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

Winston-Salem, NC – June 24, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) launched its southeast regional Teacher Quality and Retention Summer Institute this week with an inaugural class of 40 Fellows from colleges across the country. The pre-service and aspiring teachers are completing an intensive training curriculum at Winston-Salem State University before pursuing teaching positions in the fall in underserved school districts around the country. States represented here include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and West Virginia.    

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 Winston-Salem training Institute is the second of four that TMCF is hosting through the end of July. The remaining institutes, which will also be led by national board-certified teachers and STEM teachers from the nationally recognized UTeach program, are in Washington, DC; and Santa Clara, CA. The first institute was held in Pine Bluff, Arkansas June 7-12.

“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 200 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 March and October. 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 public secondary schools.

Who:         Thurgood Marshall College Fund
        Mistress of Ceremonies: Renee Vaughn, 97.1-FM - WQMG Radio

What:     Teacher Quality & Retention Summer Institute
This 5-day intensive institute provides a platform to drive improvements in our public education system by training, rewarding and retaining well-qualified minority teachers.

When:        Closing Banquet & Certificate Presentation
Friday, June 26, 6- 8:00 p.m.

Where:     Winston-Salem State University, Anderson Cente

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 15,000 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.