Literacy Curriculum and Instruction Manager, Center for Black Educator Development

Posted by The Center for Black Educator Development on April 20, 2021

The Center for Black Educator Development exists to ensure there will be equity in the recruiting, training, hiring, and retention of quality educators that reflect the cultural background and share common socio-political interests of the students they serve.

In Philadelphia, The Center’s flagship city, the student body is over 50% Black but only 24% of the teachers are Black and just 4% are Black men. During the summer, The Center conducts a six-week apprenticeship program for aspiring high school and college-aged educators called the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA). The goal of FSLA is to affirm low-income Black students by substantially increasing the number of Black teachers work Black students, with a specific focus on social justice. FSLAs are family and community centered sites across the city of Philadelphia, designed to positively impact literacy development for young people of African descent during their foundational years, in order to secure their future academic success and intellectual development. It is The Center’s aim that high school participants in the FSLA apprenticeship program will strongly consider becoming future educational leaders and teachers as a result of their experiences in the program.

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