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Lessons from Black Teachers’ Experiences in Allegheny County

A timely briefing to explore why Black teachers are leaving the workforce at higher rates than their peers and what we can do to reverse this trend


Growing numbers of states and districts are recognizing that recruiting and retaining teachers of color have positive academic and social-emotional benefits for all students. However, Black teachers, in particular, are leaving the profession at higher rates than White teachers.

RFA hosted a critical briefing, Lessons from Black Teachers’ Experiences in Allegheny County. A team from Research for Action shared insights, along with policy and practice recommendations from the Allegheny County Black Teacher Study, a community-informed exploration designed to learn directly from Black teachers about the barriers to recruitment and retention in the region.

Watch the recording to discover how Black teachers support students and schools in crucial ways and the unique obstacles they encounter. Gain a deeper understanding of the systemic and interpersonal issues they face, from racial segregation to declining enrollment, and the lack of diversity among teaching staff. Hear recommendations for stakeholders, including school and district leaders, policymakers, and communities, to improve recruitment, support, and retention of Black teachers.

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