New York Urban League Launches 1st Ever Bethune Fellowship

March 15, 2016

Bethune FellowshipThe New York Urban League has launched a new initiative called the Bethune Fellowship. Named after Mary McLeod Bethune who was a leading civil rights and education activist and served under the presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin Roosevelt. The goal of the fellowship is to bring k-12 professionals and educators, community leaders and civil rights advocates together to dialogue about key education issues such as Common Core, personalized learning, teaching effectiveness and equity. Through the combined efforts these leading experts, Educators for Excellence(E4E), Teaching Matters(TM), and the New York Urban League(NYUL); the fellowship will immerse 60 education professionals, selected through a competitive process, in a series of boot camps extending from a launch event in April 2016 to November 2016.

Those teachers selected will be provided with a $250 stipend, one-year free membership to the New York Urban League, and official recognition as a Bethune Teaching Fellow including business cards and professional photos. Fellows will have the opportunity to explore, propose and test hypothesis on recommendations that will also be used to inform policy makers, funders and school systems about ways to improve the performance of New York students.

Arva Rice, the President and CEO of the New York Urban League, states that the agency, “…is extremely proud to be working with a great group of teachers and stakeholders. The New York Urban League is always looking to create new partnerships and share best practices relative to the most pressing issues in education. The Bethune Fellowship will continue that work and we are proud to be a part of such a collaboration.”

The application deadline is Thursday March 24th 2016. Interested parties should apply at

For more information, contact education policy coordinator Alain Robert at

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