University Colloquium: Ron Shultz

Understanding the Needs of Dual Language Teachers

Ron Shultz, PhD
Associate Professor of Education
Eastern Mennonite University

Across the country, bilingual teachers are in short supply. This has direct implications for Dual Language programs. Professional literature also suggests that equally problematic to the recruitment of DL teachers is their retention. Multiple factors can influence a teacher’s choice to leave the DL classroom, or perhaps even the teaching profession. However, if we are to reverse this trend, greater understanding of these dynamics and an intentional effort to address the related challenges and concerns must be considered. This presentation focuses on efforts to better understand the needs and experiences of teachers in a particular DL program, while also creating opportunities for increased support, with the ultimate goal of increasing teachers’ sense of competence and longevity in their role.

Dr. Ron Shultz is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and the Coordinator for the PK-6 Elementary Education Program at EMU. He also serves as the Field Placement Coordinator for the department. He earned a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts studies from Eastern Mennonite University with a PK-8 teaching certification, an M.A. in Education from Millersville University, and a Ph.D. George Mason University with a focus on teacher education and multicultural/multilingual education. Ron has been teaching in the Education Department at EMU since the fall of 2011. In addition to preparing future elementary teachers, Ron’s research interests include bilingual education and culturally responsive teaching.