• That by the year 2020, CLD (culturally and linguistically diverse) students will comprise approximately half of the public school population in the U.S.
• That in California alone, there are 57 languages spoken among school age children.
• That children as young as three years of age are aware of racial differences.
• It is estimated that over 1000 students from foreign countries enter public schools for the first time every day in the United States.
• That despite an increasingly diverse population, the majority of teachers and those in teacher preparation programs continue to be predominately Caucasian and middle class.
• Many teachers, regardless of their ethnicity entering the field of teaching have a lack of knowledge of the experiences, needs and resources of CLD student populations, including the presence of racism and social inequality.
• The educational strategies practiced in schools are typically based upon the dominant culture’s values and beliefs (Darder, 1991)  and are reflected in the curriculum and materials used in many schools (Sleeter & Grant, 1999; Nieto, 2000).
• While urban and suburban areas were once considered two separate entities, the sharp distinctions between them are becoming blurred due to population increases. These “boombergs” (Halper, 2001)  have made issues once associated with a specific locality, issues for all of us.
 Darder, A. (1991). Culture and power in the classroom: A critical foundation for bicultural education. New York: Bergin and Garvey.
[2a] Sleeter, C.E. & Grant, C.A. (1999). Making choices for multicultural education: Five approaches to race, class and gender. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.
[2b] Nieto, S. (2000). Placing equity front and center: Some thoughts on transforming teacher education for a new century. Journal of Teacher Education, 51(3), 180-187.
 Halper, E. (2001, July 12). Chances for Urban Charm Seen Amid O.C.’s Sprawl; Land use: County has its share of city centers, but density could lead to even more ‘walkable’ downtowns, study says:[Orange County Edition]. Los Angeles Times, p. B1. Retrieved July 9, 2008, from Los Angeles Times database. (Document ID: 75368854).