Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED)
BranchED is the hub of a national network of educator preparation programs at MSI’s.
they provide practical technical assistance to advance institutional outcomes, foster strategic alliances to spur collaboration and innovation, and amplify the unique contributions of Minority Serving Institutions in preparing teachers who will educate America’s citizens. Explore their approach in greater detail below.
Working Together to Strengthen and Grow MSI Educator Preparation Programs
by Providing Capacity Building Support That Enhances MSI Capabilities
BranchED maximizes the capacity of Minority Serving Institutions to deliver high quality educator preparation. They identify and support what is working well and strengthen program weaknesses to drive continuous quality improvement and ensure program sustainability.
Using an asset-based approach, MSI educator preparation programs work with BranchED coaches to create personalized plans that build on program strengths, fill gaps, and lead to positive outcomes in preparing diverse educators to meet the needs of all children.
Their support services include:
- On-demand technical assistance
- Performance-based coaching
- Access to resources
Strengthening Relationships Among Minority Serving Institutions by Building Partnerships to Spur Collaboration and Innovation
BranchED builds community and fosters strategic partnerships to solve shared problems, explore common interests, and support one another.
They facilitate in-person and virtual opportunities to ensure that MSI educator preparation programs meaningfully engage with and learn from both each other and from key partners, such as K-12 institutions and community organizations.
BranchED connects MSI’s by creating space to learn from one another by facilitating:
- Peer-to-peer learning
- Information sharing
- Collaborative projects
Amplifying a Collective Voice and Advocating for Shared Interests by Promoting Awareness of Educator Diversity and Championing MSIs
BranchED works to ensure that MSIs have a leading voice in the national conversation about the quality preparation of diverse educators who are effective in increasing the achievement of all learners.
They build awareness about the critical role MSIs play in preparing highly effective diverse teachers, and they seek to amplify the collective expertise of MSIs as a means for advancing the field of educator preparation.
They promote awareness of the essential contributions of MSIs through:
- A common quality agenda
- Dissemination of best practices
- Leadership activation