The National Equity Project is honored to incubate and house the Black Teacher Project (BTP) and its founder and our ally, Dr. Micia Mosely! We’re excited to share that new Oakland Education Investment fund, Educate78, recently announced its partnership with BTP. Below is a snippet from their most recent blog post. Read the whole thing here.
FROM THE BLACK TEACHER PROJECT FOUNDER, MICIA MOSELY, PH.D.
I founded the Black Teacher Project in 2015 to address a lifelong passion and pursuit of mine: to support Black people in the United States in becoming and remaining the best teachers we can be.
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I moved to the Bay Area to teach high school over 20 years ago and left the classroom after just a few years. I always pictured myself as the kind of teacher that would be in the classroom long enough to teach my students’ kids and be a strong presence in my community. I knew my departure was a mix of systemic, political, and professional factors that were connected to my Blackness. I wanted to learn more and support more Black people to become teachers and stay in the classroom, consistently gaining mastery of teaching while remaining healthy whole human beings. That led me to earn my Ph.D. in Education at U.C. Berkeley and write my dissertation on the roles and experiences of Black teachers in multi-racial settings. I then worked with BayCES (now National Equity Project) to support the creation of small schools in Oakland. I went on to work with organizations like the Posse Foundation and the Urban Teaching Corps which helped me gain a national perspective of what it takes for Black people to become and remain teachers in this country. Since returning to the Bay to support teachers locally I have been able to work with a former Black student of mine who has become a teacher. Working with her inspired me to develop this project. You can read more about that story in The Black Teacher Project’s collection of #MyBlackTeacher stories.