Black Men Teach Twin Cities

Our mission is to recruit, prepare, place and retain Black male educators in Twin Cities elementary schools.

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06/19/2024

Thank you, Ms. Opal
“Grandmother of Juneteenth," for your significant impact, commitment, and dedication to helping get
Juneteenth recognized as a federal holiday.

Today is a day of recognition, restoration, and celebration, honoring the emancipation of ensalved African Americans

HAPPY JUNETEENTH🤎✊🏾

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Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 06/07/2024

Please join us in congratulating our BMT fellows on an amazing year of success. This year, we hosted our inaugural "Brick by Brick" awards, highlighting the achievements of our high school, college, and teaching fellows. Through their determination and grit put forth every day, our fellows lay the foundation "brick by brick" for a better education for all students. We are incredibly proud of their success and look forward to next year as we continue forward!

Part 3

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 06/07/2024

Please join us in congratulating our BMT fellows on an amazing year of success. This year, we hosted our inaugural "Brick by Brick" awards, highlighting the achievements of our high school, college, and teaching fellows. Through their determination and grit put forth every day, our fellows lay the foundation "brick by brick" for a better education for all students. We are incredibly proud of their success and look forward to next year as we continue forward!
Part 2

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 06/07/2024

Please join us in congratulating our BMT fellows on an amazing year of success. This year, we hosted our inaugural "Brick by Brick" awards, highlighting the achievements of our high school, college, and teaching fellows. Through their determination and grit put forth every day, our fellows lay the foundation "brick by brick" for a better education for all students. We are incredibly proud of their success and look forward to next year as we continue forward!
Part 1

06/03/2024

We’re excited to share that we’re going to be a Featured Nonprofit for x At Bat For Impact! Black Men Teach will be featured at Target Field later this summer for fans to learn more and support our impact. Stay tuned for more information later this season!

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/27/2024

BMTEEN SUMMIT RECAP PART 3.
On Wednesday, we brought together 100 Black male high school students for our BMTeen Summit at Metro State University. We explored topics such as finances, entrepreneurship, and real estate, provided a safe space to address mental health issues specific to young Black men, and offered educational and college resources while facilitating community building and networking opportunities.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/24/2024

BMTEEN SUMMIT RECAP PART 2.

On Wednesday, we brought together 100 Black male high school students for our BMTeen Summit at Metro State University. We explored topics such as finances, entrepreneurship, and real estate, provided a safe space to address mental health issues specific to young Black men, and offered educational and college resources while facilitating community building and networking opportunities.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/24/2024

As we mark the fourth year since the tragic passing of George Floyd, we come together to honor his life and the profound impact he has had on the world. George Floyd was a loving father, brother, and friend. His death on May 25, 2020, at the hands of police officers here in Minneapolis sparked a global movement, shining a light on the deep-rooted issues of racial injustice and police brutality that persist in our society.
We remember George Floyd not only for the tragic way he left us but also for the way he united people from all walks of life in a common cause. His life mattered, and his legacy continues to inspire us to strive for a better, more just world.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/24/2024

BMTEEN SUMMIT RECAP PART 1.

On Wednesday, we brought together 100 Black male high school students for our BMTeen Summit at Metro State University. We explored topics such as finances, entrepreneurship, and real estate, provided a safe space to address mental health issues specific to young Black men, and offered educational and college resources while facilitating community building and networking opportunities.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/22/2024

Yesterday, our Collective Impact working group gathered for our first Design Day. We welcomed professionals from various organizations to strategize on intentional ways to reduce barriers and better support those looking to break into education. Together, we are ready to begin the journey toward achieving our goal of 433 Black male teachers in Minnesota’s elementary schools.

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/17/2024

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a pivotal moment in American history. We want to recognize and honor the courage of people like Linda Brown, who, as a young schoolgirl in 1954, stood at the heart of this landmark United States civil rights case. Brown, then a third-grader, bravely sought enrollment at Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas, igniting a legal battle that would resonate across the nation. Thurgood Marshall, who argued the case before the Court and succeeded in having the Supreme Court declare segregated public schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Dorothy Counts, who, nearly three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling, courageously became the first African-American student to enroll at Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Within her initial week, she was met with relentless harassment and neglect from both peers and educators. The bravery of the Little Rock Nine and countless others cannot be overlooked. They boldly challenged the status quo, enduring hostility and threats to their safety. Their unwavering commitment to justice laid the foundation for future generations of Black students to access improved educational opportunities.
On this day, we celebrate the enduring legacy of these trailblazers, drawing inspiration from their courage as we continue the ongoing fight against intolerance and discrimination.

