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    Recruiting and Retaining Leaders, Teachers, and Staff of Color
    Posted on 09/30/2020

    Recruiting and Retaining Leaders, Teachers, and Staff of Color

    For the 2020-21 school year, Seattle Public Schools has hired significantly more staff of color. Recruiting and retaining educators and leaders of color is a key priority of the district's strategic plan Seattle Excellence.

    Research shows that all students thrive when staff reflect the diversity of our community, make learning more culturally relevant, and celebrate the unique gifts of each student. To support students' social, emotional, and educational outcomes, the Seattle Excellence lays out concrete hiring goals for staff diversity each year.

    This school year, SPS surpassed those goals by an average of 10% in each category:

    • 36% of all new classroom teachers were educators of color. The goal was 29%
    • 54% of all new school leaders were staff of color. The goal was 43%.
    • 55% of all new central office leaders, such as directors of schools, were staff of color. The goal was 44%.

    Through Seattle Excellence, SPS is laser focused on supporting Students of Color who are furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American boys and teens. From bus stop to board room, SPS is working to actively become an anti-racist educational system that ensures all students thrive, and this starts with hiring culturally responsive staff.

    To support this work, Seattle Public Schools has launched programs like the Academy for Rising Educators, which helps recent graduates, SPS staff, and community members earn their teaching certificate with a focus on candidates of color. The district has also worked to increase recruiting and build relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to hire more Black male educators.

    SPS welcomes the new educators, staff, and leaders who joined the SPS family this school year. SPS is committed not only to hiring a more diverse workforce but retaining and supporting our staff. The district will be rolling out new initiatives to support this work starting this school year.

    Learn more about the work to diversify the workforce and engage in anti-racist teaching practices.