Teaching can be isolating for educators — and especially so for Black educators. Not only does it often feel like you’re on your own trying to figure out how to reach your students, but you also have to deal with a lack of resources and support, as well as racism from your colleagues and school district. And then there’s the reality that even the police are getting involved with banning Black books from K-12 classrooms. It’s no wonder then that a recent survey of Black educators found that nearly half say they plan to leave the profession

What can help stem the tide of Black teachers joining the Great Resignation — and what can we do to ensure the folks who choose to stay feel supported and empowered to advocate for themselves, their students, families, and communities? 

According to EduColor, an inclusive collective founded in 2014 by people of color, with people of color, and for people of color, connecting with educators who are going through similar situations and learning how to support each other and mobilize is the answer. 

“I believe someone who sees themselves as a Black teacher trying to do right by their community — and with a justice orientation — is really important for our children’s education.” 

JOSE VILSON

Indeed, EduColor supports and mobilizes advocates nationwide addressing educational equity, education, and justice. That’s why on July 21, 2022, the third annual EduColor Summit will provide a virtual space for education advocates, teachers, researchers, and community stakeholders to meet virtually to discuss community building, technology, and education policy,  as well as share knowledge about equity, pedagogy, and agency.  

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