Ahead of the Class

Research Report

Ahead of the Class

A Design Handbook for Preparing New Teachers from New Sources
February 1, 2000

Abstract

Poor, high-minority urban schools, in particular, currently suffer critical shortages of teachers as a result of high turnover and the reluctance of teachers to take jobs in such schools. Aggravating the complexity of this problem, students of color are expected to constitute a majority of all K-12 students in the United States by 2035. Yet almost 90 percent of the current teaching force is white, a proportion not expected to diminish significantly in the near future.

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