Welcome to The Black Male Educator: Stories, Struggles and Successes, the TeachingPartners Live Collaborative presented by NNSTOY.
This spring, I’m hosting what I believe to be an important TeachingPartners Live Workshop. It presents not only my own ideas and experiences but the collective perspectives of a growing group of black male educators gathered by NNSTOY. Together, we’re creating a space for black male educators to share their professional stories, struggles, and successes—with the aim of learning from and supporting each other. In the process of finding that we are not alone, we’re growing professionally from the collective energy that our coming together makes possible.
Today, only 2% of public school teachers are males of color. Although we are small in number, we have to be mighty in impact. By 2024, there will be more black and brown students than white students in American public schools for the first time in history. We need to do all we can to make it possible for more black male educators to join the teaching profession. And we need to ensure that those of us who do become teachers have the chance to benefit from the shared support and experience of our peers.
This first TeachingPartners Live Workshop presents the first collection of common ideas and experiences we’ve collected as a small group. In addition to framing a more extended discussion among other black male educators, I’m intending this gathering as an opportunity for to co-develop common practices and approaches based on our collective shared experience. You’re invited to join us to learn what we’ve discovered so far, and to help as we create and sustain a broad canvas upon which we can envision what expertise looks like not only as a practitioner but as role models for the many black, brown and white faces fill our classrooms and hearts.
The organizing action at the heart of this workshop is your development of a personal action plan that details ways you will further your own professional development in the service of becoming an expert in your craft.
To get things started, in our first workshop session I’ll introduce some too common challenges articulated by many black male educators, and I’ll share some suggestions for ways to move beyond them. Then, I’ll give workshop participants a chance to begin to present their own experiences and to think about how they would develop their own personal story about what it means for them to be a black male educator.
Between sessions, you’ll have a chance to complete this document, which should include your own personal experiences, struggles, and successes. Conclude your document with either a reflection about your story and future dreams you have or your suggestions for specific systemic and school-level changes that need to happen for you to achieve expertise in your practice.
In our second workshop, we’ll share these reflections and begin to think together about ways in which we can each create your own professional action plan that responds to the challenges you’ve presented.
I hope you will make time to join me for these important conversations. Our first session meets March 14th and we then meet again a week later on March 21st.
Teachers who take part in both sessions and develop an action plan are eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation for six hours of professional learning from NNSTOY and TeachingPartners.