Transcript of interview with Dr. Porter Troutman by Claytee D. White, November 20, 2006


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Transcript of interview with Dr. Porter Troutman by Claytee D. White, November 20, 2006
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Dr. Porter Troutman conducted by Claytee D. White on November 20, 2006. Active in the civil rights movement during college in the 1960s, Troutman became a teacher and later Director of National Teacher Corps, a competency-based teacher education program. His courses at UNLV focus on multicultural education.
Dr. Porter Troutman grew up in Newellton, a small farming community in Louisiana. He graduated from Ruth Wood Elementary School and went on to a high school in St. Joseph, Louisiana. He then attended Southern University from 1961 to 1965 and earned his Bachelor's Degree there. His father held a multitude of jobs to support the family and was highly involved in the civil rights movement. Porter was encouraged by his father to stay in school and work within the system rather than get involved in the 1960s demonstrations. However, he was witness to the KKK pressures that were put on his father, which caused the family to have to leave town overnight. In college, he engaged in protests and marched with fellow students like H. Rap Brown. After graduation, he came out west to Las Vegas. Porter briefly left Las Vegas and interviewed in Chicago for a teaching job. The interviewer impressed upon him what poor conditions existed in the Chicago school districts, so he decided against staying there. He came back to Las Vegas, worked for one year in the recreation department, then went to Northern Arizona University (NAU) and got his master's degree in elementary education. He followed that with an Education Specialist certification at UNLV. Dr. Troutman taught for five years and then took the opportunity to become a team leader for Teacher Corps, a competency-based teacher education program. After five weeks, he was appointed Associate Director for Teacher Corps, and eventually ended up as Director. During the ten years he worked for Teacher Corps, he also became one of the first blacks to earn a doctorate in Education Administration at NAU. Teacher Corps was designed to train teachers to work effectively and sympathetically with urban students from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Porter carried that commitment forward into his teaching, helping build multicultural education from one credit to three credits to a master's degree in education with emphasis on multicultural education. Today Dr. Porter teaches two or three classes per semester. He teaches all graduate classes and the occasional undergraduate class. He has designed four classes that specifically address multicultural issues, and these courses specifically target teachers' knowledge base, give them strategies for dealing with students, and identify resources and materials for them to use in the classroom.
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