Millennial Teachers of Color

Millennial Teachers of Color

Edited by Mary E. Dilworth, Foreword by Lisa Delpit
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-142-6
Price: $32.00

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Pub. Date: May 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-144-0

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2019 Outstanding Book Award, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

Millennial Teachers of Color explores the opportunities and challenges for creating and sustaining a healthy teaching force in the United States. Millennials are the largest generational cohort in American history, with approximately ninety million members and, of these, roughly 43 percent are people of color. This book, edited by prominent teacher educator Mary E. Dilworth, considers the unique qualities, challenges, and opportunities posed by that large population for the teaching field.


The mismatch of the current cohort of students we serve to the teachers we recruit and retain is really unforgivable. We need a system of strategic actions that addresses this demographic gap once and for all. This book beautifully covers the reasons why and the results we need to achieve racially and ethnically infused teaching and learning. More importantly, it outlines an impressive framework for getting the job done. — Nancy Zimpher, chancellor emeritus, State University of New York, and Senior Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Dilworth shines needed light on the work, divergent experiences, nuanced views, and complexities of millennial teachers of color. The perspectives of these educators are indispensable in understanding the near future of US public education. — Nathan Bowling, Tacoma Public Schools, 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Millennial Teachers of Color serves as a wake-up call and illustrates that more must be done if teacher preparation programs and school districts want to grow and retain this highly educated and talented group of teachers. — Amanda Vickery, Teachers College Record

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About the Editor

Mary E. Dilworth (EdD, Catholic University of America) currently serves as an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. Dilworth’s career has centered on issues of teacher quality and preparation, with a keen focus on racial/ethnic and linguistic diversity and equity issues. She led a host of education research, policy, and program initiatives as vice-president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and senior vice-president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In addition, she served as visiting professor and director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of the District of Columbia. Earlier in her career Dilworth was affiliated with Howard University in Washington, DC. She was a research fellow with the university’s Institute for the Study of Educational Policy (ISEP) and subsequently the coordinator of education and training for Howard University Hospital. While at ISEP, Dilworth wrote the book Teachers’ Totter: A Report on Teacher Certification Issues, widely recognized as heightening the national discourse on the disparate impact of licensing tests on underrepresented groups. She recently completed work as coprincipal investigator for a National Science Foundation project (NSF-DR12) designed to recruit, prepare, license, and employ secondary science teachers from underrepresented groups. She has authored and contributed to scores of scholarly books, articles, and policy and research reports, including the 2014 report Time for a Change: Diversity in Teaching Revisited, a chapter in the 2013 International Guide to Student Achievement, and an entry in the 2012 Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Dilworth serves on a range of appointed and elected national commissions and boards.