Monday, September 28, 2015

Philadelphia Principal Launches Group To Help Recruit, Retain Black Male Educators.

The Washington Post (9/25, Brown) reports Sharif El-Mekki, principal of Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker campus in Philadelphia, has launched a group called The Fellowship, which “aims to bring together Philly’s black male educators and provide them with professional support to thrive in their jobs.” El-Mekki also wants the group to “become a hub for the recruitment and retention of black men in education.” The Fellowship will hold its first meeting on October 1 where El-Mekki hopes participants will share their stories of why they chose to become teachers. Only 2% of teachers in the US are black men.

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