Gerald Hairston, Ed.D
Minority Teacher Recruiting Coordinator
Minority Teacher Recruitment
The Minority Teacher Recruiting Program is collaboration between CREC’s Expert Solutions and Connecticut school districts. It is integral to increase the numbers of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Asian American teachers and administrators in the region's public schools. Expert Solutions services include, but are not limited to, assisting schools to attract, recruit, hire, and retain a diverse teaching and administrative personnel that more closely represents the diversity of the student population.
As of 2015 data students of color account for over 40% of Connecticut's public school students; only 8% of the state's teachers and about 2% of the administrators in Connecticut's public schools are people of color.
The lack of minority representation in the educational field is a concern for urban, suburban and rural school districts. It is important that all children have access to positive teaching, learning experiences, and role models with educators from a variety of backgrounds in order to be successful in an increasingly racially and culturally diverse society. Many Connecticut public school students will never have the opportunity to engage with a teacher of color.
Historically the following districts have participated in the CREC MTR program over multiple years. Consortium membership is available to districts throughout the school year:
- East Hartford
- Jumoke Academy Charter Schools
- New Britain
- South Windsor
- West Hartford
The MTR Consortium maintains a database of teacher and administrator of color candidates as a service to our member districts who are focused on diversifying their pool of certified education professionals. Aspirant educators provide a "common" application and participating districts receive access to each candidate’s complete file.