Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous Educators for School & District Leaders

Key findings from Chapter 4 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. 

Schools and districts that have not implemented intentional practices that support the cultures and citizenship of Indigenous educators often struggle to retain Indigenous educators from year to year — or to ever even hire them 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. All students benefit from having Indigenous educators and school leaders in their district. 

But how can schools and districts create culturally sustaining workplaces for Indigenous educators within a system that has done so much harm to Indigenous peoples?

The Resource

Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous Educators provides three recommendations for school and district leaders. The brief distills promising practices and innovative solutions from Chapter 4 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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