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. 

Alder Graduate School of Education will apply BEI funding to continue support for the recruitment and training of Black residents and provide Black residents with financial support for tuition, living expenses, testing fees, and tutoring services to ensure they successfully complete the program.
AppleTree’s Early Learning Teacher Residency (AELTR) will support Black teachers with BEI funds to fund learning costs, testing fees, and address other unique challenges new Black teachers face in higher education and teacher preparation.

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.

Clarkson University will implement a three-part integrated support system for Black residents including tuition deferment, funding of a diversity recruiter position, and other supports including cost-of-living support; funding for professional development, books, exams, and emergencies; funding for mentors and mentor training; and, creating a library of high stakes scenarios to prepare residents for professional practice.
Chicago Public Schools’ BEI grant establishes an emergency fund to meet pressing needs of Black residents, increases the numbers of Black mentors, hires a recruiter focused on both recruitment and retention of Black residents, and supports testing preparation, book purchases, transportation, and other personal financial barriers.

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.

Kansas City Teacher Residency will focus on enhancing efforts to recruit and retain Black educators. BEI funds will provide scholarships, emergency funds, mental health services, support for licensure testing, enhanced affinity group programming, and support partnering with community organizations that focus on Black educator recruitment and retention.
The Black Educators Initiative grant contributes to Memphis Teacher Residency’s STEM teaching fellowship developed in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum, which provides a pipeline for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) undergraduate STEM majors interested in teaching.

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.