Ann Schulte—An Education Activist

"My goal as a teacher-educator has been to prepare teachers with the attitudes and skills necessary to reflect on their practice in a way that will increase their effectiveness with a diverse student population, particularly if the prospective teachers have had little experience with diversity."

Education professor Ann Schulte teaches and advises future teachers. This is an exciting challenge, says the 2011–12 Outstanding Teacher, because she must demonstrate as well as explain the art and science of teaching. “My goal as a teacher-educator has been to prepare teachers with the attitudes and skills necessary to reflect on their practice in a way that will increase their effectiveness with a diverse population.”

At Chico State, she has taught, advised, and supervised future teachers. Her emphasis is on access and equity and democratic education. This is an exciting challenge, she says, because one must demonstrate as well as explain the art and science of teaching.

“My goal as a teacher-educator has been to prepare teachers with the attitudes and skills necessary to reflect on their practice in a way that will increase their effectiveness with a diverse student population, particularly if the prospective teachers have had little experience with diversity,” says Schulte.

Schulte has published Seeking Integrity in Teacher Education: Transforming Student Teachers, Transforming My Self. At the center of Schulte’s teaching is a study of self; she believes that who one is directly informs how one teaches.

“When teachers are more aware that they see the world in particular ways and some of their students might experience it differently,” she says, “the teachers are more able to differentiate their instruction to connect to their students’ perspective.”

Schulte’s ability to connect with students and train future teachers garnered her the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2011–2012. She is also a recipient of Taking it to the Classroom: Conversations on Diversity Award and serves on the President’s Diversity Council.

Ann Schulte