THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND LAUNCHES TRAINING INSTITUTES TO SUPPLY 10,000 TEACHERS TO URBAN AND RURAL SECONDARY SCHOOLSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Lesia R. Bullock – 202-715-3203
THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND LAUNCHES TRAINING INSTITUTES
TO SUPPLY 10,000 TEACHERS TO URBAN AND RURAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Applications for HBCU Teacher Quality and Retention Program’s
Paid Summer Institutes Will Close March 30
New Orleans, LA – March 18, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) this week,
launched its national HBCU Teacher Quality & Retention Program during its 10th Annual Member
Universities Professional Institute & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The innovative new outreach program will recruit, prepare and retain 10,000 new and aspiring teachers
from the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to teach in urban and rural
secondary schools. Many of the presidents and chancellors were in attendance during the announcement.
Dwayne Ashley, President and CEO of TMCF, said the HBCU Teacher Quality and Retention Program
answers the Obama Administration's challenge for meaningful innovation and reform in education.
“HBCUs are investing in our future leaders so they have the tools to innovate and succeed, especially in
the priority fields of science and math,” Ashley told the more than 400 attendees during Day 2 of the
“Many of these public HBCUs were started more than 100 years ago as teachers’ colleges. Although they
now offer a full range of academic disciplines, our schools are continuing a proud tradition of producing
African American and minority teachers. This is both a challenging and exciting time for the education
community, and HBCUs must play an active and innovative part in it.”
The audience at the New Orleans Marriott French Quarter also included 200 student scholars, many of
whom are majoring in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines that
the recruiting effort is focusing on.
Components of the HBCU Teacher Quality and Retention Program
The TQRP has two broad components:
Training and supporting 10,000 aspiring and new teachers, and
Recruiting STEM majors, particularly African-American males, for public school classrooms in
both urban and rural areas that desperately need qualified teachers.
The training program has three major elements:
Recruit Teachers by providing scholarships, guidance and career development while in college;
Prepare Teachers by sponsoring intensive regional Summer Institutes for the Pre-Service Teacher
and STEM Pre-Service Teacher, providing monthly stipends; and
Retain Teachers through early-career mentoring, online support, and professional development.
Member Universities Professional Institute & Exhibition
TMCF Launches Teacher Quality & Retention Program
Regional Summer Institutes, taught by practitioners and national experts, will offer:
Four locations: Washington, D.C.; Winston Salem, North Carolina; Pine Bluff, Arkansas;
and San Jose, California.
Four-week training for junior and senior STEM majors
One-week training for pre-service teachers (graduating education majors)
Intensive training in teaching theories, classroom management, curriculum design, use of
technology in the classrooms, and becoming effective role models and change agents for
The deadline to submit applications to attend is March 30, 2009, and applications are available online.
The ultimate goal of the HBCU Teacher Quality and Retention Program is to serve 10,000 aspiring and
new teachers within its first five years, of which 30 percent will be STEM majors, and 40 percent will be
African American males. The advisory committee co-chairs for the program are Dr. Cynthia Jackson-
Hammond from Winston-Salem State University, and Dr. Calvin Johnson from the University of
Member Universities Professional Institute & Exhibition
The Member Universities Professional Institute & Exhibition is an annual 3-day intensive, skill-building
and networking conference that provides a platform for best practices in education technology,
fundraising, and marketing. Corporate and federal government partners share trends in higher education
research and diversity recruitment that help develop innovative partnerships and enhance the learning
environments at the public HBCUs.
The 2009 presenting sponsors were: United States Department of Energy, Altria, Wachovia, United States
Small Business Administration, MillerCoors, Bacardi USA, National Aeronautics & Space
Administration, United States Department of Defense, Charmer Sunbelt/Brown Foreman, and AT&T.
For additional information about the Teacher Quality & Retention Program, or to get an application for
the Summer Training Institutes, please visit www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.
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) located in 22
states with a population of well over 235,000 students. 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. Over the last
21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $91 million in scholarships and programmatic and capacity support,
enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public HBCU. 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.