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Two cofounders of The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice just scored national recognition

by Cianni Williams - Generocity
It’s an oft-shared statistic in the education world: Only 2 percent of America’s teachers are Black men.

And, according to Philly.com, 54 percent of students in the Philadelphia School District are Black, yet only 5 percent of their teachers are Black men.

Scholarship Program To Recruit Male Teachers Of Color Launches in San Antonio, Texas

By Camille Phillips - Texas Public Radio
Three out of four teachers in the San Antonio area are women, and just four percent are black, according to state data.

My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio is accepting applications through Aug. 7, with the aim of placing 30 men in internships at area schools this school year while they obtain alternative teacher certification through Education Service Center Region 20. They need to have their bachelor’s degree to qualify.

New program in Illionis to create a pipeline of black and Latino male teachers

By Manny Ramos - Chicago Sun-Times
Jawaun Williams always felt a void growing up on the South Side, going to schools with a predominantly black student population.

When he graduated from high school, he was one of the top 15 students in his class and in the honors society.

Still, something was missing.

Possible key to black boys' academic success: Hire black men as elementary school teacher

by Ted Gregory - Chicago Tribune
Near the end of his freshman year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ja’Waun Williams heard that a dean there had been a member of the fraternity Williams was pledging.

After bonding over their shared affection for Alpha Phi Alpha, Dean Alfred Tatum persuaded Williams to shift his academic focus. Instead of preparing to teach high school math, Tatum suggested, why not major in urban elementary education?

I’m one of the few male nursery teachers. There should be more of us

by Tim Cooke - The Guardian
A few years ago, when I started to seriously consider a career in teaching, the possibility of specialising in teaching the under-sixes didn’t even cross my mind. For me the choice was whether to train as a secondary English or primary school teacher.
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