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MCTC co-sponsored Increasing Teacher Diversity in MN forum


Feb. 12, 2016

Minneapolis, Minn.—Minneapolis Community and Technical College co-sponsored Increasing Teacher Diversity in Minnesota: An OngoingIncreasing Teacher Diversity in Minnesota forum Community Conversation and Call to Action. More than 200 people from more than organizations, school districts, institutions and various racial/ethnic communities throughout the state participated in the event that was held Saturday, Feb. 6 on our campus.

Participants united around a common goal to double the current number of teachers of color in the state by 2020, and ensure that 20% of candidates in the teacher preparation pipeline are people of color and American Indian.  Nearly 30 percent of students in Minnesota schools are students of color and American Indian students, yet 4 percent of their teachers are of color or American Indian. The gap is much wider in many Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota schools with a majority of students of color and American Indian students.

Ideas for action to address barriers to the profession for people of color and American Indians were developed in the following areas:

  • Increasing pathways for diverse youth, paraprofessionals and career changers to enter the teaching profession
  • Eliminating discriminatory teacher testing requirements
  • Providing scholarship incentives and student teaching stipends
  • Providing induction and retention support
  • Offering loan forgiveness for teaching service
  • Making changes to ensure curriculum and instruction are culturally relevant

The event was supported by Governor Dayton who wrote to participants “The strategies that come out of today’s conversations will help move Minnesota forward and help enhance the educational experiences of all students across the state.”  


Organization Represented at Feb 6
Increasing Teacher Diversity Call to Action

African American Registry

Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools

Anoka-Hennepin Teachers of Color Coalition

Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Augsburg College


Bush Foundation


CFANS Alumni Society

Coalition of Asian American Leaders

College of St. Scholastica

Concordia College- Moorhead

Crossroads Elementary

Crown College

Deer River ISD 317

East Metro Integration District

Education Evolving

Education Minnesota

Educators 4 Excellence - Minnesota

El Colegio Charter School

Everybody In

Fridley Public Schools

Gilles Education and Policy Consulting

Goddard College

Hamline University

Hiawatha Academies

Hmong Parent Advisory Council (HPAC)

Hopkins Public Schools

Intermediate District 287

Inver Grove Heights Community Schools/YEPTC

Inver Hills Community College

Latino League of Educators (LLE)

League of Latino Educators

Macalester College

Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis Community & Technical College

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis South Rotary

Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC)

Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE)

Minnesota Department of Education

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP)

Minnesota Private College Council

Minnesota School Boards Association

Minnesota State College Student Association

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Minnesota State University-Mankato

MN Private College Council

MN State Colleges & Universities

Murray Middle School, SPPS

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum--Twin Cities

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change


Northeast Metro ISD 916

Osseo Area Schools ISD #279

Richfield STEM School

Rochester Public Schools

Roosevelt High School

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Saint Paul ECFE

Saint Paul Public Schools

Science Museum of Minnesota

South High School

South Washington County Schools

Spring Lake Park Schools

St Cloud State University

St. Catherine University

Symmetry Systems Unlimited

TAP Resource Center  - Diversity Navigators

The BrandLab

The Sanneh Foundation

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

University of Minnesota, Morris

University of Northwestern - St. Paul

University of St. Thomas

Voices For Racial Justice

Wayzata Public Schools

Winona State University

Zintkala Luta

See and use pictures from the event taken by Thai Phy Phan-Quang.

The day’s agenda can be found on the event website.

A petition calling for policy change is available at:  http://tinyurl.com/IncreaseTeacherDiversityMN

E-mail the Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color in Minnesota for more information.