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Center for Black Educator Development Launches $3.1M Initiative to Uplift the Next Generation of Black Teachers

Our support for today’s generation of Black students is crucial to bridging the gap between educational achievement and equal opportunity. In order to do so, we must also uplift our Black teachers who are integral in making that happen. In an effort to support this cause, the Center for Black Educator Development has announced a new nationwide educational justice campaign to drastically increase the number of Black teachers entering the education field. With $3.1 million in new funding, the Center will launch the Black Teacher Pipeline (BTP) and the Black Educators of Excellence Fellowship — a program in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) — to help recruit and financially support the next generation of Black educators across America. Funding for these initiatives was provided by the Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Spring Point Partners, Alice Walton through the Walton Family Foundation and...

Njera Perkins

Feb 25, 2021

Wonderschool Just Raised $20M To Help Educators Launch In-Home Preschools

Between the anxieties that come with finding the perfect place for childcare and the struggles that come with affording it, Wonderschool saw a problem that needed solving. Wonderschool is a resource for people trying to start preschools or offer childcare from their homes. The startup helps educators with marketing, website launches, and even the more complicated things like licensing. There are also bootcamp and mentorship services that customers can sign up for. The network of boutique in-home early childhood programs just recently closed a $20M Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz which, according to Tech Crunch , puts the company at $24.1 million in total funding just two years after launching. It’s no secret that preschool and daycare workers make low wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pre-school teachers made $28,990 in May 2017, while kindergarten teachers made $54,230 and elementary school teachers made $57,160. Cofounders Chris Bennett and Arrel Gray...

Christine Cauthen

Aug 16, 2018