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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
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Kean Dean Speaks at Wingspread Conference

UNION, N.J. – Kean University’s Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Ana Maria Schuhmann, who is also chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), spoke at a national educational event held from September 24 to 26 at The Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread conference center in Racine, Wisc. She joined representatives and policy makers from dozens of major educational associations and institutions in the U.S. to discuss the critical need for quality teachers in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.

“One of the unforeseen consequences of the nationwide teacher shortage we have been experiencing the last few years has been a lack of attention to the small number of teachers of color graduating from our schools, colleges and departments of education,” said Schuhmann. “We live in an increasingly diverse country. I believe, as many others, that minority teachers are important role models, not only for children of color but also for the majority population.” The conference served as more than a forum to discuss equity in education. Select participants are in the process of drawing up recommendations for the recruitment and professional development of teachers from underrepresented groups. “We look forward to the development, dissemination and the implementation of these strategies and policies,” Schuhmann said.

The event was hosted by the Johnson Foundation and sponsored by AACTE with support from the National Education Association. A summary of the conference proceedings and recommendations will be available on AACTE’s Web site in November.