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WQED TV Airs Program Devoted to Recruitment of African American Males into Teaching

Building on the success of last year’s Portrayal and Perception: African American Men & Boys initiative, WQED will continue sharing the many stories of African American men and boys who are accomplished members of the community throughout western Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m., “Have You Ever Considered Teaching?” premieres. This episode, hosted by Emmy award winner Chris Moore, encourages African American males to explore a teaching career. For the past 20 years, there has been a steady decline of black males in the profession. The program features some of the strategies that IUP, CALU, Point Park, and the Community College of Allegheny County are using to get African American males to think about becoming teachers. The program includes high school and middle school students from the Pittsburgh area interacting with college faculty and college students. The project is funded by a three-year grant from the Heinz Endowments and is coordinated Bob Millward, a professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education.

Immediately following at 8:00 p.m. will be a live broadcast, Portrayal & Perception: A Community Forum. During the broadcast, western Pennsylvania community leaders, activists, and concerned citizens will discuss how the media portrays African American males and how society views them as a result. The broadcast will engage a studio audience as well as people commenting via social media. The forum is the culmination of eight WQED documentaries that reported on people and organizations working to spotlight positive rather than negative images of black men.

Visit BlackMenTeaching.org to learn about the project and watch video testimonials from IUP faculty members Melvin Jenkins and Roger Briscoe.

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Read about the project in the Fall-Winter 2012 edition of IUP Magazine.

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