Investing in talent has long been a part of the NewSchools strategy. One of the biggest talent challenges in education today is diversifying the pool of teachers and leaders to better reflect and serve public school students.
Our goal is for the PreK-12 education workforce to mirror the racial demographics of U.S. students.
Today’s young people are the most diverse in our nation’s history. Forty percent of PreK-12 students are Black and Latino; more than half identify as a person of color. If we are going to reimagine learning so it works better for every student, we need diverse teachers and education leaders who understand the backgrounds and life experiences of the students they serve.
To support this work, NewSchools invests in diverse teachers and leaders. The benefits of diverse educators are well documented, but Black and Latino teachers and leaders are underrepresented in the education sector when compared to the percentage of Black and Latino students in our nation’s schools. If no action is taken, this gap will grow as the number of children of color in the American public school system continues to climb.
NewSchools’ Diverse Leaders strategy aims to close the diversity gap by recruiting, retaining, and supporting Black and Latino leaders in education. Our goal is for teachers and education leaders to more closely mirror the PreK-12 student population. We work toward this goal by:
- Investing in innovators with bold ideas to diversify education leadership.
- Influencing education entrepreneurs, funders and partners to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion.
Reinforcing our commitment to diversity at NewSchools to ensure we are well equipped to deliver on our goals. Learn more about our journey.
Impact and Strategy
Invested in 54 ventures
Funding catalyzed by our ventures
Leaders supported, 79% are Black or Latino
The Diverse Leaders strategy is based on robust research from within and outside the education sector that suggests diversifying education leadership and the U.S. teaching force will improve student outcomes, give rise to more innovative and relevant ideas, sustain change over time and strengthen organizations.
More Innovative and Relevant Ideas
The Center for Talent Innovation found that organizations with diverse leadership are 72 percent more likely to challenge the status quo and 50 percent more likely to take risks. In addition, data suggest education teams who are representative of students’ diverse racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, have a deeper understanding of student needs, increasing their ability to create relevant solutions.
More Sustainable Change
A monograph by United Negro College Fund captures a common sentiment among communities of color that education reform has been imposed upon them. The authors recommend education organizations partner with local leaders to activate entire communities to become more involved in education advocacy, spurring long-lasting change that benefits all children in the community. Their research supports our belief that authentic community partnership with local leaders is necessary to achieve sustainable change.
A McKinsey report found that diverse organizations outperform homogeneous ones, have higher employee satisfaction and enjoy improved employee collaboration and loyalty. Along these lines, “Unrealized Impact,” a report funded by and produced in partnership with NewSchools, showed education staff members who perceive their workplaces as diverse, equitable and inclusive are three times more likely to recommend their organizations to a friend. They also report higher satisfaction rates and higher intent to stay.
Despite the benefits of diversity, there is a large diversity gap in education. Leaders of color are underrepresented in education as compared to students of color in our nation’s schools, especially Black and Latino leaders. If nothing changes, this gap will grow as the number of children of color in our public school system continues to climb.
Diverse Leaders Ventures
NewSchools supports the advancement of Black and Latino educators and leaders in education so they more closely mirror the demographics of students served in U.S. PreK-12 schools. Explore our current and past ventures.
Entrepreneur: Kiara Butler
For-profit | Founded: 2017 | Visit the Site
Diversity Talks provides K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, community based organizations, and corporations with student-led professional development grounded in the cultural competencies of diversity, equity and inclusion to increase academic performance, and achievement.
Latinos for Education
Entrepreneur: Amanda Fernandez
Nonprofit | Founded: 2016 | Visit the Site
Latinos for Education (L4E) is dedicated to developing, placing and connecting essential Latino leadership in the education sector. Latinos for Education (L4E) develops Latino education leaders, forges a nationwide network of Latinos in education to accelerate their collective voice, and establishes an advocacy agenda representing the unique assets of Latinos.
Entrepreneur: Jason Terrell
Nonprofit | Founded: 2014 | Visit the Site
Profound Gentlemen trains Black and Latino male educators (Impact Leaders) to mentor and lead cohorts of early-career teachers through a yearlong professional development track to build their leadership and impact. All Impact Leaders are current teachers or school leaders that utilize a curriculum developed by Dr. Chance Lewis of the University of North Carolina Charlotte School of Education, Better Lesson, and the PG founders.
Entrepreneur: Carmita Semaan
Nonprofit | Founded: 2014 | Visit the Site
The Surge Fellowship is the signature program of the Surge Institute. The vision of the Surge Fellowship is to dramatically change the face of leadership in education reform by preparing, connecting, and supporting high-capacity African-American and Latino leaders across organizations who are seeking to dramatically improve education options and outcomes for low-income children.
Why are Latino education entrepreneurs underrepresented?Read the Full Report
Find out what funders can do to support and attract more Latino leaders.
Groundbreaking report on diversity, equity and inclusion within the education sector, including philanthropies, nonprofits and schoolsLearn More
Groundbreaking study of staff experience, workplace practices, and demographics across the education sector.
Bibliography of research related to pairing diverse educators with principals of the same raceRead the Research Summary
A summary of over 25 studies examining teacher diversity and the effects on students.