Charlotte, NC, September 20, 2017: Profound Gentlemen (PG) and Dr. Chance Lewis of The University of North Carolina Charlotte officially launched a collaborative partnership that will evaluate to propel the work of male educator of color development and retention nationally.

Dr. Lewis is conducting a year-long evaluation on Profound Gentlemen’s current program model as well as review their past impact on male educators of color.

Over 200 male educators of color who serve as K-12 teachers, school leaders, and education advocates participate in cohorts of their peers that are led by Impact Leaders, trained instructional and leadership coaches that serve as Profound Gentlemen Officers. All Impact Leaders are current teachers or school leaders that utilize a curriculum developed by literature and research from Dr. Chance Lewis, Better Lessons, and Profound Gentlemen Founders that combine in-person and virtual coaching and relationship building to retain and grow educators in the profession.

Impact Leaders lead local cohorts in Atlanta, DC, Chicago, Memphis, and Charlotte and virtual cohorts that serve the Southeast, Pacific, Southwest, Northeast, and Midwestern regions of the country.

Each educator will participate in quarterly professional development centered around Profound Gentlemen’s four program areas, complete personalized goal setting plans, and receive at least 20 hours of coaching from their Impact Leaders.

Educators are given targeted strategies and participate in fellowship and conferences to improve their mindset, performance & practice, achievement, classroom or school culture, and 21st-century readiness.

Nationally, less than 2% of all educators are male educators of color and they are 5x more likely to leave the education profession than other demographics. However, since their founding in 2015, Profound Gentlemen has changed the narrative for male educators of color. In 2015-2016, 90% of Profound Gentlemen educators returned to the classroom, and in 2016-2017, 100% of Gentlemen returned to the classroom.

In 2017-2018, their goals are to support over 300 educators nationally and ensure 90% of their Gentlemen are entering the school year next year better prepared to impact all students, especially boys of color.

The year-long collaborative will achieve the following:

  • Measure the past impact of Profound Gentlemen’s program
  • Full external evaluation of Profound Gentlemen’s current model designed to develop and retain male educators of color
  • Comprehensive report on Profound Gentlemen’s national impact
  • Research-based recommendations for male educator of color development and retention
  • Creation of centralized hub for research around male educator of color development and retention

“This partnership will strengthen and solidify our national impact. It is important that we evaluate and learn from our past as we prepare for our future. Dr. Lewis will be influential in creating a roadmap for future impact and we are thankful for his leadership.” Jason Terrell, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Profound Gentlemen

The findings of the evaluation will allow Profound Gentlemen to reshape, strengthen, and propel their development sessions, Impact Cohorts, and coaching modules to ensure that male educators of color across the country are supported, valued, and better prepared to make a profound additional impact on their scholars, especially their young men.


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About Profound Gentlemen:

Profound Gentlemen is a North Carolina based non-profit, and their mission is to build local communities of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color. Their vision is to retain educators who dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline by establishing a cradle to career pipeline for boys of color. Their strategy is to utilize diverse educational leaders who are Black and Latino male educators to mentor and lead cohorts of their peers through a year-long professional development track to strengthen their leadership and impact.

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About Dr. Chance Lewis:

Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Executive Director of the Urban Education Collaborative, a central hub of research to improve urban schools. Dr. Lewis is a leading scholar in Urban Education, teaching, and learning styles and patterns for boys of color.

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