Teachers' Preferences to Teach Underserved Students

Author/s: 

Matthew Ronfeldt

,

Andrew Kwok

,

Michelle Reininger

Year of Publication: 
2014

To increase the supply of teachers into underserved schools, teacher educators and policymakers commonly use two approaches: (a) recruit individuals who already report strong preferences to work in underserved schools or (b) design pre-service preparation to increase preferences. Using survey and administrative data on more than 1,000 teachers in a large, urban district, this study provides some of the first district-level evidence for both approaches. Individuals with stronger underserved preferences and teachers of color were more likely to enter underserved schools. Underserved preferences also increased across pre-service student teaching, although increases were mostly unrelated to working with underserved student populations.

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Ronfeldt, M., Kwok, A., & Reininger, M. (2014). Teachers' Preferences to Teach Underserved Students.