PLATINUM2023

Educate Me Foundation Inc

Creating Educational Equity

Indianapolis, IN   |  www.educatemefoundation.org

Mission

DIVERSIFYING THE TEACHING POPULATION IN URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS BY RECRUITING, DEVELOPING, RETAINING, AND EMPOWERING ASPIRING AND CURRENT EDUCATORS OF COLOR.

Notes from the nonprofit

To learn more about our Black Teacher Residency program, please visit www.blackteacherresidency.com

Ruling year info

2023

CEO

Blake A Nathan

Main address

9165 Otis Avenue Suite 109

Indianapolis, IN 46216 USA

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EIN

47-4303266

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Educate ME Foundation addresses the lack of diversity in the U.S. teacher workforce, focusing on the underrepresentation of Black educators. The issues it targets include: Recruitment: Black educators are not proportionately represented in the teacher workforce, which can impact students' self-perception and career aspirations. Development: Systemic biases can create obstacles for Black teachers' professional growth, limiting their career advancement and potential role model impact. Retention: Due to factors like poor work conditions, inadequate support, lower pay, and systemic racism, Black teacher retention rates are low, perpetuating underrepresentation. Through targeted initiatives, the foundation aims to create a more diverse teaching workforce, fostering a more inclusive educational environment benefiting all students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Black Teacher Residency

The Black Teacher Residency is a two-year program for aspiring Black educators that accelerates teacher certification and graduate degree attainment.

Black Teacher Residency in partnership with Marian University’s Klipsch Educators College is that applicant. Upon acceptance to MU and the BTR program, candidates will interview with district or campus leaders to identify ideal placement and Mentor Teacher matching.
The first cohort launches in July of 2023 with the Educate ME Foundation Summer Institute in Indianapolis, IN. This 5-day in-person professional development conference.

The BTR year one experience will include a rigorous apprenticeship designed to accelerate new teacher development by modeling and gradually releasing classroom responsibilities from the Mentor Teacher to the Resident. Year one will also consist of Marian University graduate coursework, state licensing test prep, and exam(s).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Students

The Black Teacher Fund, an initiative by Educate ME, aims to empower and support black educators through financial resources. It focuses on eliminating entry barriers for aspiring educators and providing comprehensive retention support for current educators nationwide. The fund offers free test preparation and Praxis test vouchers to help aspiring teachers overcome financial obstacles. It also addresses the mental health needs of black educators by providing vouchers for therapy sessions. Additionally, the fund assists first-time home buyers among black educators by offering housing support, including assistance with closing costs and down payments. Furthermore, the initiative supports teachers by providing classroom grants to enhance the learning experiences of their students. The Black Teacher Fund is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the education sector, ensuring that black educators receive the resources they need to thrive.

Population(s) Served

Teacherville is a housing initiative designed to support first-time homebuyers who are black educators in realizing their dreams of homeownership. With the aim of addressing the unique challenges faced by this group, Teacherville provides vital assistance in the form of down payment assistance or closing cost coverage for their first homes. By removing the financial barriers that often hinder home ownership, this initiative seeks to empower black educators and help them establish stability and security for themselves and their families. Teacherville recognizes the importance of homeownership as a foundation for personal and professional growth, and through this initiative, it strives to create opportunities and promote equity in the housing market.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers who receive quarterly training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Educate ME aims to achieve greater diversity within the national teacher workforce by focusing on the recruitment, development, and retention of black educators. The organization's primary strategy is implemented through its Black Teacher Residency program, a teacher pathway initiative. This program enables teacher candidates to receive mentorship and training from experienced teachers for a year, leading to their full licensure and subsequent transition to become lead teachers.

In addition to the residency program, Educate ME provides comprehensive support through its Black Teacher Fund, which aims to eliminate entry barriers and enhance retention for black educators. The fund offers various resources and services, including free test preparation and Praxis test vouchers to assist with licensing requirements. Mental health vouchers are provided to ensure black educators have access to mental health therapists, recognizing the importance of their well-being. Educate ME also supports black educators who are first-time homebuyers by offering housing support, such as assistance with closing costs and down payments. Additionally, the organization provides classroom grants to teachers to enhance their instructional environments.

By combining direct programming support through the Black Teacher Residency program and wrap-around services offered by the Black Teacher Fund, Educate ME strives to create a more diverse and inclusive teacher workforce. Through these initiatives, the organization seeks to address systemic barriers, increase representation, and support the success and retention of black educators in the field of education.

Educate ME employs various strategies to work towards schools providing quality education, decent work and upward mobility, reducing inequities, and eradicating poverty. The organization's key initiatives, the Black Teacher Residency program, and the Black Teacher Fund are complemented by a partnership-based approach to achieve its goals.

