Desiree Carver-Thomas

Desiree Carver-Thomas
Desiree Carver-Thomas
Researcher and Policy Analyst,
Learning Policy Institute

Desiree Carver-Thomas is a member of LPI’s Educator Quality Team. She is the author of Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color and the lead author of Addressing California’s Growing Teacher Shortage: 2017 Update. Previously, Carver-Thomas taught in New York City public schools for five years. As a graduate student, she consulted with the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department on strategies for diverting recidivism and with West Contra Costa Unified School District on implementing a full-service community schools’ initiative. She also conducted similar work with the City of Richmond. Carver-Thomas received an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, an M.S. in Teaching from Fordham University, and a B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Publications by Desiree Carver-Thomas
Policy Brief Ondrasek Feb 20
California is in the midst of a severe special education teacher shortage that threatens the state’s ability to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, who often have the greatest needs but receive the least expert teachers. To help…