ERIC Number: ED366563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Resolving a Crisis in Education: Latino Teachers for Tomorrow's Classrooms.
Cox, Barbara, Ed.
This report addresses questions related to increasing the numbers of Latino teachers in U.S. classrooms and improving the preparation of those teachers and all teachers of Latino children. The report presents demographic data on Latinos concerning: percentage of total population, population projections, states of residence, median age, educational attainment, public school and undergraduate enrollment, dropout rates, poverty rates, and percentages of Latino teachers in selected geographic areas. Data indicate that nearly 12 percent of the nation's school children are Latino, while less than 4 percent of its teachers are Latino. Policy recommendations are presented from a forum of educational researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Research findings are summarized concerning: the positive effects of Latino teachers on Latino student performance, access of Latinos to the teaching profession, types and effectiveness of recruitment and retention efforts, Latino teacher supply and demand, and Latino representation in the teaching force compared to student enrollments. The 18 recommendations which conclude the report call for breaking the cycle of educational failure for Latinos; investing in Latino teacher candidates and their success in higher education; policy barriers to producing Latino teachers; and career development for Latino paraprofessionals, teachers, and teacher educators. (JDD)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Policy Formation, Population Growth, Population Trends, Public Policy, Secondary School Teachers, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Distribution, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand
The Tomas Rivera Center, 710 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Center, Claremont, CA.