– Frederick Douglass


We fight tirelessly for the rights of Black students and teachers by rebuilding the national Black teacher pipeline.

We seek partners who can advocate along with us to shape policies advancing racial justice and educational equity.





Launched in February 2021 by The Hunt Institute and The New Teacher Project, the One Million Teachers of Color campaign aims to add one million teachers of color and thirty thousand leaders of color to the education workforce over the next decade.

The Center is one of eight nonprofit organizations supporting the campaign’s goal of introducing one million new teachers of color and thirty-thousand school leaders of color by 2030.

Join us as we hold our education and public systems accountable to support, recruit, retain and develop teachers and leaders of color in advancing racial justice and educational equity.



The Center forms partnerships to advocate for systemic change promoting teacher diversity and cultural pedagogy at all government levels. We welcome opportunities to further combined efforts advocating for educational justice.


1 Million Teachers of Color National Campaign

The Center sits on the steering committee for this 1 million teacher of color national campaign that has a goal of adding one million teachers of color and thirty-thousand leaders of color to the education workforce over the next decade. 

Building a Movement: Creating & Sustaining Diverse Teacher Workforces Convening

A partnership of the Center, EdTrust, TeachPlus, WeARE NC, Californians for Justice and Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, the convening brought together respective education state leaders and classroom teachers from seven states (Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina) to Philadelphia on July 27-29 to advance policy levers for teacher diversity. Attendee evaluation all positive and promising.

Debt-Free College Act of 2023

The Center has endorsed this federal-state partnership bill introduced by Senator Schatz in the 115th Congress to help reduce the financial burden for college graduates.

National Black Teacher Pipeline Coalition

The Center spearheaded this coalition to support the development and sustainability of Black teacher pipelines across the country. To learn more, please contact Mimi Woldeyohannes.

Open Letters to U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona

The Center partnered with the 1 Million Teachers of Color campaign and brightbeam to call on the Biden-Harris administration to dedicate resources to closing the teacher diversity gap. Add your name to the 1 Million Teachers of Color campaign letter and to the brightbteam campaign letter now.

Pay Teachers Act & the American Teachers Act

The Center has endorsed both of these pieces of legislation that aim to diversify the teacher workforce, expand the teacher pipeline, and sustain higher teacher salaries.

Prioritize Teacher Diversity 

Building a diverse teacher pipeline must be part of the plan to build back our schools from the pandemic. Tell the Biden administration to prioritize teacher diversity

Strengthening Educator Workforce Data Act

The Center has supported this bi-partisan legislation introduced by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Matthew Cartwright (D-PA-08) and Zach Nunn (R-IA-03). This bill would establish a permanent, national mechanism to collect teacher and principal data at the school district-level to assist in recruitment and retention of educators.


Shapiro-Davis Transition Advisory Committee on Education and Workforce Development

The Center’s CEO, Sharif El-Mekki, served on this gubernatorial committee.

Pennsylvania State Board of Education Code Chapter 49

The Center partnered with Pennsylvania Educator Diversity Consortium to develop Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) competencies, which will be required for all education prep programs starting in 2024.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 99

The Center served on an education talent recruitment committee to craft a bill sponsored by Senator Vincent Hughes to revise the PA School Code, including measures to: develop career and technical education (CTE) programs; direct appointment of State Department’s Chief Talent Officer; instruct the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee on collecting and publishing education workforce demographics; and establish a grant program for Institutes of Higher Education to support dual enrollment programs.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 300

The Center submitted a letter of support for PA SB 300, an act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, providing for public job posting database, for instructional vacancy data and for data transparency; and establishing the Educator Pipeline Support Grant Program.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 801 and House Bill 998

The Center submitted a letter of support for Pa SB 801 and HB 998. Early literacy is critically important in shaping a child’s educational journey, and reading proficiently by third grade lays the foundation for future learning, academic achievement, and success later in life. But today, too many students in Pennsylvania are unable to read proficiently, threatening their futures and our commonwealth’s economy, workforce, and collective well-being. SB 801 and HB 998, the Literacy Achievement for All Pennsylvanians bills, would change that by ensuring that every child has access to high-quality literacy teaching and instructional materials.

