ERIC Number: ED499028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-15
Reference Count: 4
Growing Your Own: Minority Teachers
Singh, Delar K.; Stoloff, David L.
In the USA, the number of school age children who represent minority backgrounds is rapidly growing. However, despite several efforts, the teaching force remains primarily White. The purpose of this paper is to describe a residential future teachers program in Connecticut which recruits minority rising juniors and seniors from high schools across the state. The program, known as the Summer Institute of Future Teachers (SIFT) has clearly delineated goals. These goals are to: Reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation, (2) Increase student achievement, (3) Build positive meaningful relationships among students, and (4) Promote multi-racial, multi-cultural understanding. The SIFT is held for four weeks on the premises of a state university. During the program, candidates acquire fundamentals of teaching and learning and develop dispositions for diverse classrooms. The post program surveys of parents and SIFT candidates as well as anecdotal data indicate that the program is effective in preparing future teachers of minority backgrounds.
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, Minority Group Children, Diversity (Faculty), Racial Composition, Academic Achievement, Cultural Pluralism, Program Effectiveness, Minority Groups, Summer Programs, Social Isolation, Socioeconomic Influences, Achievement Gains, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Diversity, High School Students, College Bound Students, Student Recruitment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut