THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND LAUNCHES HBCU TEACHER QUALITY & RETENTION SUMMER INSTITUTE IN PINE BLUFF
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THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND LAUNCHES HBCU TEACHER QUALITY &
RETENTION SUMMER INSTITUTE IN PINE BLUFF
Regional Institute Preparing 60 New Minority Teachers for Classrooms in
Rural and Urban School Districts
Pine Bluff, AR – June 9, 2009 - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) launched its Teacher
Quality and Retention Program here this week with an inaugural class of 60 fellows from colleges across
the country. The pre-service and aspiring teachers are completing an intensive training curriculum at the
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff before pursuing teaching positions in the fall in underserved school
districts around the country. States represented here this week include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi,
Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
The Program is the first national outreach effort designed to identify, train and mentor 10,000 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.
“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.”
The Pine Bluff training institute is the first of four institutes that TMCF will host through the end of July.
The others, which are also led by national board certified teachers, will be in Winston Salem, NC;
Washington, DC; and Santa Clara, CA. 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. Their progress 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
60 Pre-service and aspiring teachers
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 12, 6- 8:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr., Chancellor, UAPB
Sen. Henry “Hank” Williams IV, Arkansas State Senate
Where: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
L.A. Davis Student Union, 1200 N. University Dive
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.