Why YES Then?
In early 1987, a small group of staff and administrators at Eastern Michigan University met to discuss growing concerns over sharp declines in the numbers of minority students pursuing careers in the teaching profession. They convened a group of Higher Ed representatives from other universities in the state of Michigan who expressed similar concern. They decided the most effective means of addressing this issue would be to collaborate in organizing teacher interest clubs in junior and senior high schools in districts where there were high minority populations.
Why YES Now?
Thirty years later… the challenge is even greater. Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen, with some large states showing program enrollment declines of over 50% in just the past 5 years.
Reports find students of color tend to have higher academic, personal, and social performance when taught by teachers from their own ethnic groups. Research has found that teachers of color have higher performance expectations for students of color and they have proven to improve the academic achievements of minority students when of similar backgrounds