Black male and female teachers face similar experiences and obstacles, particularly at the beginning of a teaching career. We are inviting ALL BLACK educators — in their first, second or third year of teaching — to apply for the Early Career Teacher Fellowship (ECTF) program!
As Black educators represent less than 10% of the entire teaching force, it is understandable how many Black teachers may feel isolated. Creating lesson plans and calculating grades is one thing, but how do brand new teachers deal with a lack of support; or feeling burned out, bummed out, and overburdened by the realities of teaching?
The 2020-2021 academic year was the first year the Black Male Educator’s Alliance of Michigan (BMEA) programmed ECTF. Here is some of the feedback from past ECTF fellows:
“This program changed my life … it had substance.”
“It allowed me to think deeper about the world around me and myself”
“Even outside of the program, they continued to support me through a challenging point of my life”
This paid fellowship opportunity for new Black educators is complete with monthly professional development, teacher tips, and a new network of mentors and Black male educator peers.
As BMEA proudly launches the Early Career Teaching Fellowship (ECTF Cohort II), we are looking for Black educators who want to develop their instructional practice from the lens of culturally responsive teaching, content development, and teacher-student relationships.
Session dates are September 25, October 30, November 13, December 11, 2021, and January 29, February 12, March 12, April 19, and May 14, 2022.