ERIC Number: ED484653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Culture, Language, and Student Achievement: Recruiting and Preparing Teachers for Diverse Students. Proceedings from the 2003 Wingspread Conference (Racine, Wisconsin, September 24-26, 2003)
Dilworth, Mary E.; Ardila-Rey, Alicia
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
The nation's culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) classrooms face a critical shortage of high-quality teachers. Representatives from dozens of major national educational associations and institutions convened September 24-26, 2003, at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin, to grapple with this issue. The conference marked the 17th anniversary of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's (AACTE) Wingspread conference on minority teacher recruitment and retention, which notably shaped the public's dialogue regarding the character and composition of the nation's teaching force. Since the 1987 gathering, rapid demographic changes in the PK-12 student population as well as the widening achievement gap between White students and students of other racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds make the need for a multicultural teaching force even more urgent than in the past. The 2003 Wingspread conference reexamined these issues in light of 21st century realities. In technological terms, the forum was in "real time." Comments were focused on what is happening now-in real time-with relevance for today's teachers, today's teacher educators, and most importantly for today's children. The conference dialogue was rich, resulting in findings and recommendations for the education community, its stakeholders, and policy makers. Aiming to enhance the understanding of both the increasing challenges and the opportunities in culturally and linguistically diverse PK-12 classrooms, and to put forward logical approaches to effective practice, conference participants developed recommendations to support two goals: (1) the diversification of the teaching force; and (2) professional development for all practicing and prospective teachers and administrators to increase their knowledge, skills, and dispositions enabling them to work successfully with all students, regardless of their background. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is committed to making these goals a reality. AACTE Wingspread Conference 2003 List of Participants is also included.
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, Student Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Effectiveness, Achievement Gap, Cultural Pluralism, Professional Development, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Language Minorities
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 1307 New York Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004. Tel: 202-293-2450; Fax: 202-457-8095; Web site: http://www.aacte.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.; National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.