Bilan Jama is currently a Fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a M.A. candidate in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Advocacy & Policy at Georgetown University. She has a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Tech. She was a 2015 corps member of Teach For America, and has worked as a science and social studies teacher in Houston, Texas. She has also worked as a Research Analyst for Fairfax County Government where she produced a hidden history project for the Neighborhood and Community Services department. The purpose of the project was to understand the role of public policy in contributing to racial disproportionalities of minority populations in Fairfax County, Virginia.
This research brief presents a comprehensive summary of the collection and availability of teacher diversity data, based on our 2017 survey of all 51 state education agencies.