A national effort to recruit, develop and retain black educators through teacher residencies.
NCTR’s Black Educators Initiative is a response to an urgent and pressing challenge:
Black students who have just one Black teacher in elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school and consider going to college, yet just 7 percent of public school teachers are Black. As the nation’s students become more diverse, teacher residencies are best able to prepare the next generation of teachers.
NCTR’s Black Educators Initiative will improve student outcomes by increasing student access to effective, Black teachers.
NCTR launched the initiative in September 2019 after receiving a five-year, $20-million grant from the Ballmer Group to recruit, develop, and retain 750 new Black teachers through our national Network of teacher residency partners.
This funding allows NCTR to invest in residency programs that are improving diversity through new and innovative strategies.
This collective learning informs new research and support for all of NCTR’s Network partners, and it helps the teacher preparation field better understand how to prepare a diverse and effective teacher workforce.
NCTR is excited to announce our second cohort of the Black Educator’s Initiative.
- Scholarships, stipends, and other incentive funds to support Black residents’ full participation in essential clinical experiences.
- Partnerships with organizations like the Black Teacher Project to provide consulting and training for mentors of Black residents.
- Increased induction support, including job search assistance, alumni networks, and professional development for graduates.
- Memberships to professional development and networking organizations.
- Increased mentor stipends to attract experienced, effective teachers as mentors of Black residents.
- Mental health and social-emotional learning supports, including contracting with Black therapists.
Pilot Year Activities
In the pilot year 2019-20, NCTR and our grantees dove into a yearlong Roundtable Series to examine research-based practices and tackle persistent challenges as a learning community. Topics included the effectiveness of emergency funds for candidates, mentor support, and resident effectiveness. NCTR also collaborated and sought guidance from national experts to help maximize this opportunity.