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Teachers Advocating to lead Great change (T.A.G.) Program.

DREF received a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the Teachers Advocating to lead Great change (T.A.G.) Program. The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) will present T.A.G. in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

There will be five DTEC Change Agents selected from the following geographic areas:  DC-MD-VA; Dallas/Houston, TX; Metro Atlanta; Central Florida, and Tennessee.  The program will span two years, beginning October 2017 through September 30, 2019.

The program is an extension of the advocacy prong of DTEC, and it will be a 24-month pilot program that will train 25 educators on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and advocacy through six policy institutes.  Only DTEC trained educators “DTEC Change Agents” can serve as participants in the T.A.G. Program. 

If you reside in either of the five targeted areas and would like to learn more and/or become involved in the TAG initiative, please send an email to the program at DTEC-TAG@deltafoundation.net.

DTEC was also invited by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), for the third consecutive year, to present a workshop at the Third Annual Professional Development Series held during the 47th Annual Legislative Conference. Held on September 20, 2017, the DTEC session was entitled: “Education: It’s A Heart Matter® -- Shifting Perspectives and Mindset;” presenters included Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, DTEC project director, and Chelonnda Seroyer, DTEC national leader.  The shifting perspective and mindset concept advocated by DTEC addresses how implicit bias and the lack of diversity and inclusion can adversely impact students of color. Dr. Craig cited how DTEC prepares educators to become change agents;  Raechel Broussard of Houston, TX was a previous DTEC participant who was empowered by the shifting mindset concept.  Upon completing the DTEC academy, she returned to her school district, applied the knowledge gained and is now training other educators on the national level for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).   Broussard also presented a workshop at the CBCF Professional Development Series on using technology in the classroom.

The shifting perspective and mindset concept advocated by DTEC was recently recognized by the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign of Proctor & Gamble, resulting in a $20,000 financial award to support teacher effectiveness. “The Talk,” a national commercial produced by the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign is bringing awareness to biases and DTEC integrates this message into many presentations. To learn more about “My Black is Beautiful,” please visit www.pgeveryday.com/tag/my-black-is-beautiful.

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