Black Men of the Classroom

From The Schott Foundation

By Travis J. Bristol, Ph.D.

The challenges faced by Black male teachers in schools may serve as the canary in the coal mine that begins to explain the debilitating condition faced by Black boys in schools. Black males represent 1.9% of all public school teachers, yet have one of the highest rates of turnover. Attempts to increase the number of Black male teachers are based on research that suggests these new recruits can improve Black boys’ schooling outcomes. Below, I share findings from a study based on the school-based experiences of 27 Black male teachers in Boston Public Schools (BPS), approximately 10 percent of Black male teachers in the district. This study – one of the largest studies conducted exclusively on Black male teachers – has implications for policymakers and school administrators looking to recruit and retain Black male teachers.