teachers) in 2015-16.
From a 94 percent share of the teaching workforce in 1995-96, white teachers continued to comprise 90 percent of Washington teachers in 2015-16.
Full report can be found HERE.
Now more than ever it is imparative to take a multicultural approach to teaching. With the diversity of students across the state increasing, the percentage of educators of color has been stagnant for far too long. The educational workforce across that nation and here in our "progressive" state reamains overwhelmingly white.We as individuals need to make an effort wherever possible to use the tools we are learning to expand and diversify our teaching methods. Learning new literacies especially digital tools will be needed to bridge our social divide.