Shelton, Stillman team up for teacher diversity effort

Stillman Shelton Agreement

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

Two local colleges are banding together in the hopes of getting more teachers who can serve as role models inside Alabama’s schools. Specifically, more Black male teachers.

Shelton State Community College and Stillman Collegesigned a transfer agreement Sept. 28 designed to address the state’s teacher shortage and increase the presence of male and minority teachers across the state.

“There is a need for Black male presence throughout the community, throughout the professional world,” said Stillman Dean of Education James Gray Jr.

Why does that matter? Well, ensuring minority students can pursue a career in education leads to classroom environments where children see and interact with role models they identify with.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015 Black teachers make up about 7% of the teacher population in public schools. White teachers make up 80%, Hispanic teachers make up about 9%, Asian teachers make up about 2% and other minorities make up the remaining 2%.

Men make up 24% of the teaching workforce, another NCES study said.

According to the Washington Post, Black men are even less represented, making up just 2% of the teacher population.

African Americans who chose a career in education often say they had few role models who looked like them growing up, but the ones they did have made the biggest impact.

“I only had two Black male teachers outside of coaches band directors,” said Stillman Dean for Enrollment Management Demarcus Hopson. “Looking back on that, without their influence during those strategic times in my life, I probably wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today.”  

The agreement allows students to transfer from Shelton State to Stillman College and provides Shelton students consistent academic advising and support from Stillman faculty and staff.

Shelton State students interested in participating must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and must complete a Stillman College admissions application.

Application fees will be waived for students who choose to participate in the Shelton to Stillman transfer agreement.

You can learn more about the partnership right here.

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