Developing Educators to Transform the Educational Experience of Black & Brown Leaders of Tomorrow

The Mission

BMEA is dedicated to liberating students, teachers, school leaders, and school systems/policies to transform the landscape of education for Black and Brown communities across the country.

The Current Landscape of Education Shows the Need for Change

School systems and leaders are under incredible pressure to raise student achievement and lead a teaching force that is underpaid, overworked, and lacking diversity.

57%

In high-poverty neighborhoods, schools are understaffed and struggle to retain teachers. In a national survey conducted in Fall 2023, the wariness of understaffing persisted at 57% of schools.

57%

In high-poverty neighborhoods, schools are understaffed and struggle to retain teachers. In a national survey conducted in Fall 2023, the wariness of understaffing persisted at 57% of schools.

Black and Brown students score significantly lower than their White counterparts on national Math / STEM assessments.

Black and Brown students score significantly lower than their white counterparts on national Math / STEM assessments.

5x

Black and Brown students lose approximately 5 times the number of days of school due to suspension compared to White students.

5x

Black and Brown students lose approximately 5 times the number of days of school due to suspension compared to White students.

1.3%

The percentage of Black males that make up the teaching force has been low historically in America post Jim Crow. The number has decreased further from 2% to only 1.3%.

1.3%

The percentage of Black males that make up the teaching force has been low historically in America post Jim Crow. The number has decreased further from 2% to only 1.3%.

Leadership Development at All Levels of the Educational System

We partner with and provide training and programming to school leaders and educators who are committed to and seeking transformative change now.

We Support the Transformation of Schools in the Following Ways:

Developing School Leaders and Teachers

BMEA partners with schools to offer leadership and staff development that supports them in developing a relationship-centered school culture by way of Restorative Practices. Furthermore, BMEA supports schools in developing and implementing an instructional model that focuses on increasing students’ level of independence. 

BMEA offers Fellowships for School Leaders and Educators in which Fellows are a part of a cohort of peers. 

K-12 Intergenerational Mentoring for Black Boys

The Black Minds Leadership Program, as the leadership development arm of BMEA, focuses on intergenerational mentoring to foster confident and skilled individuals while creating a pipeline for Black males in the teaching profession. The program utilizes high school mentors to engage elementary-aged students, aiming to improve math proficiency and develop emerging young Black male leaders by fostering productive struggle, productive talk, and cultivating mindsets.

Research and Policy Advocacy

Black Male Educators Alliance works with local and state entities to advocate for policies and systems changes designed to transform schools, making them more equitable spaces.

Transforming Schools for Equity: A Call for Genuine Change

Transforming Schools for Equity: A Call for Genuine Change

In the realm of education, we are confronted with a stark reality – schools, particularly those serving black, brown, and economically disadvantaged communities, have never been set up for success. This systemic issue, magnified by the longstanding lack of resources and funding, has been further exacerbated by the relentless challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Developing School Leaders and Teachers

BMEA partners with schools to offer leadership and staff development that supports them in developing a relationship-centered school culture by way of Restorative Practices. Furthermore, BMEA supports schools in developing and implementing an instructional model that focuses on increasing students’ level of independence. 

BMEA offers Fellowships for School Leaders and Educators in which Fellows are a part of a cohort of peers. 

Transforming Schools into Liberatory Spaces

Our Liberated Learners Framework drives our work with schools and school systems.

At the foundation, we train and support schools to become truly Restorative institutions. This means examining everything from how relationships are proactively built, how conflict is handled, what policies inform school discipline, to how teachers engage students and families in the learning process.

At the next level, we dig deep into examining and transforming instructional practices to be culturally responsive and adapting curriculum materials as needed to be culturally relevant to the students.

The next layer of work focuses on the ways we engage students in learning activities and tasks. We take an inquiry-based learning stance, situating academic content in the context of Project-Based Learning projects in which students apply subject-area content in cross-curricular projects that emphasize collaboration, real-world applications, public exhibition, and deep reflection.

This framework develops students as true independent learners who are change agents for their communities: the ultimate goal of a Liberatory school.

Transforming Schools into Liberatory Spaces

Our Liberated Learners Framework drives our work with schools and school systems.

At the foundation, we train and support schools to become truly Restorative institutions. This means examining everything from how relationships are proactively built, how conflict is handled, what policies inform school discipline, to how teachers engage students and families in the learning process.

At the next level, we dig deep into examining and transforming instructional practices to be culturally responsive and adapting curriculum materials as needed to be culturally relevant to the students.

The next layer of work focuses on the ways we engage students in learning activities and tasks. We take an inquiry-based learning stance, situating academic content in the context of Project-Based Learning projects in which students apply subject-area content in cross-curricular projects that emphasize collaboration, real-world applications, public exhibition, and deep reflection.

This framework develops students as true independent learners who are change agents for their communities: the ultimate goal of a Liberatory school.

Developing Restorative Leaders

We provide comprehensive training programs that equip school leaders with the skills and strategies needed to cultivate a restorative school culture, fostering positive relationships and resolving conflicts constructively.

We provide direct support to school leaders in the form of needs assessment, data analysis, action planning, and co-observations.

With our decades of experience, we bring the knowledge and tools necessary to help leaders develop the lens and skills necessary to become a true Restorative Leader. School leaders develop the critical lens necessary to analyze and shift policies that may be marginalizing certain groups of students. These shifts often lead to tangible improvements in academic outcomes for students, staff morale and retention, and family engagement.

Developing Restorative Leaders

We provide comprehensive training programs that equip school leaders with the skills and strategies needed to cultivate a restorative school culture, fostering positive relationships and resolving conflicts constructively.

We provide direct support to school leaders in the form of needs assessment, data analysis, action planning, and co-observations.

With our decades of experience, we bring the knowledge and tools necessary to help leaders develop the lens and skills necessary to become a true Restorative Leader. School leaders develop the critical lens necessary to analyze and shift policies that may be marginalizing certain groups of students. These shifts often lead to tangible improvements in academic outcomes for students, staff morale and retention, and family engagement.

Increasing Teacher Retention
A key driver to school success is the retention of high-quality teachers.

What we have found is that often, teachers leave leadersnot schools.

So, without a magic wand to pay teachers increased salaries, how can schools improve staff retention?

It centers around treating educators as professionals: increasing autonomy, utilizing culturally responsive practices and curriculum that reflects the diversity of students, centering educator wellness, and making schools joyful places where all stakeholders want to be.

Increasing Teacher Retention

A key driver to school success is the retention of high-quality teachers.

What we have found is that often, teachers leave leadersnot schools.

So, without a magic wand to pay teachers increased salaries, how can schools improve staff retention?

It centers around treating educators as professionals: increasing autonomy, utilizing culturally responsive practices and curriculum that reflects the diversity of students, centering educator wellness, and making schools joyful places where all stakeholders want to be.

Enhancing Academic Outcomes

Our work with school leaders and educators leads to improved academic outcomes for students by fostering a holistic approach to education. We equip educators with culturally responsive pedagogy, Restorative Practices, and strategies to address students’ socio-emotional needs.

By creating relationship-centered school cultures and empowering teachers with effective instructional models, our work with educators cultivates environments where students feel valued, supported, and engaged in their learning, ultimately leading to enhanced academic achievement and success.

Enhancing Academic Outcomes

Our work with school leaders and educators leads to improved academic outcomes for students by fostering a holistic approach to education. We equip educators with culturally responsive pedagogy, Restorative Practices, and strategies to address students’ socio-emotional needs.

By creating relationship-centered school cultures and empowering teachers with effective instructional models, our work with educators cultivates environments where students feel valued, supported, and engaged in their learning, ultimately leading to enhanced academic achievement and success.

Improving Family Engagement

The school building must be a community hub where families are welcomed and communicated with regularly. Through our framework, we bring parents along the journey: holding regular meetings, soliciting feedback, and transforming the relationship between home and school.

We support school leaders by facilitating meaningful partnerships between schools and families by implementing strategies and initiatives that promote active involvement, open communication, and collaboration, fostering a supportive community where families feel valued and engaged in their children’s education.

Improving Family Engagement

The school building must be a community hub where families are welcomed and communicated with regularly. Through our framework, we bring parents along the journey: holding regular meetings, soliciting feedback, and transforming the relationship between home and school.

We support school leaders by facilitating meaningful partnerships between schools and families by implementing strategies and initiatives that promote active involvement, open communication, and collaboration, fostering a supportive community where families feel valued and engaged in their children’s education.

K-12 Intergenerational Mentoring for Black Boys

The Black Minds Leadership Program, as the leadership development arm of BMEA, focuses on intergenerational mentoring to foster confident and skilled individuals while creating a pipeline for Black males in the teaching profession. The program utilizes high school mentors to engage elementary-aged students, aiming to improve math proficiency and develop emerging young Black male leaders by fostering productive struggle, productive talk, and cultivating mindsets.

Improving Math Skills of Black Boys

The Black Minds Leadership Program is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by equipping young Black boys with the math proficiency they need to thrive. Through innovative teaching methods and personalized support, we empower students to use math as a tool to solve complex problems and improve their community.

Our approach identifies math learning gaps early in our young scholars and serves as an effective intervention that not only improves math proficiency but increases confidence and comfortability in mathematics.

 

Improving Math Skills of Black Boys

The Black Minds Leadership Program is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by equipping young Black boys with the math proficiency they need to thrive. Through innovative teaching methods and personalized support, we empower students to use math as a tool to solve complex problems and improve their community.

Our approach identifies math learning gaps early in our young scholars and serves as an effective intervention that not only improves math proficiency but increases confidence and comfortability in mathematics. 

Diversify the Teaching Profession
The Black Minds Leadership Program not only transforms the lives of young scholars but also paves the way for a more diverse teaching profession. By empowering Black high school mentors to become leaders in education, we’re building a pipeline of Black males who are interested in the teaching profession.

We envision a future where Black and Brown students attend schools with staff that reflect the diversity of their community.

Diversify the Teaching Profession

The Black Minds Leadership Program not only transforms the lives of young scholars but also paves the way for a more diverse teaching profession. By empowering Black high school mentors to become leaders in education, we’re building a pipeline of Black males who are interested in the teaching profession.

We envision a future where Black and Brown students attend schools with staff that reflect the diversity of their community.

Strengthening Communities
The impact of The Black Minds Leadership Program extends well beyond the classroom. By empowering young Black boys with confidence, resilience, leadership skills, and math skills we are cultivating the next generation of community leaders who will drive positive change and uplift their neighborhoods.

With our High School mentors, we provide workforce development training, preparing them for future careers.

Through our engagement with families, we strengthen the connection between home and family among schools in the community.

Strengthening Communities

The impact of The Black Minds Leadership Program extends well beyond the classroom. By empowering young Black boys with confidence, resilience, leadership skills, and math skills we are cultivating the next generation of community leaders who will drive positive change and uplift their neighborhoods.

With our High School mentors, we provide workforce development training, preparing them for future careers.

Through our engagement with families, we strengthen the connection between home and family among schools in the community.

Our Current School Partners

Our Current School Partners

Our Impact

In our inaugural year of the Black Minds Leadership Program, we saw the following results letting us know that our program was not only needed, but effective.

Research and Policy Advocacy

Black Male Educators Alliance works with local and state entities to advocate for policies and systems changes designed to transform schools, making them more equitable spaces.

Transforming Schools for Equity: A Call for Genuine Change

Transforming Schools for Equity: A Call for Genuine Change

In the realm of education, we are confronted with a stark reality – schools, particularly those serving black, brown, and economically disadvantaged communities, have never been set up for success. This systemic issue, magnified by the longstanding lack of resources and funding, has been further exacerbated by the relentless challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local

At the local level, BMEA engages in advocacy efforts by collaborating with community stakeholders, attending school board meetings, and partnering with local organizations to influence educational policies and practices. This includes advocating for culturally responsive curriculum, equitable funding distribution, and hiring practices that promote diversity.

 

 

 

Local

At the local level, BMEA engages in advocacy efforts by collaborating with community stakeholders, attending school board meetings, and partnering with local organizations to influence educational policies and practices. This includes advocating for culturally responsive curriculum, equitable funding distribution, and hiring practices that promote diversity.

 

 

Statewide

Statewide, BMEA works with legislators, educational agencies, and advocacy groups to promote policies that advance equity and support the recruitment and retention of Black educators. This involves lobbying for legislation that addresses systemic inequities in education, such as funding disparities, teacher preparation programs, and professional development opportunities.

Statewide

Statewide, BMEA works with legislators, educational agencies, and advocacy groups to promote policies that advance equity and support the recruitment and retention of Black educators. This involves lobbying for legislation that addresses systemic inequities in education, such as funding disparities, teacher preparation programs, and professional development opportunities.

National

On a national scale, BMEA participates in coalitions, conducts research, and engages in advocacy campaigns to influence federal policies impacting education. This includes advocating for federal funding to support initiatives aimed at increasing the representation of Black educators in the workforce, promoting culturally responsive teaching practices, and addressing racial disparities in discipline and academic achievement.

 

Additionally, BMEA collaborates with national organizations and research institutions to contribute to the body of knowledge on effective strategies for promoting equity and diversity in education.

 

 

National

On a national scale, BMEA participates in coalitions, conducts research, and engages in advocacy campaigns to influence federal policies impacting education. This includes advocating for federal funding to support initiatives aimed at increasing the representation of Black educators in the workforce, promoting culturally responsive teaching practices, and addressing racial disparities in discipline and academic achievement.

Additionally, BMEA collaborates with national organizations and research institutions to contribute to the body of knowledge on effective strategies for promoting equity and diversity in education.

 

 

Transforming Education

BMEA works with educators and schools in Michigan, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Georgia,  and China

15,000+

Students impacted by BMEA’s programming

100%

BMEA fellows that have been retained in the profession
Our work is made possible in part through the generosity and support from the following funders and partnering educational entities:

Are you committed to transforming education for Black, Brown, and economically disadvantaged youth?

BMEA welcomes your support! If you want to partner with us, click below to contact us today.
You can also make a tax-deductible donation here on our website.

For inquiries, email: Ms. Staci L. Williams at Staci@BlackMaleEducatorsAlliance.org

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