Did you know that Black teachers are twice as likely to come to the profession through an alternative teacher training program than a traditional one? Many Black men who decide to teach come to the profession later in life and describe it as a calling. Although many are called, most do not come. Only about ½ of one percent of the teachers in the State of Minnesota are Black men.
Our goal at Black Men Teach is to have 20% of the teachers at our eight partner schools be Black men in the next five years. That roughly equates to about 32 teachers. Adding 32 new teachers would increase the number of Black men in the classroom by 10%. That additional 10% would increase the number of Black students enrolling in college, decrease the number dropping out of high school, and help close the opportunity gap in Minnesota.
If you have ever thought that teaching is your calling, contact us. We specialize in providing individualized support for men like you, assisting you in finding the most affordable and efficient pathway to licensure. Reach out to us and together let’s change that ½ percent and change our community as we do it!
MEET Thetis White, a career changer now teaching 5th grade at Monroe Elementary in Brooklyn Park, MN