Collaborative Education for Equity Teacher Pipeline Partnership

The Collaborative Education for Equity (CEE) Program is a robust teacher pipeline initiative supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students from middle school through higher education and entrance into the teaching professions.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the CEE is to create a teacher pipeline program that contributes to dismantling structural racism and advances equity in education by preparing, supporting, mentoring, and graduating BIPOC teachers, drawn from urban, suburban, and rural school districts, into the teaching workforce.

Short-Term Vision

The CEE will:

  • Increase the number of school district partners with teacher pipeline programs, engaging middle and high school students in programming, preparing in-service teachers to support student teachers of color through a culturally responsive lens in their classrooms, and committed to hiring teacher candidates of color upon graduation.
  • Increase the number of BIPOC teacher candidates at Fisher; increase the number of student teachers of color engaged as CEE Teacher Fellows; increase the sense of self-efficacy and sense of belonging of BIPOC teacher candidates.
  • Increase the number of in-service teachers prepared to support student candidates of color as they prepare for the workforce, creating an inclusive school climate in partner schools.
  • Increase BIPOC teacher retention in partner schools/districts.
  • Use evaluative metrics and an Advisory Board to continue to build and grow this program, with a focus on alignment with community needs and priorities for sustained, systemic impact.

Long-Term Vision

The CEE will:

  • Support school partners as they develop an effective workforce that mirrors their student population in environments with diverse student populations and that provides windows to understanding and embracing differences across educational environments, especially those that primarily serve white students.
  • Contribute to dismantling structural racism and advancing equity in education.
  • Develop a robust pipeline of BIPOC teachers across Monroe County and beyond.
  • Ultimately prepare Fisher alumni and teachers of color for leadership positions (e.g., principals, librarians, superintendents, etc.) where they can make substantial contributions to advancing equity across the community.

Partnering School Districts

  • Brighton Central School District
  • East Rochester Union Free School District
  • Fairport Central School District
  • Greater Rochester Parent Leader Training Institute (PLTI)
  • Greece Central School District
  • Geneva Central School District
  • Lyons Central School District
  • Penfield Central School District
  • TLI @ East High
  • Urban League of Rochester
  • Wheatland-Chili Central School Dist.

2024-2025 Anticipated Partners

  • Rochester City School District