Introducing the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity

Collaborative had the great pleasure of helping to launch a new organization, the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED). BranchED is focused on closing the educator diversity gap by maximizing the impact and influence of educator preparation programs at minority serving institutions.

BranchED provides technical assistance and amplifies the unique contributions of minority serving institutions (MSIs) through collaboration with key partners, including K-12 entities, the business community, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations.

For the first time ever, 51 percent of public school students in the United States today are children of color. Problematically, though,only 20 percent of public school teachers are of color, and more than 40 percent of public schools do not have a single teacher of color.

Cassandra Herring, founder and CEO of BranchED, believes that we cannot close the diversity gap in this country without the educator preparation programs of minority serving institutions.

BranchED’s focuses on the nation’s 253 minority serving institutions, which have the longest, most significant track record of preparing diverse educators who thrive and persist in the profession. MSIs, which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, provide learner-centered, practical, and culturally responsive training experiences. Graduates from MSIs are more likely to work in challenging schools—and stay in those schools whereas other teachers are more likely to leave.

Collaborative’s work with BranchED has focused on building a new website and developing a broad range of informational materials, the launch of social media channels, media outreach that resulted in interviews with Christian Science Monitor and NPR, and developing of commentary pieces to demonstrate BranchED’s thought leadership.

To learn more about BranchED, visit