The Center for Black Educator Development

Entrepreneur: Sharif El-Mekki

Founded: 2021

The Center for Black Educator Development’s mission is 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. The Center is launching a new initiative consisting of a twelve-year comprehensive Black Teacher Pipeline using a 4-4-4 model that recruits, retains and supports prospective teachers through high school, college, and the first four years of teaching. The Center plans to implement their BTP blueprint in 10 communities over the next 12 years. Additionally, they plan to develop and implement four nationally available toolkits in culturally relevant teaching, mentoring, recruitment, and retention of Black educators.