Pennsylvania Education Diversity Consortium (PEDC)

The Center is playing a leadership role in co-developing cultural competence toolkits for educators as a part of advancing systemic policy changes that support Black educator recruitment and retention, including the Center-authored toolkit RESPECTING EDUCATOR ACTIVISTS OF COLOR: The Anti-Racist Guide to Teacher Retention.

Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Educator Workforce Committee

The Center supports the development of plans to: build a statewide workforce representative of students served; operate a streamlined certification process; and ensure high-quality preparation, professional growth and leadership development opportunities.



Philadelphia Councilman Isaiah Thomas Resolution Designating October as Black Male Educators Month

Announcement honors the Center’s Black Men in Education Convening for its impact on the recruitment, development, support and retention of Black Male Educators in our city’s schools.

Accelerate Philly: The School District of Philadelphia’s Strategic Plan

The Center was named as a partner of Accelerate Philly, the School District of Philadelphia’s strategic plan. This strategic plan prioritizes student and staff safety, establishes deep partnerships with the community, and focuses the district’s resources on proven, research-based strategies to improve student achievement.

[CBED] Policy & Advocacy Quote Image copy 2

Working with the Center, we recently enacted PA Senate Bill 99. This important, bipartisan legislation will address problems surrounding teacher recruitment and diversity.

Dr. Miguel Cardona
U.S. Secretary of Education (2021-present)
Dr. Miguel Cardona
U.S. Secretary of Education (2021-present)

A diverse teacher workforce is important for every student but is most impactful for students of color. That is why our 2023 budget has a portion of funds focusing on recruiting and supporting a more diverse teacher workforce.

Dr. Khalid N. Mumin
PA Secretary of Education
Dr. Khalid N. Mumin
PA Secretary of Education

CTE plays a valuable role in our educational system and gives students the opportunity to explore potential career paths. This combination of hands-on learning and rigorous academic courses—which for years has helped students confidently and successfully enter the workforce—can now be applied in new and innovative ways to create our Commonwealth’s future educators.

Dr. John B. King
Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2016-2017)
Dr. John B. King
Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2016-2017)

I encourage school and district leaders to work with their teachers and other staff members to develop a vision for how to make their campuses more inclusive by adopting proactive hiring processes, providing professional support, using a multicultural curriculum and offering cultural competence workshops for everyone.

Isaiah Thomas
Council member At Large, City of Philadelphia
Isaiah Thomas
Council member At Large, City of Philadelphia

By working to recruit, develop and retain Black male educators, because we know that representation is meaningful for our students, and by bringing current and hopeful educators together around this shared vision, we can share best practices and deliver for our students in a meaningful way.

Arne Duncan
Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2009-2015)
Arne Duncan
Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2009-2015)

We want to have world class teachers in every classroom, but it’s also important that those teachers reflect the diversity of our nation. You can go to far too many elementary schools around the nation and still not see a teacher of color.

Pedro Rivera
Former PA Secretary of Education (2015-2020)
Pedro Rivera
Former PA Secretary of Education (2015-2020)

Aspiring to Educate will help Pennsylvania attract, recruit, train, and retain a new generation of teachers and school leaders. It will not only help address the shortage of educators and the lack of diversity in the teacher pipeline but will also provide a career pathway for students into the teaching profession.

Tom Wolf
Former PA Governor
Tom Wolf
Former PA Governor

$2.1 million in grants to 11 universities will support innovative teacher and school leader preparation programs designed to expand, diversify, and strengthen the commonwealth’s educator workforce. These grants will allow our universities to provide advanced training to better prepare educators to serve in our most high-need areas.

Dr. Noe Ortega
Former PA Secretary of Education (2020-2022)
Dr. Noe Ortega
Former PA Secretary of Education (2020-2022)

The commonwealth is facing significant challenges with providing high-quality educators to teach our children. Programs like the Innovative Teacher and Principal Residency grant program will provide year-long clinical experience, intensive supports, and ultimately improve educators’ pre-service experience, induction, and future professional learning.

Pipieline Podcast



Find out how thought leaders and educator-activists are raising awareness of Black-teacher shortages and inspiring Black high school and college-aged individuals to answer the call to become the teacher they wished they had.

Interested in being a guest? 



SEPTEMBER 2021-2023
16,422,481 impressions
$149,983 social value



  • GEN-X 33%
  • GENZ 12%