Teacher Quality and Retention Program - Program Facts

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  • Less than 2% of Public School Teachers are African American Males
    • TQRP provides a forum for aspiring African American male educators to learn from, support and share experiences with peers and experienced faculty. 
  • Nationwide, only 44% of middle school STEM teachers have STEM degrees 
    • TQRP recruits STEM majors and provides training and support to increase minority STEM teachers in high-need schools. 
  • 40-50% of teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years, 20% after the first year alone 
    • TQRP offers professional development & support for TMCF member-school students and alumni, beginning with their pre-service training and continuing until their third year in the field. 
  • Relevant TQRP Stats: 
    • TQRP Fellows – Average GPA 3.32 o 51% of the 2013-2014 TQRP cohort are African American Males 
    • 46% of the 2013-2014 TQRP cohort are STEM 
    • There are over 30 new teachers among active Fellows, with more graduating and entering the classroom every semester. These highly trained new teachers… 
      • Taught over 1,700 elementary, middle and high school students during the 2013-2014 school year. 
      • Hold titles such as Grade Level Lead Teacher, Teacher of the Year, Content Area Lead Teacher, Department Chairperson, etc. 
      • Pursue graduate and doctoral degrees while teaching. 
    • 89% of active TQRP Fellows who are new teachers intend to remain in the profession.