The K-12 population of the United States is becoming increasingly heterogeneous. One in six of our urban students is now an English Language Learner, and by 2022, the percentages of Hispanic and Asian students will have risen by 30% and 20%, respectively. With our attention so focused on urban school reforms, however, it is easy to forget that one quarter of all K-12 students attend rural schools, many of which are under-resourced and under-performing.
How should we prepare the next generation of teachers to support this complex and changing scenario effectively? What do we know about how teachers can maximize the learning of different student subgroups? What key pedagogical skills and content knowledge apply, regardless of students’ regional and demographic differences?
On March 21st, we addressed these critically important issues with experts whose daily professional work focuses on improving student outcomes in these different contexts.