We believe that change starts with people, not institutions.
Mission + Vision
We are a radical think tank organization on a mission to close the opportunity gap by equipping, mobilizing and empowering our Black Teachers Matter network to improve racial and cultural equity in schools.
We believe that every child deserves
an equitable education,
one that celebrates and appreciates
children, families and teachers for who they are,
and one that provides opportunities
for liberation, consciousness and self-love/awareness.
we envision a school system in which students of color are taught by teachers that look like, believe in, and empathize with them.
ABOVE ALL, EQUITABLE SCHOOLS ENVISIONS SCHOOLS THAT PROVIDE:
Learning | Opportunity | Education
Did you know?
Students of color are disproportionately affected by educational inequities as early as preschool.
are 3.6 times as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions as white preschool children.
represent 19 percent of preschool enrollment, but nearly half of children receiving out-of-school suspensions
are routinely taught by teachers with minimal experience, in schools that have less access to educational resources
are referred to law enforcement (27%) and subject to school-related arrests (31% of the referred population)
are far more likely to be held back a grade (retained) than their white peers
represent 19 percent of male preschool enrollment, but make up 45% of children suspended from preschool
are more likely to be referred for special education services
are twice as likely as their white peers to be held back in elementary school
are half as likely to graduate college
represent 20 percent of female preschool enrollment, but make up 54% of student suspensions
are routinely given much harsher punishments than their white, female peers
are more likely to be retained in school
are more likely to face sexual harassment in school than their peers
English Language Learners
are more likely to be taught by inexperienced teachers
are disciplined at higher rates than their white peers
are taught in schools with limited science and math offerings
are retained a grade at higher rates than their white peers
We believe that in order to dismantle inequitable systems and structures that perpetuate the opportunity gap, we must do so from WITHIN.
is an initiative that seeks to build a nationwide network of support for Black-identified educators in the profession who support one another and sustain each other in the work.
By curating a community built on empathy and support, we aim to equip and mobilize Black teachers to address systemic inequities from within, thereby creating more equitable schooling environments for students of color.