Richland School District Two hosted its PREMIER 100 Kickoff Summit on November 13, 2019, in Columbia, SC. The summit served as the answer to the call of strategically recruiting and retaining minority male teachers. It is no secret that right now, less than 2 percent of teachers nationwide are minority males, all while the percentage of students of color continues to rise across the country. There is staggering data addressing the immediate need for minority males serving in the classrooms as teachers, mentors and role models. While Richland Two is above the national average at 6 percent of minority male educators in the district, we acknowledge that there is much work to be done to not only recruit but to develop and retain these important class of educators.
We hosted students and faculty from South Carolina's local colleges and universities, community leaders, paraprofessionals and current male educators of color who not only support our 'Male Teachers of Color Shaping the World' initiative but who also came together to uplift and intensify the conversation necessary to make our effort a community call to action.
Join us as we continue to answer the call to support minority male teachers who serve as both a mirror and window to the possibilities of who our ever-growing diverse student body can be. It's time to get in the game!
Who: Future & current male educators
What: The PREMIER 100 Conference
When: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 28, 2020
Where: R2I2 Conference Center
Why: Richland Two is dedicated to strategically recruiting and retaining minority male teachers to serve in the classrooms as teachers, mentors and role models.
The keynote speakers are : Sharif el-Mekki and Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis.
Sharif el-Mekki is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development. The Center is developing a nationally relevant model to measurably increase teacher diversity and support Black educators through four pillars: Professional learning, Pipeline, Policies, and Pedagogy. Prior to founding the Center, El-Mekki served as a nationally recognized principal and U.S. Department of Education Principal Ambassador Fellow. El-Mekki’s school, Mastery Charter Shoemaker, was recognized by President Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and was awarded the prestigious EPIC award for three consecutive years as being amongst the top three schools in the country for accelerating students’ achievement levels.
Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis has been an educator for more than 20 years and is the first African American to hold this position in the district’s 90 plus years history. During his educational career, Dr. Davis has served as a successful school leader in rural, urban and suburban school systems where his schools were recognized for closing the achievement gap, increasing graduation rates and increasing Advanced Placement participation rates. While principal of Spring Valley, the school was recognized by the Washington Post as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools and by Newsweek as one of America’s Top High Schools.