White teachers comprise a large majority of public and private school educators in the United States. At the same time, the population of students of color is rapidly increasing and will soon be the majority. This entry describes some of the unique roles and issues relative to White teachers in multiracial schools and in multicultural education. Also considered is the contribution that multicultural education can make to the preparation and ongoing professional development of effective White teachers.

Identity and Inclusion

In the formative years of the multicultural education movement, most White educators saw themselves on the periphery, viewing multicultural education as an initiative for and about educators and students of color. This was not the intent of the founders of the movement, who had a more inclusive ...

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