Teach for America: The Latinization of U.S. Schools and the Critical Shortage of Latina/o Teachers

  • Irizarry J
  • Donaldson M
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Abstract

Motivated by shifting demographics and the persistently low academic perfor- mance of Latinas/os in U.S. schools, the authors examine factors that influence the recruitment and retention of Latina/o teachers. Applying Latina/o critical race theory and cross-case analysis to data collected from three groups of Latinas/os at distinct points in the teacher pipeline—high school students, undergraduate preservice teachers, and inservice teachers—the authors con- clude that the perspectives and experiences of Latinas/os differ significantly from the dominant narrative on teacher recruitment and retention, which is largely defined by White teachers’ career histories. The findings of this study serve as an important race- and culture-conscious counternarrative that can inform efforts to systematically diversify the teaching profession.

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Authors

  • J. Irizarry

  • M. L. Donaldson

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