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Celebrate our Stories
This February, we share classroom stories and insights from Black educators across the country. Then join us on February 26 for an educator-led Twitter chat—#BlackTeacherTalk.
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Celebrate our Stories
This February, we share classroom stories and insights from Black educators across the country. Then join us on February 26 for an educator-led Twitter chat—#BlackTeacherTalk.
Learn about the chatRead teacher stories
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"Teachers of color have a unique way of drawing from their own experiences to reach the younger generation, whether that be from having a similar upbringing to their students, or even similar struggles and triumphs." —Kai Manning

#blackteachertalk

Join us on Twitter on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET

Chat moderators from across our regions will post questions using the #blackteachertalk hashtag. We'll discuss and celebrate the unique contributions of Black teachers in our regions. 

Twitter chats (or Tweet chats) are public conversations organized around a specific topic on Twitter. These moderated discussions take place at a predetermined time, with a predetermined hashtag. They’re a great way to build community.

You can join a Twitter chat by following and using a specific hashtag. For the TEACH.org chat, moderators will post and respond to prompts—and you can post too. Just be sure to use the hashtag. 

  • What's a Twitter chat?
  • How can I participate?

Meet the Moderators

  • LaTashia Abrams

    LaTashia Abrams is the Title I Program Director in Aldine ISD. She has 19 years of experience in urban public schools.

  • Andréa Comer

    Andréa Comer is an Executive Director of Educators 4 Excellence-CT, and a proud mom of a magical teacher.

  • Turner Cooper

    Turner Cooper is a TeachPlus Texas Policy Fellow, a 1st grade teacher, and chairman of Education Pillar for the African American Leadership Institute.

  • Keena Day

    Keena Day is an educator, musician, writer and poet with more than 16 years in education and media.

  • Magan Harrell

    Magan Harrell inspires students to study and change the world, from ancient history to modern societal conflict.

  • Kai Manning

    Kai Manning loves her work as a music teacher—when she’s not in the classroom, she’s on a stage.

  • Terrence Smith

    Terrence Smith, M.Ed is a 4th grade reading and humanities teacher in Irving, TX—relentlessly aiming to make better happen.

All month long, we'll share stories from the classroom and the field using the hashtag #BlackTeacherTalk.  Learn from Robin ToyMelody BradleyKeena Day, Monica Hall,  Ryan Parker, Dr. Sheryl Smith and Magan Harrell.

Why We Honor Black Educators
When educators reflect the uniqueness and diversity of students, everyone wins. Keep scrolling to read and share stories from the classroom.
Are you teacher material?
Why We Honor Black Educators
When educators reflect the uniqueness and diversity of students, everyone wins. Keep scrolling to read and share stories from the classroom.
Are you teacher material?

When a career change becomes a mission

In the middle of a successful advertising career, Robin Toy began thinking about his legacy. Seeing the crucial need for Black male educators, he decided to “stop talking about it and be about.”

Read about why Robin became a teacher and his work with the Junior Gents.

When mentors are mirrors

Melody Bradley was inspired by the strong, beautiful, Black women educators in her life. Now, she's that mentor for her students.

Read how this Grand Prairie teacher has been inspired and inspiring. 

The crafting of an educator

Keena is an activist, educator, musician, writer and poet. Growing up in Detroit, she had the rare experience of having many Black teachers in school. That early experience shaped her to be the educator she is today, motivating her to push for the hiring more diverse teachers to represent students of color.

Read more about the teachers who inspired Keena.

The open door at a Dallas academy

For some students, having a teacher who has been through what they've been through makes all the difference. 

Monica Hall went from failing math exams to enlisting in the U.S. Army before she discovered a rewarding career as a science teacher. She channels her experiences through adversity to create open dialogue with her students.

Golden Noise in Education

Ryan Parker believes in bringing "golden noise" to the classroom. He understands that teaching looks, sounds and feels like establishing and maintaining justice for all.

Find out why Ryan's human connections and relationships have been what he calls "the ultimate magic of being a teacher."

From Mississippi to the Great Wall of China

Teaching and life are not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are worth it. Learn how Dr. Sheryl Smith pushed through the rough spots to become an associate professor, a world traveller, and Education Chair for the NAACP Denver Branch. 

Teaching global leadership

You probably took math, reading and science in school. But did you take a class on Societal Conflict? Did you learn about the ways in which prejudices, stereotypes, racism, religious hatred, ethnic hatred and discrimination can lead to global conflict and genocide? 

That's exactly what Magan Harrell's students are learning. Read about her class, and the work her students produce to exercise their voices as global citizens.

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