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Preconference Institute to Spotlight Efforts to Increase Teacher Diversity

Are you coming to Tampa for the AACTE Annual Meeting, and looking for activities March 1? Please consider joining a free daylong institute exploring a variety of efforts to diversify the teaching workforce, organized by the AACTE Diversified Teaching Workforce topical action group. We’ll be in the Grand Ballroom Salon E of the Tampa Marriott Waterside starting at 8:00 a.m.

The Diversified Teaching Workforce (DTW) Institute will convene a group of national leaders at colleges and universities across the United States to spotlight and explore innovative efforts for addressing racial/ethnic teacher diversity across five key areas: recruitment and retention, teacher preparation, mentorship, induction and professional development, and advocacy. Recognizing the need to create spaces within professional networks to discuss and unpack the challenges and possibilities for increasing teacher diversity, the institute offers presentations on current research, opportunities to plan in working groups, and panel sessions focused on best practices from teacher preparation and teacher diversity pipeline leaders.

The institute will begin with a panel discussion of key issues confronting the field, then break into working groups – each led by one of the panelists – with the intent of considering current research in more detail as it relates to teacher diversity in the five focus areas. This will create an opportunity for participants to bridge the implications of research in praxis and consider possible solutions for addressing teacher diversity at their home institutions.

The afternoon will then feature two sets of panel discussions on four related topics for addressing teacher diversity: high-school-to-college pipelines, educator preparation and school district pipelines, providing professional development and mentorship, and advocating for teacher diversity. A closing panel will discuss the implications of the topics raised at the institute for larger conversations within AACTE and across other professional networks committed to advancing teacher diversity.

At the conclusion of the institute, a reception will be held, at which time Monika Williams Shealey, dean of education at Rowan University (NJ), will be honored as the 2017 DTW Teacher Diversity Award recipient.

This event is free for anyone registered to attend the AACTE Annual Meeting. Read on for the agenda and speaker information:

8:00-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Rodrick Lucero and Tim Finklea (AACTE)

9:00-10:00 Morning Panel – Challenges and Possibilities for a Diversified Teaching Workforce
Conra Gist (University of Arkansas), panel chair
Francisco Rios (Western Washington University), Belinda Flores (University of Texas San Antonio), La Vonne Neal (Northern Illinois University), Delisa Saunders (American Federation of Teachers, Human Rights and Community Relations), Rita Kohli (University of California, Riverside)

10:15-11:45 Breakout Working Sessions

  • Teacher Diversity: Recruitment and Retention (Francisco Rios)
  • Teacher Diversity: Educator Preparation (Belinda Flores)
  • Teacher Diversity: Mentorship (La Vonne Neal)
  • Teacher Diversity: Advocacy (Delisa Saunders)
  • Teacher Diversity: Induction Support and Professional Development (Rita Kohli)

12:00-1:15 Lunch & Keynote
Angela Valenzuela (University of Texas)

1:45-2:45 Concurrent Afternoon Panel, Session 1

  • Panel 1: High-School-to-College Pipeline
    Margarita Bianco (University of Colorado Denver), panel chair
    Djanna Hill (William Paterson University), Mikkaka Overstreet (University of Louisville), Tonya Walls (University Nevada Las Vegas, Touro University Nevada), Doyin Coker-Kolo (Indiana University Southeast)
  • Panel 2: Educator Preparation and School District Pipeline
    Marvin Lynn (Indiana University South), panel chair
    Dorinda Carter Andrews (Michigan State University), Jacob Easley (Eastern Connecticut State University), Bethany Brent (University of Wisconsin, La Crosse), Audrey Lensmire (Augsburg College)

3:00-4:00 Concurrent Afternoon Panel, Session 2

  • Panel 3: School Districts – Professional Development and Mentorship Supports
    Rachelle Rogers-Ard (Oakland Unified School District), panel chair
    Juana Zamora (California Mini-Corps Program), Amanda Morales (University Nebraska-Lincoln), Heather MacCleoud (NASFA, Association of International Educators), Darlene Russell (William Paterson University), Socorro Herrera (Kansas State University)
  • Panel 4: Advocating for Teacher Diversity
    Timothy Mahoney (Millersville University), panel chair
    John Davis (California State, Dominguez Hills), Sungti Hsu (AACTE), Robbie Burnett (Minnesota State University), Maureen Gillette (Seton Hall University)

4:15-4:45 Closing Panel – Connections to AACTE and Beyond
Danielle Liautaud (William Paterson University), panel chair
Diana Rogers-Adkinson (Southeast Missouri State), Terrance McNeil (Florida A&M University), Sharon Leathers (William Paterson University), Mia Hines and Symone James (University of Connecticut)

5:00-6:00 Reception
Monika Williams Shealey (Rowan University), 2017 DTW Teacher Diversity Award Recipient

For more information about the AACTE Annual Meeting, visit aacte.org.

The authors are members of AACTE’s Diversified Teaching Workforce topical action group.


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Conra D. Gist

University of Arkansas

Tim Mahoney

Millersville University

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