Professional development grant

Education is always changing; today's classroom is a starkly different one from ten years ago. Technology, best teaching practices, and students' needs are ever-evolving. One way to help educators stay on top of these changes is professional development. This type of continuing education is beneficial to both teachers and their students.

 

According to Learning Forward, classroom achievement increases when teachers take part in development focused on addressing their students' significant learning challenges. New teachers take years to gain the experience and skills to be effective in the classroom. According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education (DoED), up to 17% of new teachers leave within their first five years. Unfortunately, men of color in black diverse schools are 5x more likely to leave the profession during this time. With black men only making up 2% of all teachers, this turnaround level is detrimental. Developed educators are more likely to feel competent, confident and stay in the classroom.

An inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is essential to train and support both new and experienced educators. Culturally Relevant Professional Development is even more critical for teachers who teach minority students. The Leaders To Learners Professional Development will sponsor black male educators who want to take teacher-preparation programs that will enhance their classroom's learning environment.