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/13/2024

This Saturday, we celebrated the end of the program at BMT Academy. We had a variety of field games and prizes to win. Parents came out, the sun was shining, and of course, the boys had a good time dragging us through the field. Can’t wait to have this experience again next year! 😂👏🏾

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/09/2024

On behalf of all of us at Black Men Teach, we want to wish educators everywhere a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We hope that you feel supported, appreciated, and the recognition you deserve, not only during this week but every day. Thank you for your dedication, passion, and commitment to shaping the minds of our future leaders.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 05/06/2024

Meet the Team: Part Two

As our team continues to expand, we're thrilled to introduce some truly remarkable individuals at Black Men Teach: Brian, Darryl, and Kosar. Each brings a unique perspective and creative impact, enriching our mission with their talents and dedication. We're already inspired by their contributions and eager to witness the greatness they'll undoubtedly achieve.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 04/24/2024

You’re Invited! Join us for “BMTeen" Summit. We aim to unite and empower 100 Black High School Males, emphasizing the importance of representation in the classroom and beyond. The summit will take place on 5/22/2024 at Metro State University. We kindly request your assistance in selecting and sending ten black male high school juniors and/or seniors, accompanied by 2-3 black male staff members, to attend this transformative event. The "BMTeen" Summit will encompass a wide array of discussions and activities, including: Emphasizing the significance of having black men in educational roles. Fostering brotherhood and solidarity among participants. Exploring topics such as finances, entrepreneurship, and real estate. Providing a safe space to address mental health issues specific to young Black men. Offering educational and college resources. Facilitating community building and networking opportunities.

Use the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzGLPYP17GE3xVHlKymVVl8m5NGesfScNvyjy3ohvrOdds4A/viewform

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 04/12/2024

Mini Recap:
Thank you for joining us at last week’s Collective Impact Coalition Kickoff Celebration Breakfast. Your presence made the event truly special, and we appreciate your support. Together, we are ready to begin the journey towards achieving our goal of 433 Black male teachers in Minnesota’s elementary schools, where 40% of the student population is Black.



04/12/2024

Team Black Men Teach 💪🏾✨

04/10/2024

Wishing a happy EidAlFitr to everyone celebrating!
May this special occasion bring you peace, joy, and prosperity. As we come together to celebrate, let’s pause to appreciate the rich heritage and customs of diverse cultures, fostering understanding and harmony in our global family. May this day draw you closer to your loved ones and inspire a deeper connection with the world around you.

04/08/2024

Thank you all for joining us at the Collective Impact Coalition Kickoff Celebration Breakfast at Cityview Community School. Many of you have been wondering, 'What's next?' Well, we're thrilled to announce our ambitious goal for the next decade. This Coalition has been assembled with a common goal: to increase the presence of Black male teachers in Minnesota schools by 20%. With the support of approximately 30 members from around 25 organizations, including Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools, the University of Minnesota, Metro State University, University of St. Thomas, and others, we have committed to recruiting 433 more Black male educators into schools. Having a Black male teacher positively impacts the lives of all students. Our community needs this. This marks the beginning of our common agenda, dedicated to increasing the presence of Black male teachers in Minnesota. Your ongoing support for Black men teaching means the world to us. Thank you for being part of this journey. Please stay tuned for more progress and developments. We cannot wait to share our growth with you.



04/05/2024

Join BMT Academy where 2nd-5th Grade BIPOC boys explore responsible decision-making, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills. This Saturday program features Black male educators facilitating social and emotional learning. Happening on 5 consecutive Saturdays in the Spring: April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

For more info, contact Sean Sweat, Impact Director, at [email protected] or 651.621.0982.

School bus transportation, breakfast, and snacks provided. Don’t miss out on this enriching opportunity!

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/29/2024

Today's spotlight shines on our Principal Partner, Ms. Courtney Gulyard. With a strong foundation in education, Ms. Courtney began her journey with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, followed by a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from Hamline University. Holding licenses in elementary education, social studies, special education, and physical education, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, continuously striving to deepen her understanding of educational practices and leadership.

Throughout her career, Ms. Courtney has held various impactful roles. As a Teacher on Special Assignment (T.O.S.A.) in the Department of Educational Equity, she focused on increasing minority student performance and developing leaders committed to racial equity and cultural relevancy. Additionally, she served as a Project Director for the Children's Defense Fund, coordinating summer programs and maintaining community relationships in support of educational initiatives.

Ms. Courtney's achievements are notable, including the creation of district equity curriculum, achieving a 100 percent success rate for students passing standardized state exams, and leading staff development in culturally relevant instruction. Her dedication has been recognized with awards such as "Closing the Achievement Gap" and Promising Practices Teacher from Osseo Area Schools, as well as "Educator of the Year" from Harvest Preparatory School.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Ms. Courtney actively engages in service opportunities, including teaching at Children's Church, volunteering at schools, participating in mission trips, and serving on advisory boards for organizations like the Children's Defense Fund.

