The Teachers of Color and Allies Summit (ToCA) was held on October 29th at the CU Boulder campus. At this summit, students affiliated with CU Denver’s Pathways2Teaching program led by CU Denver School of Education & Human Development faculty member Margarita Bianco met keynote speaker Mayor Michael Hancock. The mayor took time to meet and speak with the Pathways2Teaching students before his talk. He encouraged them to become teachers. His keynote inspirational talk was all about the impact a great teacher had on his life and career.
Pathways2Teaching: A Pipeline for Diverse Future Teachers was created in response to an urgent need to increase the number of teachers of color in Colorado. In the United States, and in Colorado, the public school student population is becoming increasingly more diverse while the teaching force is becoming progressively more European American (Branch, 2001). In response to the lack of diverse teachers, particularly in urban settings, colleges, universities, and school districts have been investigating creative ways to “grow your own” diverse teacher candidate pool by nurturing potential future teachers in high school.
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