The UNCF released a special report detailing recruitment, curricular, and co-curricular best practices that are being implemented at HBCU schools.
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) released a special report detailing recruitment, curricular, and co-curricular best practices that are being implemented at HBCU schools as major producers for public education systems across the country.
The HBCUs participating in the report are Huston-Tillotson University, Alabama A&M University, Albany State University, and Fayetteville State University. All four HBCUs are listed among the top 25 four-year HBCUs that produce college graduates who become Black teachers in various K-12 education fields.
Additionally, the report notes Black teachers impact the educational development of Black students by serving as role models, improving their educational experience, improving graduation and college enrollment rates, increasing Black students reading and mathematics state scores, and increasing end-of-year grades.
“Black teachers are essential to Black students’ educational, social, and emotional development. Yet, Black teachers only make up 7% of teachers in America,” Keeley Copridge, Ph.D., senior research associate, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, UNCF, and one of the report’s authors, said in a statement. “To meet the diversification of America’s P-12 system, it is essential that we strengthen the Black teacher pipeline. Historically Black colleges and universities are critical conduits in the Black teacher pipeline.”
“Black teachers are knowledgeable of these barriers; however, they do not grant students pursuing teaching careers permission to fail; instead, we continue to maintain high expectations for the students to succeed,” Nadrea Njoku, Ph.D., assistant vice president, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, UNCF said in a statement. “The research is clear. Black teachers matter. Scholarship repeatedly illuminates how Black teachers have a deep understanding of Black students and their lives in and outside of the classroom.”
The conclusion of the report calls for:
Continued research and analysis of culturally responsive curriculum in teacher education programs
Examination of the validity of teacher certification exams and potential barriers promoting the exclusion of specific student populations
Advocating at the federal and state level for funding for HBCU teacher education programs
Engaging private organizations to partner with HBCU teacher education programs to assist in supporting future educators
Increasing funding resources for HBCU faculty to implement innovative practices
Continued establishment and promotion of non-traditional pathways to becoming an educator
Source: Black Enterprise