The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and the Diversifying Delaware’s Educational Workforce (DDEW) professional learning community partnered on an initiative to identify and narrow diversity gaps in Delaware’s educator workforce. DDOE and DDEW meet regularly to discuss workforce data and develop strategies for recruiting, hiring, developing, and training a diverse and culturally responsive educator workforce.
As first steps, our team—
- Conducted a detailed needs assessment
- Developed a monitoring plan establishing measurable educator workforce goals and recommendations for evaluating Delaware’s progress toward achieving them
In support of the initiative, Insight is currently providing high-intensity technical assistance focused on assessing diversity gaps, identifying barriers to hiring a diverse workforce, examining root causes of those barriers, and developing strategies for addressing the barriers and narrowing diversity gaps. Insight is also developing a data visualization tool that uses person-level administrative data from DDOE to illustrate the potential influence of the educator pipeline on workforce diversity at the school, district, and state levels.
Final report, data visualization tool