|“Community Teachers Initiative is an organization that promotes, fosters and encourages scholastic achievement, educational excellence and intellectual advancement by establishing the Peter Greeman Scholarship Fund to benefit young people from urban areas who are pursuing a career in education; to aid, encourage, stimulate, foster and promote educational development through grants, scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students…”|
Community Teachers Initiative creates partnerships between higher education institutions and future educators who are culturally-connected. Culturally-connected teachers are highly-qualified certified instructors who possess an intimate knowledge of the social and cultural history and concerns of their students, and use this knowledge to enhance the students’ educational experience.
Cultural-connectedness is the essence of a Community Teacher. Specifically, a culturally-connected teacher is both a cultural learner who has an understanding of the political, social, and historical dimensions of students’ communities; and a cultural teacher, who uses relevant methods and materials drawn from a personal connection to the community to provide meaningful activities that cultivate effective learning environments.