Through Our Eyes: Perspectives and Reflections From Black Teachers

“Through Our Eyes: Perspectives and Reflections From Black Teachers” represents the qualitative data Ed Trust collected from focus group sessions of 150 Black teachers from across the country.

With African Americans making up only 7 percent of the teaching workforce, “Through Our Eyes” adds some of the much-needed substance that has been absent from the teacher diversity conversation. It uncovers the challenges Black teachers face in classrooms and schools, surfacing issues that contribute to low retention rates among teachers of color.

How Racial Affinity Professional Development Sustains Black Teachers

 In our pilot year, BTP offered racial affinity-based professional development supports for Black teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, and sought to understand the impact on the teachers who participated. This article describes the findings from these supports, including a yearlong book study, inquiry groups, and drop-in “Rejuvenation Spaces.” A key finding from this initial pilot study is that racial affinity-based professional development decreases isolation and increases retention for Black teachers.


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A Class of They Own: Black Teachers in the Segregated South by Adam Fairclough

Black Teachers On Teaching by Michelle Foster

In Search of Wholeness: African American Teachers and Their Culturally Specific Pedagogy by Jacqueline Jordan Irvine

Beyond The Big House: African American Educators On Teacher Education by Gloria Ladson-Billings