LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District is continuing its efforts to promote diversity in the classroom and empower teachers of color. The district is partnering with Surge Academy, a national program focused on addressing racial inequalities in education systems across the country.
CCSD serves more than 300,000 students but most of them do not have an educator who looks like them. The Surge Academy aims to bridge the diversity gap and slow the trend seen both locally and on a national scale.
“About 60 to 65% of the educators in the landscape are white, but the district itself is 80% minority. That is just a microcosm of Clark County, but that exists beyond that space,” said Andrea Black Evans, executive director of Surge Academy.
In Nevada, more than 60% of students are of color. Meanwhile, 77% of educators in the state are white. You can learn more about Nevada’s demographic teacher/student data at this link.
“The entities in Las Vegas are trying to rectify this and we are not saying that folks who are white cannot support black and brown children,” Evans said. “What we are saying is that there is an effort and a want and a desire for individuals who resemble, reflect, and understand the community to lead the efforts for those communities.”
In a statement, CCSD said in part, that it “strives to provide an equitable learning environment by removing access barriers. It is crucial that CCSD programs, services, and educators are also reflective of our diverse school communities.”
The Surge Academy will launch in Clark County Schools in February. The six-month traveling fellowship program will offer leaders of color educational opportunities, a diverse curriculum, executive coaching, and speaker and leadership panels, among other resources.
For program information or to apply, visit this link and click on the Las Vegas tab.
Link to statistics mentioned: Teacher Diversity & Equity Policy Scan – The Education Trust (edtrust.org)