Attracting a diverse group of teachers for top teaching jobs is a new priority for some cities.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools are encouraging more teachers to fill new leadership opportunities that could pay as much as an additional $11,300 a year. This includes efforts to attract a more diverse group, thus building a strong group of applicants.
“This would be aligned with what we do when trying to build strong and diverse application pools,” said Jody Spolar, chief human resources officer. “If you want to advance the goal of diversity in your workplace … you have to be deliberate about making sure you have a strong applicant pool.”
At the present time, 15 percent of the teaching staff are minorities and 11 percent of the career ladder teachers are minorities, while 66 percent of the students are minorities.
The notice that was sent to all teachers stated: “The district strives to ensure that teacher leaders are racially representative of our student population and aims to staff a strong and racially diverse cohort of Career Ladder educators for 2015-16.”