Osseo Area Schools is teaming up with Metropolitan State University in hopes of recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce.
Currently only 8 percent of staff are people of color and that number is only about 5 percent for teachers. The district hopes the partnership will increase those numbers.
Metropolitan State University graduates who get an Urban Education degree will be given preferential consideration for teaching positions. The deal also makes it easier for Metropolitan State University students to work as paraprofessionals in the district.
Judy McDonald, Osseo's executive director of human resources, says the deal is a win for students and teachers.
"Studies clearly show that students of color do better when they have role models whom they trust and who they admire and people who look like them. So they can see what their future could look like," she said.
The Osseo School District and Metropolitan State University are part of a new coalition whose goal is to double the number of teachers of color in the state by the year 2020.
CCX News Staffnews@ccxmedia.org
February 3, 2017