New UIC Program Aims to Bring More Men of Color into Classrooms | Chicago Tonight

Six students will participate in UIC’s Call Me MISTER program, which aims to get more male teachers of color into classrooms. From left: Alfred Tatum, Armando Rivera, Juan Hernandez, Jesus Flores and Juwaun Williams. (Credit: UIC Photo)

There’s a shortage of male teachers in Illinois classrooms, particularly those who are African-American and Latino.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is hoping to change that. The school is implementing the program Call Me MISTER that would prepare African-American and Latino men to become elementary teachers in the Chicago Public Schools system.

“The research is clear that students benefit from having male teachers of color,” said Alfred Tatum, dean of UIC’s College of Education. “There are academic benefits, and then you have the reduction…

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