TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS: IN KANSAS AND MISSOURI
In the United States, students of color account for more than 45% of the P–12 population, but only 17.5% of teachers are people of color (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 2013). Despite efforts to diversify the profession, teachers of color remain underrepresented. The research in this report demonstrates that the current pipeline of aspiring educators of color is insufficient to increase educators of color anytime soon. This report offers recommendations for recruiting a more diverse cohort of candidates of color and retaining them through graduation. Our work continues. It is imperative that, collectively, we encourage students of color to pursue careers in education. Representation is critical to improving educational outcomes.