The Black Teacher Project is running a social media listening campaign featuring the voices of Black teachers. We have a writing prompt for you: What is it going to take to set you free as a Black teacher and a human being? What conditions need to be met to set you free? We want to present a Black-centered response to the many questions that result from looking at equity in our current education system. So often the focus is on restoring individual people—and we believe restoration has to happen both to individuals and systems for authentic, lasting change. To join the campaign, email email@example.com by March 13 with:
One of the many highlights from our Elder Wisdom: Teaching through Turbulent Times evening was Michelle McAfee, a teacher with a 22-year career. She kicked off the night's program with her poem, "Color of Fear." We are grateful to Michelle for allowing use of her poem here.
The Black Teacher Project recruits, develops and sustains Black teachers for schools in the United States. Our goal is to create an effective teaching force that reflects the diversity of Black people in this country. BTP is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan to inform and guide our future work. The following surveys were designed to help BTP answer the following questions:
What makes a Black Master Teacher?
What is the work environment for Black teachers?
Three winners will receive a grand prize gift:...
* This piece originally appeared on RaceBaitr. We fight. We organize. We create. We protest. We dialogue. We coalition. We push. We sing. We rap. We griot. We speak. We write. We listen. We read. We empathize. We challenge. We humble. We agitate. We laugh. We cry. We breath. We grovel. We grieve. We riot. We lean. We rock. We shoulder. We march. We run. We confront. We plan. We strategize. We craft. We matter. We shine. We ready. We go. Too many times educators become paralyzed by their own feelings and lack of analysis, unable to move and be a beacon of action for our young people who are seeking guidance, assurance, and affirmation. Before the election arrived, I was already stressed out. My joints were aching, my patience was thin, and my students were getting read as I handed out many come to Jesus moments, left and right. It is a k...