2020-2021 BEI Grantees
In 2020, NCTR made grants to 14 Network residencies as part of our five-year commitment to the Black Educators Initiative (BEI).
2020-2021 BEI Grantees
Our grantee partner residencies are developing a suite of support services for Black teacher candidates, such as scholarships, living stipends, affinity groups, and emergency funds. They are also strengthening the preparation candidates receive throughout the residency year by examining the design of their programs. Grantees participate in a professional learning community where they share insights and knowledge with each other and hear from national experts.
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.
The Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) will support Black educators in the Boston Public Schools. Grant funds will be used to amplify BTRs efforts to broaden recruitment, reduce barriers to entry, and promote the retention and empowerment of Black educators.
CREATE (Compassion, Reflection, and Equity for Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness) will support the
retention and effectiveness of Black new teachers and their mentors through programming designed to develop critical-consciousness, compassion and skill. Additionally, funds will be used to improve candidate recruitment, to provide opportunities for racial affinity group work for teachers and mentors, and to provide funding and preparation for licensure exams.
East Harlem Teaching Residency will use grant funds to expand and support the development of multiple strategies, including housing, testing, and support for college credits and healthcare expenses. The BEI grant also supports the launch of recruitment for a new secondary-level residency pathway that will continue to grow the pipeline of future Black educators.
Nashville Teacher Residency’s grant provides personalized training and support for residents designed to increase program graduation rates. Additionally, it provides residents with low-interest loans, internship stipends, scholarships, funding for licensure exam fees, and support from a mental health fund.
In SY20-21, New Visions for Public Schools will use the BEI grant to convene a broad group of Black educators across its networks to provide peer support, identify and address key issues faced by Black educators in New York City, build educators’ abilities to care for themselves and their students and lead change efforts in their schools, and document those strategies and efforts in order to share them with the BEI network.
Old Dominion University (ODU) will establish an emergency fund to help eliminate barriers that impact Black students, hire a graduate assistant to work exclusively on recruiting and retention efforts of Black teacher residents, and support university supervisors to monitor school placements. Funding will also support affinity groups for Black residents and former program graduates, as well as provide leadership opportunities for former graduates to lead sessions with current residents.
RTR will improve and expand its BEI interventions which include mentoring, induction, emergency funds, and professional development for Black educators. RTR also plans to launch new affinity groups based on the direct needs of educators.
BEI funding supports a consortium of institutions serving the greater St. Paul/Minneapolis area by providing scholarships, support for licensure exams and other personal needs, and connecting residents, graduates, and other district leaders through affinity groups and navigating pair mentors. The program will build teacher leadership by providing mentoring opportunities for graduates, potentially leading to more teacher mentors of color who will coach and support Black residents.