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Only 2 Percent of Teachers are Black and Male. Here’s how We Might Change That.

Ron Porter Jr. had a rude awakening during his senior year at Millersville University in central Pennsylvania more than two decades ago. A student-athlete at the central Pennsylvania college, Porter thought that a bachelor’s degree in history was all he needed to become a teacher. He hadn’t consulted an academic adviser and didn’t realize he also needed to take other steps, such as completing classes in education theory and fulfilling student-teaching requirements. It wasn’t until a friend and classmate mentioned his own student-teaching plans that Porter realized his mistake.