Erikson leads effort to address teacher preparation for diverse classrooms

Almost 70 percent of children in Head Start and the majority of children in the 25 largest U. S. school districts are culturally, racially and linguistically diverse children. Yet the early childhood teaching workforce remains predominantly white and monolingual. Research shows these teachers have little knowledge of the cultures, communities, and families of the children in their classrooms, while teachers report that they feel unprepared to teach effectively in multicultural and multilingual classrooms.