Keeping Up With the Kids: Increasing Minority Teacher Representation in Colorado

Colorado House Bill 14-1175 required the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to study and develop strategies to increase and improve the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of high-quality minority teachers in elementary and secondary schools across the state. Through a competitive request for proposals process, CDE selected APA to prepare this report. We used a mixed-methods approach to evaluate minority teacher recruitment and retention, starting with a set of initial research questions to guide data collection, review, and analysis. Our final report synthesizes themes from demographic data, quantitative data, qualitative interview data, and policy data to create recommendations for different key parties in Colorado. The challenge of increasing minority teachers in Colorado involves both the recruitment and retention phases of teaching, and we analyze both of those phases in this study.

Following this report, APA presented findings at the joint meeting of the senate and house education committees. To follow up on comments and questions that arose out of this presentation of findings, APA created a series data visualizations of the flow of people in and out of teaching.  To view the memo, please click here.