2024 Diversifying the Teacher Workforce Convening

The 7th Annual New Jersey Convening for Diversifying the Teacher Workforce is a conversation among educational stakeholders aimed at creating and sustaining an educator workforce reflective of the cultural and linguistic diversity of New Jersey students.

This year’s theme is Retention Is the New Recruitment: A Call to Action

This series of meetings is designed to engage stakeholders and constituents and will focus on strategies and practices that help promote teacher retention. Proposal submissions from P-12 teacher leaders, professional development directors and providers, teacher affinity groups, PLC leaders, teacher mentors, and higher education partnerships and institutions should investigate and discuss the critical intersection of school culture and climate with the cultivation and affirmation of a diverse teacher workforce. In today’s rapidly changing educational landscape, fostering an environment that values and supports diversity among educators is paramount to teacher retention.

Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  1. Examination of the impact of school culture and climate on the job satisfaction, well-being, and sense of belonging among teachers from underrepresented groups.
  2. Exploration of effective strategies and interventions for fostering inclusive school environments that attract and retain diverse educators.
  3. Investigation of the role of leadership, policies, and organizational structures in shaping school culture and climate in relation to diversity and equity.
  4. Assessment of the cultural competence and diversity-related practices within schools and their effects on teacher diversity and student outcomes.

Successful proposals will contribute valuable insights to the field of education by advancing our knowledge of how school environments can better support and affirm a diverse teacher workforce. We encourage collaboration between researchers, educators, administrators, and community stakeholders to develop proposals that offer practical recommendations for creating more inclusive and equitable schools.

Evidenced-based strategies for teacher retention. Submissions that highlight the experiences of P-12 educators and retention methods will be prioritized. 

Proposal Deadline: September 6, 2024

Proposal Decisions: September 20, 2024

Conference Details:

October 8, 2024: Virtual Week 1 Session 4:00-5:15 PM

October 15, 2024: Virtual Week 2 Session 4:00-5:15 PM

October 22, 2024: In-Person Session at Rowan University from 8:30am to 2:00pm

Registration Costs: $25.00 for all 3 conference sessions
Registration Opens: September 1, 2024