Jackson State University is leading the way in recruiting more African American male teachers for Mississippi classrooms as home to the only Call Me MISTER program in the state. Launched in 2012 with a five-student cohort, the program is designed to provide a pipeline of African-American male teachers, mentors, and role models to Mississippi’s public schools and communities. Less than two percent of public school teachers in the U.S. are African-American men and approximately two percent of Mississippi’s public elementary school teachers are African-American men.
To ensure that the effort continues, the JSU, Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER program received $1.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to collaborate with the College of Education and Human Development to increase the number of African-American male teachers in Mississippi K-8 classrooms. Nearly 100 students are enrolled in the program in six additional states: Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia. Presently, JSU has 10 students enrolled in the program. Funds will be used for tuition, books, professional development and the summer leadership institute.
JSU Call Me MISTER member, Deon Holder, participated in an NPR interview as a part of the "Men in America" series on All Things Considered that aired on Monday, June 30, 2014. The segment focused on the Call Me MISTER program and how it is creating a pipeline of role models for young men across the country. MISTER Holder is a sophomore elementary education major. To listen to the interview click here.
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