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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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Urban Teachers Receives $1.5 Million Grant from the Texas Instruments Foundation

Dallas students to gain more STEM teachers (DALLAS, TX) – Urban Teachers, a national teacher preparation program that trains aspiring teachers for careers in the field, announced today that it has received a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning in the Dallas Independent […]

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Baltimore Teacher of the Year Finds Purpose in the Classroom

Finding Your Purpose is its Own Validation By: Kyair Butts When I first started teaching, I wasn’t very good. I didn’t go to college to be an education major. I didn’t take any education classes. I had scholarship money to go to Drake University because I was an All-American Mediator. I liked debating. I was […]

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Urban Teachers alumnus named Baltimore City ‘Teacher of the Year’

An English teacher at Waverly Elementary/Middle School known for his passion for language arts achievement and equity in the classroom was named the 2019 Baltimore City Teacher of the Year on Monday. Kyair Butts, who began teaching middle school English at Waverly last year, choked back tears as city schools CEO Sonja Santelises presented him the honor […]

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