Black Teachers for Black Students

1319 Locust Street

A Discussion on the Philosophical and Psychological Importance of Black Teachers for Black Students


At 1199C Hospital Workers Union

1319 Locust Street


Moonstone Arts Center

blackteachers1“African-centered curriculum appropriately connects the Black experience to the African cultural world view and value system. This connection facilitates a healthy context from which African-Americans can learn about and understand themselves and the world.”

         - Madhubuti & Madhubuti  by Dr. Wade Nobles

“Racial pride to be the most powerful factor in protecting children from the sting of discriminatory behavior. It directly and positively related to three out of four academic outcomes—grade-point averages, educational aspirations, and cognitive engagement—and was also related to resilience in the face of discrimination”

       - from a  2012 study published in the journal Child Development ."

Teacher Answering a Girl in a Primary School Class

"We find evidence of systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for the educational attainment of black students. Specifically, non-black teachers have significantly lower educational expectations for black students than black teachers do when evaluating the same students… teachers’ expectations likely shape student outcomes and systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for student success might contribute to persistent socio-demographic gaps in educational achievement and attainment.”

       - The alarming effect of racial mismatch on teacher expectations, August 18, 2015, Brown Center Chalkboard, Brookings Institution – authored by Seth Gershenson and panelist Nicholas W. Papageorge


Amiri JohnsonAmari Johnson is an Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Temple University.  He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and is committed to the development of independent, African-centered educational institutions.  

Carol Lee2Carol Lee, Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & African American Studies, Northwestern University, founder and former director of the New Concept School, in Chicago. 

Nicholas W. PapageorgeNicholas W. Papageorge, assistant professor in the economics department at Johns Hopkins University , he is part of the research team and co-author of The Alarming Effect of Racial Mismatch on Teacher Expectations. (August 205)

Howard StevensonHoward Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at UPENN and author of Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference (Teachers College Press)


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  1. Educators of color are disappearing from the teaching profession and i found out some of the reasons why during Moonstone Arts Center, Friday October 16, 2015 discussion on Black Teachers for Black Students. The discussion is part of Moonstone’s Education in Black & White: The Institute for Colored Youth and the On-Going Struggle for Education series of discussions.

    Ms. Rosalind Jones-Johnson, Education Director, PFT Health & Welfare Fund shed some light on the decreasing numbers of educators of colors in the teaching profession.

    “About 25% of the population goes to college period. That would mean that every African American would have to major in education in order for African American students, Hispanic Students and White students to have access to a black teacher, so it does not workout mathematical. So we have to find a way, regardless of the race, ethnicity or economic level of the teacher. They have to develop a sense of making sure our children are safe socially, emotionally and academically and that can be taught. Intervention needs to take place before educators step into the classroom.”

    “When we look at the teacher population in Philadelphia, African American or black teachers in the public schools differ significantly from black teachers in charter schools. The retention rate for black teachers in charter schools is horrific. They are losing about 35% of their African American teachers as oppose to the public schools who are losing about 10%. Why such a dramatic difference between retention of black teachers in charter schools versus black teachers in public schools. It is because charter schools don’t have strong teacher induction programs for novice teachers. They are not preparing them to work with students in that classroom environment. Philadelphia public schools do just that we work with them intensively over the summer before they step foot in the classroom and offer support throughout the school year.”

    “There can be a lack of synchronization between the teacher and the student that has nothing to do with race. A middle income African American teacher may not be able to relate to an African American student who is living in sub poverty, unless you teach them to have the conversations with those students. To be empathic to understand so we have a responsibility regardless of the race, the ethnicity, the sex of the teacher. To make sure that they are dealing with all of the issues not just academics. We have to make sure they are well prepared before stepping into urban classrooms.”

    “All of the reasons why we don’t have black teachers isn’t negative. I have a black male sitting next to me that maybe eighty years ago his only option would have been to go into education or preaching. But now so many black college students have many options in terms of careers so it is not all negative. That’s why we have to get back to the discussion when we look at the numbers, we have to make sure that all teachers have what we call culturally responsive teaching. That they are able to teach black students, hispanic students regardless.” The figures that i looked at for the HBCUs that were producing most of the black teachers. Lincoln University 2010 only had 45 students in their education program, Cheyney had 15. And the number are consistently dropping. Cheyney use to produce most of teachers for the city of Philadelphia, they now only have one certification program and that’s k-fourth grade so in middle school and high school the number of black teachers will significantly decrease if we don’t do something about the HBCU issue. ”

    Under the Obama administration The Institute for Colored Youth now Cheyney University did not receive any of the Obama stimulus money. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been neglected by our federal and state government for years.

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