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Something has to change: a conversation with Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

By: Charis Anderson

When Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy started her first teaching job right out of college, she assumed she was ready for the realities of the classroom. But her new school was experiencing a major demographic shift. Of the 26 students in her class, 15 did not speak English. And not a single professor in her preparation program had ever talked about how to teach English-language learners or even just students from different cultural backgrounds.

“I felt totally unprepared,” said Holcomb-McCoy, now dean of the School of Education at American University and a 2017 Impact Academy fellow. “That was my first ‘Aha!’ moment: Something has to change in teacher-preparation.”

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