Teacher Quality and Retention Program

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Now more than ever, our K-12 students need highly qualified teachers who can help them overcome challenging school environments to achieve academic success. Research shows that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) graduate more minority teachers than any other training or certification program, so by working with aspiring and new teachers from our HBCU Member Schools, the Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP) is in a prime position to greatly impact minority teachers and therefore student achievement all across the nation.

Since 2009, TQRP has evolved into a TMCF signature program and currently boasts over 125 active Program Fellows and even more successful TQRP Alumni. The TQRP approach is unique in that it provides financial resources, training and mentoring to aspiring and new teachers from their pre-service years all the way through their critical first three years of teaching. TQRP allows Program Fellows the opportunity to collaborate with master teachers and TMCF Staff to 1) work toward becoming certified teachers, 2) successfully complete their first three years in the classroom, and 3) acquire the knowledge & skills necessary to become National Board Certified Teachers when eligible to apply.

For recruitment, TMCF focuses on HBCU males and STEM or STEM Education majors to address the shortage of National Board Certified Teachers who are African American males, as well as the shortage of qualified science and math teachers in high-need urban and rural schools.