Educators of Color deserve the support, resources, and community necessary to flourish in the profession and to ensure all students, particularly students of color, have more happy, healthy, and thriving veteran educators of color.


The Classroom Leaders of Color Fellowship is a two year cohort model for early career Boston-based K-12 classroom teachers of color. The CLOC Fellowship’s vision, curriculum, and program are intentionally designed by educators of color and for educators of color. Our goal is to develop, maintain, and improve the skills and tools to increase early career educators’ input, impact, and income, towards a more sustainable profession.

  • National research shows that Educators of Color are leaving the profession at a rate 24% greater than their white counterparts. 

  • Educators of Color are leaving the field at higher clips before Year 4, a phenomenon we call “The Year Four Falloff”. 

  • The result of this “Falloff phenomenon” greatly impacts student achievement. On average, in schools serving the greatest percentages of Black students, for example, 15% of teachers are novice teachers.

  • Early career teachers who graduate from Teacher Prep Programs (TPPs) stop receiving support and coaching after their two years of service are up. 

  • Many schools are also not equipped to provide the specific support, coaching, and resources necessary to develop and retain early career Educators of Color.

“Increase early career educators’ input, impact, and income.”

Program Overview

The Classroom Leaders of Color Fellowship is an opportunity for Boston-based early career classroom teachers of color. CLOC is a two-year cohort model for classroom teachers designed to increase support and access to resources and opportunities to make the work sustainable. The CLOC fellowship will provide fellows community, development, coaching, and mentoring. Coaches and mentors, with shared identities, will meet the specific needs of early career educators of color, while developing, maintaining, and improving the skills and tools to avoid burnout.

Applications for the 2024-2025 CLOC Fellowship are open. Rolling applications are being accepted.

Prospective fellows, school leaders, coaches, and mentors complete this interest form today to schedule a school visit or meet with the Director of Learning and Development, Evelyn Jean-Louis.

CLOC Fellow Requirements

  • Identify as and Educator of Color
  • 2-3 years of K-12 teaching experience
  • Boston based educator

Core Curriculum Pillars

  • Purpose Exploration
  • Leadership Reimagined
  • Wellness & Sustainability
  • Self Advocacy
  • Student Advocacy

Year 1

Through a series of professional development sessions, fellows will design, implement and present on action plans aligned to our programmatic pillars.

Year 2

Fellows will continue to receive coaching, mentorship and exploration on the five pillars, and exclusive access to growing networks, resources, and opportunities from The Teachers’ Lounge.

The Teachers’ Lounge is seeking Qualified, Committed & Experienced Educators of Color to serve as Coaches & Mentors

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CLOC Fellow applications for the 2022-2023 School Year have closed. Rolling applications open February 2023.