Activating, Encouraging, and Inspiring Teachers for Equity and Inclusion

Our Focus on Activating & Recruiting Future Teachers

The CSU is committed to eliminating the state's teacher shortage so that all public school students have access to well-prepared teachers who reflect and promote equity and inclusion.

We are also committed to narrowing the diversity gap between the state's public school teachers and students.  As shown in the graph below, students of color (i.e., non-white students) outnumbered teachers of color by 42 percentage points in 2016-17. We are encouraged that this gap can be closed because in that same year 65% of the candidates in CSU's teacher credential programs were students of color. If the upward trend continues, the proportion of students of color graduating from CSU's credential programs will soon match that of the students of color in California public schools. This will help significantly to close the diversity gap since CSU educator preparation programs credential over half of the new teachers in California. 

The collection of strategies on the Recruitment page are designed to help the CSU and other teacher preparation programs attract and invite more students of color to the teaching profession.

Diversity Analysis Chart

Our Focus on Encouraging and Inspiring - Teacher Preparation Strategies

The resources on the Preparation page are designed to support the preparation of teacher candidates with the perspectives and strategies necessary to recognize, value, and advance the cultural, social, and academic identities of diverse students served by California's schools and to partner with families and communities in supporting and sustaining student success in school.  The California Department of Education reports that of the state's 6.2 million K-12 students,

  • 61% are underrepresented students of color
  • 20% are English Learners
  • 72 languages are spoken in students' homes

Teachers must be prepared not only to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, but also to recognize, appreciate, and support the full range of human diversity among the students they serve. For example,

We are pleased to provide a platform where faculty and teacher candidates can share and access resources that they have found useful in preparing teachers to meet these challenges and opportunities.