Institute for Teachers of Color
The Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice is an annual three-day
conference to support the growth, success and retention of teachers of color who work
in schools serving students of color. A unique collaboration between the College
of Education and Ethnic Studies at San José State University, this conference draws
teachers from various school districts across the nation to the Bay Area, California
each summer for racial justice professional development.
While students of color comprise almost half of students in public schools nationally, teachers of color make up just 14%. Additionally, teachers of color leave the field at higher rates than their white counterparts. Using a Critical Race Theory framework, the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice is intended as a community building, professional development space for teachers of color to explore the racial climate of their schools, receive training to navigate these realities, and strategize how to create racially transformative classrooms and schools.