What is the Coalition?
The Coalition for Increasing Teachers of Color and American Indians in MN formed in the fall of 2015 as a collaboration between teacher preparation programs in the metro area, local school districts, and education advocacy organizations concerned that Minnesota’s teaching force remains 96% white even though students of color and American Indian students comprise 30% of the K-12 population and the disparity is worse in many urban, suburban, and rural schools with larger diverse populations.
Quickly, we built power with community based agencies who have been tirelessly working on this issue for years and shared many similar policy recommendations, specifically Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP), Educators 4 Excellence, Voices for Racial Justice, Education Minnesota, and Minnesota Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE). On December 11 more than 40 people from these and other organizations gathered to discuss the emerging Coalition and a platform for change including a common goal and five key state policy and investment proposals.
The Goal: By 2020, double the current number of teachers in the state and ensuring that 20% of candidates in the teacher preparation pipeline are persons of color or American Indian by implementing new policy and investments.