Episode 21: Live From the Black Male Educators Convening (Part I feat. Dr. William Hite)

This is the first of two episodes from the Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) in Philadelphia. In this episode, we talk to Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite about why it's so important to have black male educators in our schools, why there are not many of them, and what we can do to get more. We also chat with  Darlene Cobb, mother of BMEC founder Vincent Cobb II who we interviewed at last year's BMEC. We hear her perspective on her son's journey from childhood to becoming an educator and advocate. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/21_-_Education_Post_-_BMEC_part_I.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="“Black children who experience a teacher of color actually do better: they attend more regularly, the are more likely to graduate on time, they are more likely not to need the supports that are associated with children who identify with special needs or read behind grade level. So if that is the case, then why would we not be talking about this openly, in terms of the need for more black educators.” – Dr. William Hite"]

Episode Details:

  • Darlene Cobb, Vincent's mom, on getting her son to and through college, despite the odds
  • The Fellowship's origin story
  • Why there are so few Black male educators
  • How you can encourage your community to hire more Black male educators
  • Dr. Hite's favorite Philly restaurants

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