As Ms. Courtney continues her journey in education, she remains committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of learning, striving to empower students and educators alike to reach their fullest potential.

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/25/2024

During Women’s History Month, we’re thrilled to continue shining a light on the incredible women in our organization leading in education.

Meet Ms. Amy Oliver, the principal of Monroe Elementary in Brooklyn Park within the Anoka Hennepin School District.
With 23 years of experience as a teacher, Curriculum Integrator for a STEM program, and administrator, Ms.
Amy’s passion for equity and excellence drives initiatives yielding increasingly positive results for students.
Notably, her partnership with ServeMN over the past 3 years using Bridge2Read has significantly improved foundational reading for K-3 students, earning her team the prestigious 2023 Minnesota’s Future Award from the MN Business Partnership.

Ms. Amy believes in the power of mentoring women, recognizing its multiple positive impacts-from fostering diverse perspectives to inspiring young girls as future leaders and promoting meaningful discussions. She emphasizes that leadership is a privilege with a profound influence on others’ careers and lives. As leaders, we hold a big responsibility in serving and nurturing others, especially in guiding the next generation.

Let us continue to honor the legacy of those who paved the way and embrace our responsibility to inspire and uplift others as we celebrate Women’s History Month.

03/22/2024

Join us in sending a big congratulations to our fellow, Deontre Lofton! Yesterday, he testified at the Capitol, highlighting the critical need for financial support during student teaching. Stay tuned for the full video! He absolutely rocked it! Thank you for your outstanding advocacy! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/15/2024

More from our 2024 retreat.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/14/2024

Let the games begin! What an amazing experience we had at . These guys are so competitive. We will definitely have to do this again.



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Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/14/2024

Black Man Joy. Fellow retreat recap.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/13/2024

We have always thrived to create a space that is impactful, inspiring, supportive, educational, and fosters a sense of brotherhood among our fellow Black male educators her in minnesota. Through these retreats, we empower and uplift others, promoting awareness and understanding within our broader educational community. Stay tuned. We have a lot more in store.



Photos from Black Men Teach Twin Cities's post 03/13/2024

In honor of Women's History Month, we're thrilled to spotlight the remarkable women within our organization who are leading the charge in education. Meet Ms. Adrian Pendelton, an accomplished leader with an inspiring story of dedication and transformation. With ten years of teaching experience and 17 years of educational leadership under her belt, Ms. Pendelton currently serves as an elementary school principal for Osseo Area Schools, following her impactful tenure as a principal in St. Paul Public Schools.

Throughout her career, Ms. Pendelton has been a catalyst for change, known for her ability to drive transformational initiatives that elevate student achievement, foster discipline, and strengthen family relationships within school communities. Her outstanding contributions have garnered recognition from various media outlets, earning her the title of a "turnaround" principal.

Ms. Pendelton's journey is underscored by her belief in the power of sisterhood and support networks for women. She advocates for finding a community of like-minded, positive sister friends who serve as pillars of encouragement and support, emphasizing their role in personal and professional success.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Ms. Pendelton shares valuable insights, urging women to embrace their individual journeys, learn from mistakes, and persist in their pursuit of excellence and abundance. Her story serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring leaders and underscores the importance of resilience and determination in achieving success.

Swipe to learn more about Ms. Pendelton's incredible journey and the impact she continues to make in the field of education.

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Thank you, Ms. Opal“Grandmother of Juneteenth," for your significant impact, commitment, and dedication to helping getJu...
BMT Academy provides a safe, culturally relevant space for elementary boys, where Black male teachers and interns teach ...
Thank you all for joining us at the Collective Impact Coalition Kickoff Celebration Breakfast at Cityview Community Scho...
Calling all Karaoke and Trivia lovers! This week is for you. In honor of Black History Month, Black Men Teach will be ho...
Celebrate Black History Month by prioritizing health and wellness with Black Men Teach. The importance of understanding ...
We never forget our favorite teachers. These kids are having so much fun learning—this is education. This is what it's a...
Our goal in organizing this Gala was to celebrate Black male teachers and fellows. We are genuinely thankful for all the...
Our Executive Director echoes a crucial truth: he wasn't told, he wasn't inspired, and yet, here he stands as a testamen...
We love to see Black male teachers feeling loved, valued, and needed in their classrooms 👏🏾. We do not own the rights to...
A big shoutout and thank you to our Executive Director, Markus Flynn In a recent discussion, Markus not only motivated u...
Our Executive Director Marcus Flynn highlights the profound impact of Black male teachers on student success.Studies rev...
It is remarkable how creative and innovative educators can be with a limited amount of resources. Teacher Richard Appiah...

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