NNSTOY Outstanding Black Male Educators Fellowship

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About the Fellowship

The purpose of the Outstanding Black Male Fellowship is to provide a forum for excellent Black Male educators to meet and discuss issues relevant to our lives in the educational field. This network's purpose is for brotherhood and connection and to begin a dialogue around our challenges and triumphs. The ultimate aim for this fellowship is to model what a recruiting and retention effort could look like for African American males in the educational system.

Monthly Focus Topics

  • Perception versus Reality: Managing your brand as a Black Male Educator in the historically non-diverse United States school system.
  • Overcoming Stereotypes: Managing common stereotypes that attach themselves to Black Male educators in various levels of the school system.
  • Professional Excellence: What are the hallmarks of professionalism in practice and behavior within a schoolhouse, school system and larger community?
  • Honing Your Craft: Ways to deepen your content and pedagogical knowledge throughout your professional career.
  • Taking Care of Yourself: Ways to not lose yourself in the pursuit of passionate teaching. How can we as teachers continue to (as the late Steven Covey said) 'sharpen the saw?'
  • Lessons from the Bottom: What happens when your career takes a wrong turn or careens out of control? How can you get back on track?
  • Raising Great Students: What are our responsibilities as educators to attending to the social-emotional and psychological realities of the students we teach?
  • My Brother's Keeper: What are our responsibilities as educators to mentoring younger Black male teachers (pre-service or early years)? How can we bring along more Black Male Educators into the pipeline, so that our schools see more representation?
  • Life-long Learning: How do we stay abreast of the currents in education as well as the realities that may impact the students we serve?
  • Speaking Your Truth: Ways to engage the educational community and larger society with the thoughts and ideas that move your heart and soul.
  • On Being a Black Male Educator: At the conclusion of our fellowship, let's discuss what it means to be a Black male educator in the 21st century. We will have a group discussion about the definitive role and potential of the Black Male Educator in school and society.


Perception versus Reality - Seminar One Presentation Deck

Through Our Eyes -- Perspectives and Reflections from Black Teachers (The Education Trust)


Program Leaders

Josh Parker

NNSTOY Facilitator of the Outstanding Black Male Educators Fellowship

Josh Parker is the 2012 Maryland State Teacher of the Year and a member of Board of Directors for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. He currently serves as an instructional coach for the District of Columbia Pubic Schools. Members from his Outstanding Black Male Educators Fellowship presented at NNSTOY's national teacher leadership conference July 14-19 in Washington, D.C. Read his bio. Contact Josh.


Joe Fatheree 

NNSTOY Director of Strategic Project and Fellowships Coordinator

Joseph Fatheree is the 2007 Illinois State Teacher of the Year, a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and a 2016 Finalist for the Global Teacher of the Year. He currently teaches at Effingham High School in Effingham Illinois. Read his bio. Contact Joe.




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