Conference Leads Black Males to the Classroom

Men talking at day 2 of the conference.
by Monica Daye – 1,000 Lift and Lead Conference a two-day conference for Black male and Latino educators, is part of the initiative to recruit, support and retain 1,000 diverse male teachers by 2025. Teachers were onsite at TIAA Bank Field and Jessie Ball DuPont Building with up to 150 current and potential diverse male teachers from Duval and surrounding areas attending the conference.
“This is the inauguration of a regional brotherhood connection,” said facilitator and teacher Vincent Taylor.
The goal for attendees was to elevate and equip Black and Latino male educators with the tools necessary to strengthen the educational pipeline from instructional best practices to career mobility. It was created in response to the voices that have expressed a need for community, support and opportunities to demonstrate leadership and expertise in the field of education.
“When a barricade blocks our path, we can only rise by lifting each other,” said Vincent.
Teacher Vincent Taylor leading one of the sessions
Featured keynotes were Dr. James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial Equity in Education (Saturday) and Dr. Edwin Mayorga, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College (Friday).
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