Founded in 2017, Black Male Educators Alliance was created with the primary goal to recruit, engage, and develop Black male educators. We achieve this by partnering with educational agencies at the local, state and national level to support recruiting black men into education, engaging Black male educators, and developing leaders to improve the education of youth. Today, we remain committed to both increasing as well as developing Black males in education. However, it became clear to us that we needed to expand to reach a broader cross-section of educators – our programming includes women and participants from all racial backgrounds.
Our mission is to develop effective culturally responsive educators who cultivate learning partnerships AND grow independent thinkers into change agents for their communities.
Our Anchor Mission Strategy outlines the ways in which we channel our collective energy to RECRUIT, ENGAGE AND develop BLACK MALE AND Culturally responsive educatORS, WHOM prioritize students’ cultural environment to create “liberated learners”
Black men represent only 2% of the national teaching force, although children of color make up the majority of the American school population. Prioritizing the recruitment and onboarding of Black male educators
Nationally, Black male and culturally responsive educators leave their schools and profession at higher rates than their counterparts. We help schools and administrators develop and implement engagement and retention strategies.
Research indicates that efforts to develop and invest in the Black male and culturally responsive teaching force are the most effective retention methods for Black and culturally responsive educators
Michael Payne, Jr.
Co-Founder/ Director of Teaching & Learning
Chief of Staff
Executive Director of Programming and Partnerships
Director of K-12 Mentoring
Director of Marketing and Information Technology