Education is a key tool for a more socially just, equitable and liberated society. While schooling has historically reproduced systems of oppression that marginalize Black and Brown children, educators are key change agents in educational systems. Preparing a strong Black teacher-force positively impacts not just Black and Brown children, but all children. The Black Educators Initiative (BEI) aims to do just that.
Launched in 2020 as an extension of Urban Teachers’ flagship teacher development program, BEI provides financial and programmatic supports for current and aspiring Black educators. Through this fellowship, eligible applicants qualify for a minimum of $4,000 (and up to $5,000) in scholarships and a minimum of $20,000 (up to $25,000) in loan forgiveness.
The goal of BEI is to significantly increase the number of Black educators in Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia and Washington, DC while ensuring they are supported and embraced in the classroom.