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Baltimore Executive Director talks with MD Comptroller’s team about preparing career teachers during a pandemic

Baltimore Executive Director Charelle James sat down with the Maryland Comptroller’s team in August 2020 to discuss Urban Teachers’ efforts to prepare aspiring Baltimore educators during the coronavirus pandemic: “We’re making certain we’re showing [our teachers] how they can continue to have impact … virtually, but also they need to be able to differentiate for […]

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Urban Teachers educator joins Rolling Stone ‘Back to School’ panel

What is more normal — and expected — each end of summer than students and teachers to return to school? So far, the coronavirus crisis has killed an estimated 180,000 so far within United States borders. And in some cases, public school teachers have been deemed “essential workers” and told to return to classrooms — even if they’ve been […]

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How one local teacher works with big dreams and small contributions

The average person might say the days of elementary school children should be filled with learning, after-school activities, and time to be carefree. However, as a teacher at Lucy Ellen Moten Elementary School in Fort Stanton, Raymond Pyle sees first-hand the harsh realities that some school-age children face growing up in Southeast D.C.

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AmeriCorps Partnership Continues in 2020-2021 School Year

Urban Teachers is pleased to announce that our partnership with AmeriCorps will continue in the 2020-2021 school year. This coming school year will be the second year of a three-year partnership with AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service. In May 2019, Urban Teachers was awarded the opportunity to offer a Professional Corps program to our participants. […]

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Robert Simmons joins Urban Teachers as Executive Director of the Black Educators Initiative

(BALTIMORE, MD) — Urban Teachers announced today that esteemed educator and author Robert Simmons III, Ed.D. will lead the Black Educators Initiative (BEI), an ambitious $25 million effort to place nearly 1,000 new Black educators in classrooms by 2023.  Simmons, who started his education career as a classroom teacher, is joining one of the nation’s […]

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A profile on Edgar Otero, a member of Urban Teachers Cohort 2020

With a semester still remaining before he graduates, sociology major and education studies minor Edgar Otero ’20 has already lined up a job that will further is long-term career goal — he will be joining Urban Teachers in Washington, D.C. As part this program, Otero will complete a residency to become certified to teach full-time and obtain […]

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NBA Clippers owner’s foundation gives $25M grant to Urban Teachers, money they plan to parlay into 1,000 black educators

WASHINGTON — Going on 10 years, Urban Teachers has used statistical data, cultural common sense and plucked every person in love with teaching they could find to prove a point: When your child is taught by people who look like them, who grew up in much the same way they did, chances are your kids […]

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Group with Dallas ties launches multi-million-dollar effort to add more black teachers to classrooms

With help from ex-Microsoft exec Steve Ballmer, Urban Teachers – a rigorous teacher training program which has trained and placed teachers in Dallas since 2016 – is embarking on the $25 million Black Educator Initiative.

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Urban Teachers to invest $25 million to recruit and retain Black educators

(BALTIMORE, MD) — Urban Teachers, a national teacher recruitment, preparation, development, and retention program serving Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Dallas, is launching the Black Educators Initiative, an ambitious $25M effort to diversify the teacher workforce. Through the generosity and support of Ballmer Group, Urban Teachers will place 1,000 new Black educators in classrooms by 2023. […]

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