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Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative
In 2014, the CDE, in conjunction with many stakeholders across Colorado engaged teachers of color to identify strategies that would support the diversity of our educator workforce. The result was a report titled Keeping Up with the Kids, which supports several strategies for the state of Colorado to consider and implement to support the diversification of the teacher workforce.
To compliment that work, in March 2018, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) engaged ten states in their Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers (DLRT) Initiative. Over 30 national organizations collaborated to support the work of DLRT. This network worked to revise, enact or remove state and local policies that address specific challenges for diversifying the educator workforce and ensuring all educators are culturally responsive in practice. Click here to learn more about the CCSSO DLRT Initiative.
The Colorado DLRT team started with ten members that attended national CCSSO convenings, obtained coaching with a national expert, and conducted countless meetings over a two-year period to develop a strategy to support districts to address systemic racism that impacts teacher diversity and student engagement. Since January 2020, fourteen (14) district and BOCES teams have participated in a 3-part professional learning series, Equity for Teachers and Students, where they explored issues of equity through the lens of race with the goal of supporting leaders to create policies that enact equity and encourage the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce in support of all teachers and increased student success.
CCSSO Vision and Guidance
The CCSSO report, Vision and Guidance for a Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Workforce outlines the recommendations the network has set forth.
Amie Baca-Oehlert • President Colorado Education Association
Mary Bivens • Director, Educator Development, Colorado Department of Education
Erin Brophy-Lindo • Human Resources Director, Aurora Public Schools
Carla Cariño • Teacher, Social Studies, North High School and 2019 Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet Member
Floyd Cobb • Executive Director, Teaching & Learning, Colorado Department of Education
Carolyn Haug • Director, Research & Impact, Colorado Department of Education
Jingzi (Ginny) Huang • Director, School of Teacher Education & Associate Dean, College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, University of Northern Colorado
Annette Konoske-Graf • Senior Program Manager, TEACH Colorado
Reneé Lovato • Operations Coordinator for the Associate Commissioner of Educator Talent, Colorado Department of Education
Colleen O'Neil • Associate Commissioner of Educator Talent, Colorado Department of Education
Joshua Quick • Director of Professional Practice, Colorado Education Association
Christina Randle • Teacher, Soaring Eagle Elementary School, 2019 Commissioner's Teacher Cabinet Member and 2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year