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(March 26, 2021, Washington, D.C.) The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) released today its new video series featuring promising practices for recruiting and retaining male teachers of color. AACTE created the Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teacher Initiative Networked Improvement Community (NIC), which included a 5-year study by 10 AACTE member institutions that implemented improvement science to address the shortage crisis of Black and Hispanic/Latino profession-ready male teachers. Key findings from their research are featured in the video case studies, where the NIC participants present their experiences and lessons learned. NIC members describe effective ways for reducing barriers, developing partnerships, building recruitment pathways, providing mentorship, and offering faculty training to diversify the profession.
“There is a national shortage of men of color in education and AACTE is committed to spotlighting ways to effectively address this issue. Studies continue to find that having teachers of color benefits all students in a classroom, and specifically supports students of color boosting their overall academic performance, improving reading and mathematics test scores, and increasing graduation rates,” said Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez, AACTE vice president, research, policy, and advocacy. “It is imperative for educators, legislators, and community members to find ways to attract male teachers of color into the classroom. AACTE sincerely thanks its NIC member institutions for their invaluable contributions to education and the educator preparation profession.”
The video case studies are supplemented with downloadable handouts summarizing the key findings and written case studies provided by the NIC participants.
The AACTE NIC member institutions include:
Watch the video case studies for recommendations on ways to increase male teachers of color into educator preparation programs. The series is now publicly available at aacte.org/programs-and-services/nic.
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