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CRSE Competencies

These 9 Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education (CRSE) Competencies for Pennsylvania Educators include key definitions, indicators, and reflexive questions to ensure that all educators are equipped to meet the needs of all students. A full toolkit is forthcoming, and a corresponding rubric is available here.

Recruitment Toolkit

This toolkit identifies 5 strategies for recruiting high school students into teaching. Case studies that describe collaborations between Pennsylvania school districts and teacher education programs are included.

Mentorship Toolkit (working draft)

Mentorship is an essential strategy for any recruitment or retention initiative. This toolkit provides background on the essential elements of mentorship and case studies from Pennsylvania programs that support the mentorship of potential future teachers as well as pre-service and in-service teachers of color.

Retention Toolkit

Checklists and tables in this toolkit guide school and district leaders through assessment of the policies and practices within their buildings that impact the willingness of teachers of color to stay in the classroom and the profession.

PEDC & Teach Plus ARP / ESSER Spending Guide

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have the unprecedented opportunity to utilize federal funds to make investments for the future health and vibrancy of teaching and learning. PEDC encourages all LEAs to invest in efforts to recruit, mentor, develop, support, and retain teachers of color and culturally relevant and sustaining educators. This guide offers practical suggestions for investments in all areas and detail opportunities for Grow Your Own, Residency, Para to Teacher, scholarship, loan forgiveness, and other innovative programs.

Data Sources and Reports

Unpacking the Pennsylvania Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Education Competencies

Teach Plus, July 2023

The Decline Continues: The Dwindling Supply of Teachers from Pennsylvania Teacher Preparation Programs

Penn State Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis, April 2023

School Principal Race, Teacher Racial Diversity, and Student Achievement

Journal of Human Resources, March 2023

Pennsylvania Department of Education RFA for the Dual Credit Grant 2022-2024

Pennsylvania Department of Education, February 2023


Fact Sheet: Diversity & Inclusion Activities Under Title VI 

United States Department of Education, February 2023

#PANeedsTeachers: Addressing Pennsylvania’s Teacher Shortage Crisis Through Systemic Solutions

Teach Plus and the National Center on Education & the Economy, February 2023

Pennsylvania Department of Education CRSE Competencies

Pennsylvania Department of Education, November 2022

Pennsylvania Educator Workforce Strategy

Pennsylvania Department of Education, July 2022

Preparing Culturally-Affirming Educators: Teach Plus Pennsylvania Teacher Leaders

on Integrating the Culturally Relevant & Sustaining Education into

Pennsylvania Teacher Preparation Programs

Teach Plus Pennsylvania, June 2022 

The Need for More Teachers of Color

Research For Action, April 2022

To Be Who We Are: Black Teachers on Creating Affirming School Cultures

Teach Plus and The Center for Black Educator Development


Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color Learning Policy Institute

Patching the Leaky Pipeline: Teacher Diversity in Pennsylvania from 2013-2014

Research For Action

Teacher Diversity & Equity Policy Scan

The Education Trust

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