Hiring and Retention
Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School have a strategic initiative to recruit actively and retain a diverse staff. We are adjusting our hiring practices to hire more educators of color and address the diversity gap between our students of color and their teachers and supporting staff of color. As of the 2021-22 school year, 31% of all new hires identify as a person of color.
Supporting Our Educators of Color
In the 2020-21 school year, we conducted a focus group with ten educators of color across our elementary, middle, and high schools. We gathered qualitative data focused on the experiences of our educators of color in our schools with supervisors and colleagues. Our discussions revealed how our educators of color must have an affinity space to gather and share their experiences and best practices. A direct result of some of the feedback received from the focus group has informed our newly created Educators of Color Affinity Mentoring Group.
The Educators of Color Mentor Affinity Group is an extension of our district’s Induction and Mentoring Program. We believe it is critically important to support our educators of color professionally and effectively once they are employed in our schools. We strive to be intentional in ensuring that the career trajectory of our educators of color is a successful and meaningful experience, in which they become an integral part of the school community, and are role models for all students, particularly for students of color. The Educators of Color Mentor Affinity Group is available to:
- Educators of color hired as of 2021-22 school year
- All other educators of color employed within the last three years (from SY 2019-20 – present)
- Educators who identify as a person of color: Native American, Black/African American, African, North African Descent, Latino, Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander, Multi-racial, Bi-racial, Middle Eastern.
The primary goal of the Educators of Color Mentor Affinity Group is to:
- Support the professional growth of new educators of color.
- Address unique needs and challenges that educators of color encounter as they get acclimated to their school culture and establish working relationships with colleagues within their department.
- Connect with other educators of color who are new to the district(s) and share experiences.