Black Educators Initiative

Nashville Teacher Residency joins national initiative to recruit, develop and retain Black teachers for local schools.

Nashville Teacher Residency has received a $321,285 from the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) to expand and improve its efforts to recruit and develop Black teachers for schools in Middle Tennessee. The award comes through NCTR’s Black Educators Initiative, a five-year, $20-million effort to recruit and train 750 new Black teachers through NCTR’s nationwide network of teacher residency programs.

How Funds Will Be Allocated

How Funds Will Be Allocated

Communities of Learning
Mental Health Fund
Exam Fees
Ida B. Wells
Internship Stipends
Low-Interest Loans
Personalized Support
DEI Training
Affinity Groups
Professional Development

Why Does This Matter?

Increasing the number of highly effective Black educators has been an essential part of NTR’s mission and vision since our founding in 2015.  Over our first three cohorts, we have recruited and trained 43 Black residents, 64% of the total number of residents trained. The strategies listed above reflect our successes, failures, and enduring questions in regard to the way we train, support and retain excellent Black educators.