Investigating North Texas Teacher Pipelines: Analysis of New Teacher Careers and Student Outcomes

The purpose of this project is to examine whether new teachers who are prepared through programs with a focus on recruiting, training, and placing students from a geographically local context, have higher retention rates and larger impacts on student achievement compared to teachers prepared through non-localized programs. At the intersection of leadership, policy, and practice, the results of this study will provide important evidence about north Texas teacher pipelines, with an explicit focus on outcomes for new teachers of Color and the students they serve.

Kafarra Q. L. Burden
Graduate Research Assistant

Kafarra Q. L. Burden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Education, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership, and a second Master of Education degree in Higher Education Student Affairs, each from the University of North Texas. Kafarra is an educator and has served as a Theatre Teacher, Dyslexia Specialist, and a Special Populations Coordinator over several school districts. Kafarra is currently a doctoral student working toward her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and her research focuses on nontraditional educational pathways such as online learning to understand how educational leaders adopt technology programs and systems to support active learning for students and teachers within learning organizations. Kafarra is passionate about equity, technology integration, online learning, and providing a quality educational learning experience for all students and teachers. 

Alexis D. Miller
Graduate Research Assistant

Alexis is a proud UNT eagle. As a striving educational leader, her long-term goal is to utilize her platform to encourage the accessibility and sustainability of high-quality education. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Health Administration degree, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. She is a current student in the Ed.D. Educational Leadership program. She holds state certifications in EC-6 Generalist, K-12 Special Education, ESL, and Principal as an Instructional Leader. Over ten years ago, she started her journey in education with the Children's Defense Fund, then as an elementary classroom teacher. She currently serves as an instructional coach at a Title I campus within the Lewisville Independent School District. A great deal of her workday involves participating in professional learning communities (PLCs), leading job-embedded professional development, and student-centered coaching cycles. Her research interests are instructional coaching, novice teachers, teacher well-being, teacher retention, and efforts to promote equity in education.

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