There’s no shortage of talented people of color who could help close the teacher diversity gap. Barriers such as program tuition, testing fees, and personal expenses while transitioning to teaching disproportionately impact potential teachers of color.
The Black Educator Excellence Cohort (BEEC) tackles the barriers that keep aspiring Black teachers out of the profession. BEEC members have received financial assistance, support with required certification exams, including practice tests, online coursework, 1:1 support, and a space to build community with other Black educators. To counteract the isolation and challenges many Black teachers face on mostly white teaching staff, the program also provides a network of mutual support and targeted development opportunities, such as social events, book studies, and guest speakers.