America is becoming increasingly more diverse. According to the Census Bureau, by the year 2100, the U.S. minority population will become the majority, with non-Hispanic whites making up about 40% of the U.S. population. And while the school population shifts, the teacher population is projected to remain overwhelmingly white and female. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics found that in 2011-2012, over 80% of classroom teachers identified as white.
As the student population changes, so do classrooms. Schools must prioritize efforts to promote diversity and equity within their school culture and within the classroom. It is important to focus on diversity and equity because white teachers have to be able to use classroom instruction to support a diverse student population. Below are 5 ways to promote equity and diversity in your classroom.