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Four Regional and STEM Institutes Preparing 200 New Minority Teachers for Classrooms in
Rural and Urban School Districts

Washington, DC – July 15, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) launched its eastern regional Teacher Quality and Retention Summer Institute this week with an inaugural class of nearly 50 Fellows from colleges across the country. The pre-service and aspiring teachers are completing an intensive training curriculum at Howard University before pursuing teaching positions in the fall in underserved school districts around the country. States and territories represented here include Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The training program is the only national outreach effort designed to recruit, train and mentor 10,000 new minority teachers over the next five years from the 47 public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Of that number, 30 percent will be science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors; and 40 percent will be African American males.

The Washington, DC Training Institute is the third of four institutes TMCF is hosting through the end of July. The first two were held in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, June 7-12; and Winston Salem, NC, June 21-27. The final institute, which is a month-long and held in Santa Clara, CA, will end July 25. The regional institutes are led by national board-certified teachers, while science and math teachers from the nationally recognized UTeach program are heading the STEM institute in Santa Clara, CA.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that of the 30,000 new teachers called for by the Obama administration for high need schools, a large percentage will come from the diverse training grounds of HBCUs,” said Dwayne Ashley, President and CEO of TMCF. “These institutions are uniquely positioned to drive improvements in our public education system.”

After the inaugural fellows return to their communities, they will receive scholarships, continuing professional development through online training courses, and mentoring by seasoned educators. They are also required to participate in follow-up training sessions twice a year in October and March. Their progress in the classroom will be tracked by a national advisory board for the next five years as they continue their commitment to teach in high-need rural and urban schools.

Who: Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Gaines-Bryant, WTOP Radio – 103.5FM

Keynote Speaker:
Mary Dilworth, Vice President of Higher Education and Research
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

What: HBCU Teacher Quality & Retention Summer Institute
Closing Banquet & Certificate Presentation

When: Friday, July 17, 6- 8:00 p.m.

Where: Howard University – Blackburn Center 2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC  20059

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For additional information about the HBCU Teacher Quality & Retention Program, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, please visit the website at

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization.