RECRUITING AND RETAINING INDIGENOUS EDUCATORS: A RESOURCE FOR Teacher education programs

Key findings from Chapter 2 of “Systems and Supports to Develop Indigenous Educators: A Landscape Analysis”

The Need

Broad recruitment and retention efforts often fail to address the specific needs of Indigenous educators. 

 Teacher education programs that have not implemented intentional practices that support the cultures and citizenship of Indigenous educator candidates often struggle to retain Indigenous educators from year to year — or to ever even recruit them to the program in the first place. Representation at all levels of the public school system is important for both our present and future generations of students: the students who see themselves in their educators know that they can one day become educators, too.  

But how can teacher education programs create programs that attract, sustain, and support Indigenous educators within a higher education system that has historically raised barriers to their full participation?

The Resource

Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous Educators provides three recommendations for teacher education programs. The brief distills promising practices and innovative solutions from Chapter 2 of “Systems and Supports to Develop Indigenous Educators: A Landscape Analysis.”

These recommendations should be part of ongoing work to better support current and future generations of Native students, educators, and families.

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