State’s Largest Teachers Union Amplifies Call to Diversify the Teaching Profession

CEA champions efforts to create a diverse teaching force that reflects the state’s racial and ethnic diversity

CEA is stepping up its efforts to diversify Connecticut’s teaching force by launching a statewide awareness campaign aimed at encouraging more young people of color to pursue careers in teaching. Right now, more than 40 percent of Connecticut’s schoolchildren are minorities, but only 8 percent of the state’s teachers are people of color.

The new campaign, Teaching Is Calling You, highlights teachers as role models for their students as well as mentors for young people who may never have considered the positive difference they could make as future educators.

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“I think any individual can make a difference. I, for a long time, have been the only African American male teacher at my school, and I have definitely seen the impact of my voice. Students should consider the teaching profession because it really is a great opportunity to connect with children and create the kind of school they want to see.”
-Marquis Johnson, Windsor science teacher

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Media Coverage

News 8 Interviews Teachers and CEA Executive Director Don Williams

The student population in Connecticut’s public schools has become more diverse over the years but diversity among teachers and other certified staff is not keeping up.

Connecticut Style Interviews CEA President Jeff Leake

CEA President Jeff Leake and 2019 Teacher of the Year and Bridgeport teacher Sheena Graham on WTNH TV discussing CEA’s campaign to expand the minority teaching force.