Encouraging Teachers of Color to Become Superintendents According to Dr. Shawn Joseph — AVA360 Entertainment Community

In today’s American public school system, teachers and administrators are overwhelmingly White. While the proportion of teachers and administrators of color is growing, it is not keeping up with the student population’s increased diversity.

Having administrators of color, specifically superintendents, in school systems across the country is one of the keys to promoting achievement among students and teachers of color. However, recruiting and retaining teachers of color to become superintendents can be challenging.

Shawn Joseph, an experienced school administrator, and consultant explores attracting and retaining teachers of color in administrative positions.

Low Numbers of Teachers of Color

In order to recruit more principals and superintendents of color, the first step should be recruiting more teachers of color. Most school administrators start in the classroom, with a smaller percentage going straight from graduate school to an administrative post.

Support Programs

Identifying Prospects

Mentoring and Training

Reservations About Becoming a Superintendent

Reasons Why Administrators Leave the Profession

The additional pressures on minoritized administrators can be difficult to manage as well. Dr. Shawn Joseph reports that administrators often feel that they are held to a higher standard than the general population. They also can be confronted with racism and bias in the workplace.

Superintendents of color need to develop a multicultural network of community leaders to accurately map a community’s power-structure and begin identifying structures to gain access to decision-makers at the local, state, and national level.

Originally published at https://www.ava360.com on March 5, 2021.

Dr. Shawn Joseph’s passion for equity and social justice has led him to serve in a number of positions in the world of education.

Dr. Shawn Joseph’s passion for equity and social justice has led him to serve in a number of positions in the world of education.