Educators of Color in Kansas City

Focus Areas: Teachers Work, Career Pathways, Postsecondary Education

This series of studies examines the preparation, recruitment and retention patterns of teachers of color in the Kansas City metro area.

In the United States, 25% of K-12 students identify as Latinx, yet only 8% of educators do. This series of studies, commissioned by the Latinx Education Collaborative, explores the educator pipeline in Kansas City, focusing on the gender, age, and racial-ethnic makeup of the pre-service and in-service educators in the region.

To date, three studies have been completed:

  1. Teachers of Color in Kansas City looks at teachers in the 14-country Kansas City metropolitan area, asking the following questions:
    • Are schools in Kansas City recruiting and retaining teachers of color?
    • To what degree do teachers reflect the students they teach?
    • Do teachers of color in Kansas City leave the profession at higher rates than white teachers?
  2. Teacher Preparation Programs examines teacher preparation programs in Kansas and Missouri.
    • What types of teacher preparation program are available in KS and MO?
    • Are KS and MO making progress in enrolling more students of color into their teacher preparation programs?
  3.  Educators of Color in Kansas City provides a snapshot of educators (teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff) in the Kansas City area.  The dashboard provides 2016-2019 district-level data on educators of color in the region.