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State policy leaders collaborate with HBCUs

Several southern states and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are partnering with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) to increase the number of underrepresented male teachers. SHEEO was recently awarded a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs (Project Pipeline Repair). The project will engage state policy leaders, educator preparation programs at HBCUs, and partner schools to achieve goals and objectives of the $1.5 million award.

The grant will fund the development and implementation of academic enrichment opportunities to prepare underrepresented male high school juniors and seniors for success in a postsecondary educator preparation program. Project Pipeline Repair aims to reduce students’ need for remedial education in higher education, which can delay graduation and further serve to diminish students’ aspirations to enter the honorable profession of teaching. The project also will expose participating male students to higher education expectations in authentic postsecondary environments while developing important knowledge and skills through direct instruct

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