U.S. Secretary of Education King to Discuss the Importance of Teacher Diversity During Education Summit

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Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will deliver remarks and moderate a youth panel at the National Summit on Teacher Diversity on Friday, May 6, at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. King will discuss the importance of increasing diversity among our nation’s educators in order to meet the needs of students. The all-day summit is hosted by the Department, the American Federation of Teachers, the Albert Shanker Institute, the National Education Association, and Teach For America. The goal of the summit is to further support commitments to attracting, preparing, retaining, and supporting educators of color. To view the agenda, visit http://www2.ed.gov/documents/press-releases/05052016-teacher-diversity-summit-agenda.doc.

Participants will discuss the challenges that have resulted in the lack of diversity in the teacher workforce, as well as strategies and solutions to address these concerns in their areas of work. Stakeholders invited to the summit include practitioners in pipeline and preparation programs, district hiring managers, superintendents, school leaders and professional development providers from across the country.

King has prioritized supporting and lifting up the teaching profession and is committed to supporting efforts to increase diversity in the teaching profession so that our teaching force more closely reflects the increasingly diverse student population it serves.