Cultural Diversity Professional Development for Teachers: A Research Brief
by Samantha Hope, M.T. and David Naff, M.A. (December 2016)
Many regions of the United States have experienced rapid shifts in the racial and ethnic makeup of the population over the past decade. As a result, many of the nation’s schools have undergone significant changes in student demographics. This includes growth in the numbers of Asian, Hispanic, and multi-racial students. Regionally, enrollment data reflect this demographic change (figure 1). It is also worth noting that these demographic changes are more dramatic in some schools and communities than others. Aggregate data for the region shows the largest growth in the population of Hispanic students, which increased from 2.98% of the population in the 2003-04 school year to 10.23% in the 2015-16 school year. This demographic shift has increased the cultural and language diversity of our schools.
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