Introduce the Clip: Pierre Brown is a wonderful example of a dedicated teacher. He is one of the rare black men teaching in the K-12 system. He, therefore, is not just a teacher but a role model and mentor, especially for boys of color. In this clip, he explains that he loves teaching and is confident he is “changing somebody’s life.” Mr. Brown says he “didn’t have a male teacher until 8th grade” and he was a teacher in the school, not his own teacher.
Survey your audience (raise their hands) to find out how many have had male teachers, and how many of those were men of color? How did that make a difference for you?
• What makes Mr. Brown a good role model? What behaviors do you admire in Mr. Brown that make him a good teacher who can help his Hartsville students?
• Mr. Brown says that, “If you want to be a successful educator, you have to think about what happens to students in the hours after 3 pm and before 7 am.” Why should teachers and schools be concerned about students’ lives outside of school?
• What evidence did you see in Mr. Brown’s classroom that indicate he is raising his students’ expectations about school performance and aspirations to succeed?
Brainstorm ideas about what additional changes Mr. Brown could make in his classroom in order to support a college-going culture.
Think about action steps that your community can take to increase the number of male teachers of color as well as find ways they can become role models to encourage the college aspirations of male students of color throughout the school. How can your school and community leverage 180 Days: Hartsville’s media assets to address or give visibility to this effort?