Black Teacher Residency Program:
The teacher residency program serves as a teacher pathway program, enabling aspiring educators to learn under the guidance of mentor teachers for a year. This hands-on experience provides practical training, professional development, and exposure to effective teaching practices. Graduates of the program become fully licensed teachers equipped with the necessary skills to provide quality education to their students. The opportunity for program participants to become lead teachers the following year fosters upward mobility within the teaching profession.

Black Teacher Fund:
The Black Teacher Fund offers wrap-around services to support black educators, eliminating entry barriers and promoting retention in the profession.To remove financial obstacles, the fund supports teachers with free test preparation resources and Praxis test vouchers. This ensures that aspiring educators have the necessary resources to obtain their teaching licenses.

-The fund recognizes the importance of mental health and provides vouchers for black educators to access therapy services. This support promotes their well-being and job satisfaction, enhancing their ability to provide quality education.
- Educate ME acknowledges the challenges faced by black educators as first-time homebuyers. Through the Black Teacher Fund, the organization assists with housing support, including closing cost and down payment assistance. This promotes financial stability and upward mobility for educators.

Utilizing Partnerships:
Educate ME recognizes the power of partnerships and collaborates with schools, educational institutions, community organizations, and stakeholders.
Partnerships allow for the sharing of expertise, resources, and best practices. By leveraging collective knowledge, the organization can develop innovative approaches to address systemic inequities and promote quality education.
Collaborative efforts with partners help extend the reach and impact of Educate ME's programs and initiatives, amplifying their effectiveness.

By implementing the Black Teacher Residency program and the Black Teacher Fund, and fostering partnerships, Educate ME strives to create lasting change within the education system. Through these strategies, the organization aims to provide quality education, support career advancement, and upward mobility, reduce inequities, and contribute to poverty alleviation in pursuit of a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape.


Educate ME possesses strong capabilities to meet its goals of diversifying the teacher workforce through its Black Teacher Residency program and the Black Teacher Fund.

Black Teacher Residency Program:
- Educate ME's teacher residency program offers a structured pathway for aspiring teachers. Candidates gain valuable experience by working alongside mentor teachers for a year, leading to their full licensure and eventual progression to become lead teachers.
- This program equips participants with practical skills, pedagogical knowledge, and mentorship, ensuring they are prepared to provide high-quality education and contribute to a diverse teacher workforce.

Black Teacher Fund:
The Black Teacher Fund demonstrates Educate ME's commitment to removing entry barriers and supporting the retention of black educators.
- By providing free test preparation resources and Praxis test vouchers, the fund assists aspiring teachers in overcoming financial obstacles to obtain their teaching licenses.
- Mental health vouchers offered by the fund emphasize the importance of supporting the well-being of black educators, providing access to therapy services to address their mental health needs.
- Educate ME's assistance to first-time home buyers among black educators, through housing support such as closing cost and down payment assistance, promotes stability and upward mobility.
- Classroom grants provided by the fund empower teachers to enhance their instructional environments, fostering effective teaching practices and positively impacting student outcomes.

Addressing Teacher Shortage:
Educate ME's commitment to increasing the number of 1 million new black teachers by 2030 demonstrates its dedication to combatting the teacher shortage and creating a more diverse workforce.
Through its comprehensive support and resources, including the residency program and the Black Teacher Fund, Educate ME aims to attract, develop, and retain more black educators, contributing to the overall goal of addressing the shortage.

Overall, Educate ME's capabilities in the form of the Black Teacher Residency program and the Black Teacher Fund align with its mission to diversify the teacher workforce. By providing aspiring and current educators with mentorship, financial support, mental health resources, housing assistance, and classroom grants, Educate ME strives to overcome barriers, promote equity, and support the success and retention of black teachers.

Educate ME has made significant progress in its efforts to recruit, develop, and retain more black educators.

Recruitment:
Since 2014, the organization has supported over 750 teachers in finding new employment opportunities in the educational field. By assisting teachers in securing positions, Educate ME actively contributes to increasing the representation of black educators in schools.

Development:
Educate ME has played a crucial role in exposing over 540 high school students to post-secondary education. By providing these students with opportunities to explore and pursue higher education, the organization builds a future talent pipeline for the teaching profession.

Retention:
The organization has provided licensure support to over 50 teachers, aiding them in obtaining their teacher certifications. By offering this assistance, Educate ME supports the professional growth and development of black educators, fostering their retention in the field.

Overall, Educate ME's progress is evident through its substantial impact in helping teachers secure employment, exposing students to higher education, and supporting teachers in obtaining licensure. These efforts contribute to the recruitment, development, and retention of black educators, ultimately working towards a more diverse and inclusive teacher workforce.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Educate Me Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Blake Nathan

The Educate ME Foundation, INC.

Term: 2014 -

Javaris Carrion

Phalen Leadership Academies

Jeremy Williams

Transcend Education

Justine Gonzalez

EducatorAid

Dacari Middlebrooks

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Kyle King

The Writers Game

Aaron McGee

Tennessee State University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/31/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.