Marin Educators For Equity: Inclusive. Representative. Culturally Responsive.

By 2028, Marin’s educational ecosystem, from cradle to career, will provide all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or financial circumstance, access to racially diverse educators. This educator diversity is important because Educators of Color (EOC) are uniquely poised to support a more culturally responsive learning environment that is inclusive and representative of students’ diverse backgrounds and lived experiences as well as promotes culturally responsive curriculum, policies, and structures across all learning institutions.

The Initiative seeks to increase the number of educators of color across Marin county so that the workforce more closely aligns with the demographics of the student population.

This Initiative will focus on the following strategies:

Grow Your Own Pathways: Improve training and support infrastructure for teachers of color through CTE pathways, teacher residencies and credentialing and degree completion guidance.

Recruit & Hire Diversity: Improve and increase antiracist recruitment and hiring policies and practices.

Retain Quality Educators: Improve organizational culture, increase access to affordable housing and affinity spaces, and improve HR policies.

Below is a list of Partners engaged in this Initiative:

  • College of Marin
  • Dominican University of California
  • Marin County Office of Education
  • Novato Unified School District
  • San Rafael City Schools
  • Sausalito Marin City School District
  • Shoreline Unified School District
  • Tamalpais Union High School District
  • The Branson School

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Work is underway by partner institutions to develop key program components. Backbone Team support provided by MPP and E3 are essential to facilitating alignment and collaborative action under the collective impact model. To date, the initiative has served 113 EOCs across the county through racial affinity groups and an Equity Forum. While the total capacity of the pipeline has not yet been defined, it is important to note a few key numbers:

  • CTE Educator Pathways under development at high schools in two partner districts envision serving cohorts of 30 students in each graduating class. 
  • Models for teacher residencies envision cohorts of 23-25 credential candidates. With 140 certificated vacancies in the county each year, there is potential for multiple cohorts annually.
  • The Marin County Office of Education’s state funded support of paraprofessionals pursuing credentials is over-enrolled at 30. 

With the state and federal governments supporting the development of EOC pipelines, this work is timely. The Backbone Team will continue to actively share the model and progress with the national  StriveTogether network, Promise Neighborhoods network, and the CA Cradle to Career Coalition.