Diverse Teachers for Diverse Communities
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EvCC Teacher Education Advancement Program is working to increase the number of teachers of color in local K-12 schools. Our state needs more diverse teachers. The number of people of color in the Washington State and Snohomish County is rapidly increasing, especially in the school age population. The percentage of people of color ages 5-19 in Washington State grew from 19 percent in 2000 to 26 percent in 2007. Forty percent of students in schools statewide are students of color, yet only 8 percent of teachers are people of color. The low percentage of teachers of color demonstrates a tremendous need to recruit students of color into the teaching profession to meet the needs of our increasing diverse k-12 student population.
The TEA Program objective is to increase the number of teachers of color in local K-12 school districts. The TEA Program at Everett Community College supports lower division collegiate coursework required for transfer to Central and Western Washington Universities. The program will increase low-income and minority students access to higher education and increase the number of low income students that obtain two and four year degrees in education. This program is designed to connect with low-income minority youth living and/or attending schools in Everett, Marysville, and Monroe. We thank the Portland Teachers Program for allowing us to adopt their model.