Digital Toolkit – Seen, Heard, Reflected: Look At California’s Teacher of Color Shortage

New research from The Education Trust–West highlights the growing racial and ethnic disparities between educators and students in our public school system, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing diversity as our policymakers and educators respond to the overall teacher shortage.

To use this toolkit: copy-and-paste the sample posts below into the corresponding social media platforms. Follow the ‘Download Image’ links below to download and post images with your content.

Suggested Hashtags:
#SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools #TeachersOfColor #EdEquity #EdJustice #EduColor


  • NEW INFOGRAPHIC: #TeachersOfColor help boost the success of all students, regardless of race. Research from @edtrustwest shows we need more of them. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools
  • Having a teacher of color in the classroom can boost student achievement. Check out this infographic on #TeachersOfColor in #CAschools to learn more: #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools
  • California is celebrated for its diversity and progressive values, but we’re falling behind in recruiting enough #TeachersOfColor to truly reflect the students we educate. Retweet to spread the word. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools
  • Imagine never having a teacher who understands your lived experience. This is the case for more than 100,000 students in CA. #SeenHeardReflectED #DiversifyOurSchools
  • As California grows more diverse, so should our teacher workforce. Here are the facts. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools
  • #TeachersOfColor are a valuable resource, and we need more of them in #CA. Pass it on. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools


  • NEW RESOURCE! As California grows more diverse, so should our teacher workforce. Recruiting and retaining more teachers of color is vital for our future. Learn more here: #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools
  • Students, regardless of race, say teachers of color are more likely to captivate their attention and clarify information. Learn more about why #TeachersOfColor are so vital to our schools. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools


  • #TeachersOfColor are a valuable resource. Pass it on. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools
  • Imagine never having a teacher who understands your lived experience. This is the case for more than 100,000 students in CA. #SeenHeardReflected #DiversifyOurSchools


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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.