Career Killer: Eliminating Barriers for Principals of Color


Research shows over and over again that students who have a teacher or principal who looks like them, it results in academic success, their attendance improves, and discipline referrals decrease, So why are only 20% of principals people of color? The barriers that prevent so many aspiring leaders of color from advancing to or beyond assistant principal roles has been called a “career killer.” Our panelists will discuss the ways they are breaking down the barriers and creating pathways for leadership while diversifying the school leader pipeline from recruitment to development to retention.

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  1. A clear understanding of the magnitude and impact of the problem.
  2. Proven solutions to diversifying the principal pipeline that have been implemented by the speakers themselves.
  3. First-person perspective from principals and APs of color and their unique pathways to leadership.



Whitney Stoepel-Brewer, Managing Director, Network Engagement, Teach For America

Meta Information:

  • Tags: career, teachers
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Leadership for Tomorrow
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Deep Understanding

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