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Perspective | Improving teacher diversity in North Carolina

Research says students experience significant academic and emotional benefits from having teachers of color, yet in North Carolina the educator workforce comprises a disproportionately low percentage of teachers of color. At a summit hosted by the Office of Governor Roy Cooper and partnering organizations, educators and policymakers tackled this issue by brainstorming a new landscape for recruiting and supporting a more diverse teaching workforce.

Today we will hear from leaders in the field who participated in that summit and who are directly working to improve educator diversity, support future educators of color, and ensure that all new educators are prepared to support a diverse range of students in a culturally competent classroom.


  • LaTanya Pattillo, Teacher Advisor, Office of Governor Roy Cooper
  • Dr. Anthony Graham, Provost, Winston-Salem State University
  • Kristy Moore, Vice President, North Carolina Association of Educators


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Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education, and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers.