Students of color and students who grow up in poverty are 3-10 times more likely to have unqualified teachers. At the same time, 45% of teacher residents are people of color and 91% of principals say that teacher residents are more effective than teachers who didn't go through those programs. Teacher residencies can help solve inequities in education by filling the teacher-of-color pipeline AND by giving students culturally-matched, highly-qualified educators in their classrooms.
When Black boys grow up in the presence of father figures, they tend to fare better in school and in life, according to researchers at Harvard University and Princeton University. Yet over 70% of Black children grow up in single-mother homes. Additionally, 77% of the teaching force is female, and 80% of our nation’s teachers are White. Where does this leave our Black boys? Underrepresented, misunderstood, and underprepared.