Recruiting and Retaining Black Male Educators: Leveraging Lessons from the Mississippi Teacher Residency


Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this project was designed to develop a teacher residency in Mississippi (Mississippi Teacher Residency [MTR]). Additionally, the project established an advisory group to analyze and ultimately document the efforts by MTR to recruit, prepare, and retain Black educators, particularly Black male educators.

In May 2021, the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) facilitated a convening of MTR stakeholders with Community Conversation: Recruiting and Retaining Black Male Educators in Mississippi & Beyond, which was held over two days to share their work and lessons learned. This report synthesizes those conversations and provides recommendations to state, district, and local policymakers to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of Black male educators.

Special thanks to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE), panelists, and participants, without whom this publication and the insights shared would not be possible.