Desiree Carver-Thomas

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

Desiree Carver-Thomas is a member of the Learning Policy Institute’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. As a graduate student, she consulted with the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department on strategies for diverting recidivism and with the West Contra Costa Unified School District on implementing a full-service community schools initiative. Carver-Thomas received an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in teaching from Fordham University.

updated 2020

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Publications by Desiree Carver-Thomas
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…