Sunday, March 2, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Platinum Ballroom

Successful Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teacher Education Students

For several decades, shortages of minority teachers have been a big issue for the nation’s schools. As the nation’s population and students have grown more diverse, the teaching force has done the opposite, grown less diverse. Too few minority students enter and complete college; this critical population needs mentoring and encouragement to stay on track and become future educators. A panel of experts will share successful programs and partnerships, barriers, initiatives for social and economic support, academic counseling, and early identification of prospective teachers.

Presenters: Steve Bautista, Coordinator, Center for Teacher Education, Santa Ana College, CA; Irene Den Bleyker, Associate Professor and Division Chair of Education, Health, and Human Services, University of New Mexico, Gallup, NM; Jeff Judd, Associates of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Instructor, Leeward Community College, HI.

Irene Den Bleyker Jeff Judd

Irene Den Bleyker
University of New Mexico, Gallup, NM

Jeff Judd
Leeward Community College, HI

Steve Bautista
Steve M. Bautista
Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA

Moderated by Jolanda M. Westerhof, director of teacher education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

For additional information on the speakers, please see their bios.