Incentivizing Future Educators to Be Prepared for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Through Curriculum Development (75313)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Development
Session Chair: Surendra Shrestha

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 701
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Like many countries in today’s world, the US is facing a severe shortage of teachers while K-12 classrooms are experiencing continuing increase of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student populations. Schools are desperate to find teachers with the CLD education competence. Facing the reality that there is a 30% decrease of people completing education degrees in the last decade, how do we creatively incentivize college students into education programs through curriculum design and development? This paper will describe and reflect on an effort in relation to its success and challenges to address the question.

The study is based on a curriculum effort initiated by the faculty and supported by the university in the mountain region of the US. Specifically, the project is to create Pathways to Success for Undergraduate teacher candidates through Recruitment, Retention, and Graduate Success through a Dual Degree (4+1) program that would offer candidates three credentials in five years: elementary teaching license, CLD Education Endorsement, and a master’s degree in teaching. It is action research which enables the faculty researchers to explore strategies during action for solving a real-world problem. Data includes university documents, project related documents, records of meetings with different entities or stake holders, student survey, curriculum design, and student responses to the process of the curriculum implementation. Data collection started Fall 2022 and continues. While we are in the preliminary stages of our effort, initial results offer lessons that shed light for all interested in a similar effort.

Authors:
Jingzi Huang, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Deborah Romero, University of Northern Colorado, United States


About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Jingzi Huang, specializing in language education, is a professor and the associate dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, leading Colorado's biggest teacher preparations programs.

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