Minnesota schools’ racial disparity: Local org tackles teacher diversity gap
- In Minnesota, more than 36% of students in Minnesota identify as students of color. But only 6% of the teacher workforce is diverse.
- An organization called Teach for America works to recruit and retain diverse educators.
- On April 28, Teach for America will hold its fourth annual diversity, equity, and inclusion keynote.
Marcus Berg is a history teacher at Breck School in Golden Valley. He’s worked here for three years.
Enrolled in special education in grade school, Berg went on to earn a degree from Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school.
“I worked hard, right? But at the same time none of that is possible without doors opening up for me, adults seeing potential in me,” said Berg.
“I don’t want my story to be the lucky story. I don’t want my story to necessarily be a new story. I want my story to be this is what the system does for kids and not the exception, that’s what drives me. I want to make the change,” said Berg.