(Schenectady, N.Y.) – Clarkson University has received a $96,000 grant from the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) to expand and improve its efforts to recruit and develop Black teachers for New York State public schools.
The award comes through NCTR’s Black Educators Initiative (BEI), a five-year, $20-million effort to recruit and train 750 new Black teachers through NCTR’s nationwide network of teacher residency programs.
Clarkson is one of only 27 residencies chosen to receive a 2022-2023 BEI grant to increase access to Black educators in their community. This is the third consecutive year in which Clarkson has received BEI funding.
Clarkson’s Master of Arts in Teaching full-year residency program supports Black teacher candidates with scholarships, mentoring, living stipends, affinity groups, emergency funds, and tutors. Grant recipients also earn the title of Fellow in the Black Educators Initiative program.
Participants also have the option to participate in Clarkson's Income Shared Agreement, which allows successful candidates to defer up to $12,000 in tuition and living expenses until they are employed as a teacher.
"The Clarkson Master of Arts in Teaching program is proud to once again receive the Black Educators Initiative grant supported by the National Center for Teacher Residencies," says Clarkson Department of Education Chair Catherine Snyder. "As one of a handful of teacher residency programs across the nation to receive this grant, we take our responsibility to heart to induct and support the next generation of Black educators. Clarkson is proud of our Black Educator Initiative Fellows who are already out in the field teaching, and look forward to working with a new cohort of fellows this year."
"Now more than ever, we need to focus on recruiting and retaining Black teachers to address the racial disparities within the national teacher workforce and to inspire students of color across the nation," says Kathlene Holmes Campbell, NCTR’s CEO. "We are so proud to partner with Clarkson’s Master of Arts in Teaching program through NCTR’s Black Educators Initiative and look forward to working together to impact Black teacher residents and the communities they serve."
Teacher residency programs have proven effective at recruiting and developing teachers of color. In 2020-2021, NCTR’s Network of partner residencies reported that 57 percent of their teacher residents identified as a person of color – surpassing the only 22 percent of teachers who identify as a person of color nationally. This year, 60 percent of teachers training in the Clarkson Master of Arts in Teaching program are people of color.
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The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing, launching, supporting, and accelerating the impact of teacher residency programs. Headquartered in Chicago, NCTR’s mission is to disrupt historical educational inequities by advancing the teacher residency movement to prepare effective, diverse, and culturally responsive educators. For more information about NCTR, visit https://nctresidencies.org/.
About the Black Educators Initiative
The Black Educators Initiative is a five-year, $20-million effort to train 750 Black teachers through NCTR’s nationwide network of teacher residency programs. NCTR launched the Black Educators Initiative in 2019 to help NCTR Network partner programs improve the recruitment, development, and retention of Black educators in their programs and partner schools. This year, NCTR awarded nearly $3.7 million in grants to 27 programs. Funding for the initiative comes from The Ballmer Group. For more information about BEI, visit www.nctresidencies.org/black-educators-initiative.