Why Low-to-Moderate Income Educators?
Federal data from the U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights reveals that teachers in minority schools are being paid $2,500 less than teachers working in whiter areas (Education Department obtained data from 2,200 school districts). In addition, it’s reported that these educators have larger classes, fewer material resources, and because of budget cuts, do not have teaching assistance. In 2019, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that the percentage of minority teachers was highest at schools that had 90 percent or more minority students (55 percent) and was lowest at schools that had less than 10 percent minority students (2 percent).
Under the Community Reinvestment Act, reported by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (insert comma after “System”) the term low- and moderate-income refers to communities in certain geographies that have income levels that fall between certain ranges, as determined by the Census Bureau. A low-income community means there is a median family income of less than 50 percent of the area median income. A moderate-income community means that the median family income is at least 50 percent and less than 80 percent of the area median income.
Low-to-Moderate Income Level Verification
o You should scroll to the middle of the page and select the button that says “Click Here for FY 2021 MFI Documentation”
o To ensure you're within the LMI ratio, your income should not exceed what you see on the LMI calculation page for your region.
o If selected as an Awardee, you will be required to submit two recent check stubs for further verification.
If you fit the criteria above and have verified your low-to-moderate income level (link above), please proceed by pressing submit below . . .
To the Educators . . .
Breakthrough to Success Online allows you to do an interactive deep dive into Jack's most powerful Success Principles and experience a breakthrough in some (or many) areas of your life, where you might have previously been held back.
You’ll discover how to:
The Five-Step Application Process
In addition to providing your name, current mailing address, telephone number, and email address, each applicant must complete the following five steps:
Step 1 - Disclosure Statement – Every applicant will have to agree to the disclaimer below:
Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I am a female Black, Indigenous, (and/or) People of Color (BIPOC) educator in the United States, and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information contained in my Educator Fellowship application is relevant facts relating to the request for the information, and such facts are true, correct, and complete.
Step 2 - Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae.
Step 3 – Provide proof of low-to-moderate income status with application.
Step 4 - Essay -- Each applicant must submit an essay discussing how she meets the criteria (1000-word maximum). A strong essay will be reflective, grounded in personal experiences, and allow WIF’s review committee to get to know the educator as an individual and experienced teacher. Applicants will be advised to avoid using jargon or citing educational theories without personal experiences.
Step 5 - Each applicant will be required to provide the names and email addresses of three individuals who will each write a letter on her behalf. The referenced individuals will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendations to the review committee.
Each application will be reviewed by a non-biased committee of national community leaders, business owners and educational administrators, to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.
Why Minority Female Educators?
According to a report in The Atlantic (2019) women now make up a larger share of educators than they have in decades. Yet close to half of all principals today, including two-thirds of those serving high schools, are men, as are more than three-quarters of school-district superintendents. Additionally, nine in 10 elementary-school educators are women, compared with six in 10 of their high-school counterparts. Prekindergarten in particular is heavily dominated by women.
Decades of research show that students of all races and ethnicities benefit from having teachers of color. They report overall better school experiences and more favorable impressions of their teachers of color. Yet, 80 percent of U.S. teachers are white. In “Closing the Diversity Gap,” James Paterson notes that the teacher shortage in the U.S. “tends to disproportionately affect communities of color.” And this disproportionate effect includes retaining teachers of color. (Source: Tolerance.org - Urban Teachers of Color Pushed Out: Why I Left the Classroom)
This is a Philanthropy Alliance Foundation Affiliate Collaboration
with the Wells International Foundation
Announcing Grant Fellowships for U.S. Minority Female K-12 Educators!
Submittal Dates: New Dates to be Announced
Educator Awards Announced – New Dates to be Announced
Are you a minority female educator in the U.S.?
Do you know a minority female educator?
This is a unique opportunity being offered by the Wells International Foundation and Renowned Speaker, Motivator and Author, Jack Canfield
This collaboration is also being advanced through our Core Team:
Dr. Susan Sclafani - Education Consultant * Raye Clendening – K-12 School Administrator, Retired * Jacqueline Cofield - Founder and President, J Rêve International * Barb Engler – Educator
With most every global business industry now offering virtual opportunities, the Wells International Foundation is collaborating with Jack Canfield's Breakthrough to Success program to offer 80 Virtual Fellowships (value $3000+ ea.) for low-to-moderate income, K-12 Minority Female Educators across the United States. This quarter million-dollar gift is allowing both organizations to support the retention and advancement of minority females in the field of education.
The goal of this Virtual Fellowship is to enhance the Awardees' personal and business life, thru 10 Powerful Modules that will Take Participants from Where they Are to Where They Want to Be!
Providing the awarded 80 Educators with this unparalleled Virtual Fellowship, the Breakthrough to Success Master Class is a self-guided, self-paced training opportunity. Allowing those in the program to work through the course according to their schedule, the system is designed to give participants the tools they need to change their life – and the needed momentum to keep the shift going!
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