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Mission Statement

The Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation's teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.  Since 1990, the IRT has built a national consortium of colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversify their graduate student bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities. 

IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers. 

Program History

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers was founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, former IRT executive director and dean of faculty at Phillips Academy, with a mission to “deepen the pool of talented minorities entering the teaching profession in our country.” The institute was designed to increase the number of African American, Latino/a and Native American students pursuing advanced degrees for teaching, counseling and administrative careers so the pool of potential faculty members at both the K-12 and university levels will become more diverse. 

In 2004, the Institute reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating racial disparities at all levels of education and selecting outstanding college students and recent graduates from all diverse backgrounds, including Asians and Caucasians, who are committed to these ideals.

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