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Almost 50% of our student body identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color).
PPS actively recruits and intentionally supports BIPOC staff.  As of December 2021, 11% of staff identify as BIPOC. As we continue to challenge ourselves to meet the district People goal to attract, support, and retain talented and diverse people who use their strengths to achieve our shared goal, we know that our staff will include more and BIPOC members.

Connected – Supported – Recognized – Empowered

At Portland Public Schools, we strive for our staff to feel connected, supported, recognized and empowered. Read our Educators of Color Insight Report for more information:

Listening to BIPOC Staff

What you can expect as a BIPOC Staff Member

  • Belong to a proud, inclusive, cross-building, cross-department community of BIPOC staff members from a range of cultures and experiences.  Many are multilingual.  All have expertise, skill, and care that they bring to their work.
  • Career pathway opportunities: Elevating Educators is a program for ed techs (paraprofessionals) seeking to become teachers.  It includes district professional development, partnership with colleges and universities for degree and certification coursework, on the job learning experiences to develop teacher competencies, and mentoring for first and second year BIPOC teachers.
  • BIPOC social gatherings at restaurants, in natural spaces, or in homes occur monthly.
  • BIPOC specific emotional support through monthly Mutual Support and Healing spaces co-facilitated by a BIPOC social worker.  Free of charge one-on-one counseling sessions with BIPOC counselors/ social workers are also available.
  • Financial support for course work including additional funds, up front payments to the institution, and payment for transcript evaluation and certification fees.
  • Leadership opportunities: each year PPS recruits a diverse group of aspiring leaders to take coursework together and to participate in mentoring.


Recommended Reads/Listens

Listen to this 15 minute podcast from founder of the Black Teacher Project on why diversity recruiting matters for all students:

Retaining and Sustaining Black Teachers