‘Not the Only One’: Colorado Teachers of Color Push for Diversifying Educator Ranks

Chalkbeat Colorado | Yesenia Robles

Pamelagrace Okeke, a social worker in Jeffco, who said she’s always the only black educator in the schools where she works, said it’s difficult to be the only different voice.

“I feel very isolated here,” Okeke said. “The only reason I’m still here is for the kids.”

Despite a range of efforts to diversify the workforce in education, Colorado’s teachers largely do not look like the students they serve, and the gap has not changed much in recent years. This article from Chalkbeat emphasizes research showing that students of color can benefit from having teachers of color and that a more diverse workforce will lead to better achievement outcomes.

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