SC State Call Me MISTER Cohort Addresses Educators at National Conference

Thursday, August 15, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The SC State University cohort of Call Me MISTER and its director, Dr. Rashad Anderson, are helping to lead the conversation on developing, sustaining and supporting black male teachers at the national level. MISTERS Samuel Murray, Andrew Bratton, Trasean Tolen and Jordan Puch joined Anderson to present the opening keynote address at the 2019 Effective Educators Summit in Washington, D.C. The team was invited by the U.S. Department of Education to present at the summit on August 7-9th.

Call Me Mister DCFor nearly a decade, the U.S. Department of Education has hosted administrators, policy makers, educators, grant writers and U.S. Department of Education staff from across the nation to address teacher preparation, recruitment, retention, induction, mentoring and professional development of educators at the annual conference.

“Out of all the conferences we have presented at thus far, this was by far our largest platform, with the opportunity to engage with some of the most powerful voices in U.S. public education right now. I am elated that SC State University and Call Me MISTER is at the forefront, leading the conversations regarding developing teachers of color for our growing and diverse schools,” said Anderson.

“I am graduating this December and I hope to have my own classroom in January 2020. I feel deeply honored to be able to lend my voice to help shape policy and practice for U.S. public schools before I even step foot in my own classroom,” said Bratton, vice president of the cohort.

The Call Me MISTER program is designed to provide a pipeline for African American male teachers, mentors and role models to serve in South Carolina’s public schools and communities.

For more information about the Call Me MISTER program, contact Dr. Rashad Anderson at (803) 536-8490 or