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Monday, October 9 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Using our Urban Advantage to Recruit and Retain Diverse Teachers (45 mins)

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For over a decade, the teacher education department at an urban institution partnered with its neighboring, urban P-12 school districts. The partnerships were successful for many, but the race, ethnicity, and gender of the teacher candidates remained the same. The result was missed opportunities for the university to live its mission of recruiting and retaining a diverse body of teacher candidates and for the P-12 districts to have an active voice in preparing future teachers. Although the partnerships had at one time been successful, it was now falling short of expectations for both the university and P-12 districts.

The department launched a program revision which (a) created a strategic partnership with dual enrollment teachers, (b) restructured how teacher candidates learned about student culture in the communities in which they completed their practicums, (c) shifted one-third of all course work from university classrooms into P-12 urban classrooms, (d) made field experiences consequential, (e) placed university faculty in P-12 schools, and (f) provided instructional coaches for teacher candidates.

The workshop will address (a) internal and external barriers encountered by the department as it initiated and then worked to sustain the new recruitment and retention plan, (b) expected and unexpected outcomes, and c) data from two years of implementation. The ultimate question - has the promise of increasing the diverse pool of teacher candidates been reached – will be the focus of the presentation.

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Nancy Edick

Dean, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Sarah Edwards

Professor, Chair of Teacher Education, University of Nebraska Omaha

Monday October 9, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm MDT
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