THE CENTER FOR URBAN EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
To liberate and transform communities by rebuilding the Black teacher pipeline.
HOW WE DO IT
We offer rising educators, new educators, and experienced educators tailored professional development and mentorship to meet the urgent needs of urban education.
DCF Training for Pre-School, VPK Programs
Temporary Certification Testing Bootcamp
Professional Certification Testing Bootcamp
Tailored Professional Development
Job Placement Support
Job Placement Assistance
A Liberating and Just Education
Building an Equity-Driven Agenda
Content and Context
Optimizing Learning in a Post- Pandemic World
Equity-Driven Professional Development
Cultural Site Assessments
Pedagogicial Site Assessments
K-12 student enrollment continues to rise dramatically across the nation, especially for students of color. Yet the percentage of teachers of color is in significant decline, even in school districts with majority minority student populations. This decline is dramatic in the following areas: interest in education, enrollment in teacher preparation programs, graduation rates from teacher preparation programs with significant disparity between white teachers and teachers of color.
Black students are more than four times as likely, and Latino students twice as likely, as their white peers to attend schools where more than 20% or more of their teachers have not yet met all state certification and licensing requirements. It is critical that we motivate and encourage Black educators to obtain their teaching certifications.
More than 270,000 of public school teachers are projected to leave the profession between 2016 and 2026. Since 2010, the demand for teachers quadrupled. The pandemic and COVID has only exacerbated the problem and emergency solutions are needed.
Students of color are often concentrated in schools with fewer resources. Schools with 90 percent or more students of color spend $733 less per student per year than schools with 90 percent or more white students. Less than 10% of students from low income families graduate from college by their mid- 20's.
When Black children have one Black teacher by third grade, they are 13% more likely to enroll in college. With two Black teachers, that percentage jumps to 32%. For Black male students that come from low-income families, their likelihood for on-time on-time high school graduation increases by 40%.
We are focused on designing scalable recruitment, professional development, mentorship and partnership efforts that focus on assisting and supporting people that identify as Black to obtain their credentials to become licensed educators in the state of Florida.
This effort will begin with a strategic social media campaign with video modules led by practitioners and educational experts that outline how to become a certified teacher in Florida, while highlighting colleges and universities that offer these certifications with a primary focus on our state's HBCU's.
Programs will encourage the most talented that possess the greatest desire to teach black children within the Black community to become educators to address and combat the emergency state of Black education.
YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
The time is now to fight for the liberation and justice of education. Every child deserves a fair and equal opportunity to experience high quality education, certified and effective teachers, and access to resources they deserve and need to succeed. The research is clear the most meaningful ways to fight for equity and inclusion is to focus on education.