Preconference Institute Examines Teacher Diversity

On February 21, the Third Annual Diversified Teaching Workforce Institute (DTW) will convene teacher educators, aspiring teachers, school leaders and deans from across the nation to address one of the most pressing teacher education issues—diversifying the teacher workforce. Over 200 people, including the AACTE Holmes and Networked Improvement Community Members, have joined DTW Topical Action Group (TAG) members in Tampa, FL and Baltimore, MD at the first two Institutes. The Third Annual DTW Institute, part of the 2019 AACTE Annual Meeting Preconference, is organized by leaders of the DTW TAG, with the support of AACTE’s Member Engagement and Support team.

The Institute will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The morning activities will begin with opening comments by Marvin Lynn, College of Education Dean at Portland State University and be followed by an opening plenary, “Examining Teacher Diversity Across U.S. Policy Contexts,” to explore current teacher diversity initiatives and policies taking place in various states committed to addressing the recruitment and retention of teachers of color in the profession. Following the opening panel, the morning will offer four concurrent breakouts sessions by teacher diversity experts in growing your own initiatives, culturally responsive pedagogy, and program development focused on strategies and approaches that they are utilizing at their home institutions. 

Following the breakout sessions in the morning, the DTW Institute will spotlight a special lunch panel, “A Louisville Teacher Diversity Plenary,” exploring efforts to address teacher diversity in the local community from the perspectives of a diversity director, superintendent, teacher, and dean—all with commitments to address the teacher diversity challenge in Louisville. The afternoon will feature two concurrent sessions focused on research and conceptual frameworks for addressing teacher diversity in educator preparation. A final plenary, “Journal of Teacher Education Theme Issue on Teacher Diversity,” chaired by JTE co-editor, Gail Richmond, will engage authors in a discussion on current research on teachers of color.

The DTW Institute will conclude with recognition of the 2019 DTW Teacher Diversity Award recipient, and closing comments will be offered by Michèle Foster, the Henry Heuser Jr Endowed Chair for Urban Education Partnerships at the University of Louisville and author of Black Teachers on Teaching.

While it is free to attend the DTW Institute, registration for AACTE Preconference events is required. Register in advance by February 14.

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Conra D. Gist

University of Arkansas