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A ‘grow your own’ vision of teacher diversity

Leaders in education, labor and civil rights packed AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., this month for the” Grow Your Own: Teacher Diversity and Social Justice Summit,” a provocative and engaging series of presentations that showcased the power of effective home-grown methods for addressing the teacher shortage and for identifying, preparing and retaining teachers of color who live in the communities where they work.

Co-sponsored by the AFT and the National Education Association, the May 17-18 summit included more than 150 leaders from organizations around the nation—groups representing state legislators, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, labor, researchers, higher education leaders, civil rights and social justice leaders, and faith-based organizations.

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