III.A Indicators- Increasing Diversity in Teacher Preparation Programs
 
Toward this end, teacher preparation units will:

1. Develop a long-range needs-assessment and implement a comprehensive plan for the recruitment and retention of minority pre-service teachers, including pre-service teachers of color, individuals with disabilities and targeted gender groups. Particular consideration should be paid to: establishing clear goals; ensuring on-going involvement, dedication and cooperation among stakeholders; building programs that target pre-collegiate and higher education students, paraprofessionals and career changers; adjusting the plan to address potential minority pre-service teachers' K-16 schooling experiences, community concerns, and specific social and financial barriers; assisting potential minority pre-service teachers with the college application process; identifying and procuring funding ;and nurturing minority pre-service teachers by providing professional supports.

2. Conduct a needs-assessment and implement a comprehensive plan for the recruitment and retention of minority faculty, including faculty of color, individuals with disabilities and targeted gender groups. Particular consideration should be paid to: establishing clear goals; addressing barriers within the local institutional context that may discourage minority recruitment and retention on campus; developing a program/campus climate supportive of diversity by tackling indifference, expectations, and resistance; publicizing the job and work context; expanding the applicant pool; protracted recruiting with an eye toward building a diversified recruitment network; taking appropriate steps that prepare both the candidate and campus community for the recruitment visit; insuring competitive salaries; and establishing mentoring and other professional supports.

3. For SCDEs in proximity to high-poverty, urban, rural, predominantly Latino and African American communities, establish professional development schools in diverse areas.

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Dr. Kendra Wallace
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
ACIV Building, Office 407
Phone: 410-455-6570
Email:kendraw@umbc.edu