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Kynnedy Tuggle, Rhodes CollegeFollow

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5-13-2020

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In Shelby County Schools, African American male teachers are extremely underrepresented. This lack of Black male presence continues a cycle of criminalizing Black children which inhibits academic achievement. Typical narratives about academic performance that focus on student accountability, bad parents, and a lack of resources in schools obscure the impact of the significance of Black male educators. This research shows how Black male educators employ a unique set of strategies, such as culturally responsive teaching, that better prepares them to teach students how to manage home and school dynamics, connect with them racially and support learning in a way that affirms their understandings of academic content.

In-depth interviews with middle school Black male educators that have taught for 2-5 years and administrative staff in Memphis will address how Black male educators assist Blacks students’ racial identity development during school. The objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of what valuing Black children in Shelby County Schools looks like, change negative narratives about Black men, and provide a sense of hope for Black education.

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May 13th, 12:00 AM

Triple Threat: Being Black, A Male, and an Educator

In Shelby County Schools, African American male teachers are extremely underrepresented. This lack of Black male presence continues a cycle of criminalizing Black children which inhibits academic achievement. Typical narratives about academic performance that focus on student accountability, bad parents, and a lack of resources in schools obscure the impact of the significance of Black male educators. This research shows how Black male educators employ a unique set of strategies, such as culturally responsive teaching, that better prepares them to teach students how to manage home and school dynamics, connect with them racially and support learning in a way that affirms their understandings of academic content.

In-depth interviews with middle school Black male educators that have taught for 2-5 years and administrative staff in Memphis will address how Black male educators assist Blacks students’ racial identity development during school. The objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of what valuing Black children in Shelby County Schools looks like, change negative narratives about Black men, and provide a sense of hope for Black education.