Urban Schools, Teacher Preparation for Diversity

Preparing new teachers for the diversity of students and experiences they will find in urban schools is crucial to their professional success. The term urban school is typically used to signify more than its location in a city or densely populated area. It usually refers to city schools serving predominantly low-income students, immigrant students, English learners, and students of color. Preparing new teachers to be successful in these schools involves an integrated program of study and field experience designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become an effective teacher of these student groups within the context of urban communities and city school systems. This entry describes the diverse characteristics, strengths, and needs of students and families in urban school communities, the sociopolitical ...

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