Teleconference: A COSEBOC Conversation with the Bridge Fellows

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Free Teleconference with the Bridge Fellows

Join Ron Walker in conversation with the Bridge Fellows of TNTP on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 4-5pm EST. This is a series of montly COSEBOC Conversations with Influential Thought Leaders.

TNTP’s Bridge Fellowship is a 12-month residency for leaders with innovative ideas for public education. This year, three Bridge Fellows are developing projects that address a pressing question in public education: How can we prepare more African-American and Latino males for success in school and beyond? Bridge Fellows are reimagining the school experience for these students and thinking holistically about ways school systems can dramatically increase their success.

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The Bridge Fellows

Marvin Pierre: Marvin Pierre is a former assistant principal at KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys in Houston. He’s spending his fellowship year developing Eight Million Stories, an alternative education and workforce development program for formerly incarcerated young men. Eight Million Stories officially launched in January, and is currently serving about 40 high school students.

Zaitrarrio “Zay” Collier: A serial tech entrepreneur, Zay Collier is on a mission to engage more students of color in STEM fields. As a Bridge Fellow, he’s designing a program model for empowering young men of color with the skills and hands-on experience to pursue rewarding careers in the technology industry.

Dr. César A. Cruz: César Cruz is a community organizer and educator who led a non-profit serving young people affected by gangs in Oakland. He’s spending the year designing a teacher prep program model to equip educators with an asset-based approach for teaching and engaging boys of color who have been labeled “at risk.”


TNTP is a national non-profit founded by teachers in 1997 that has worked with over 200 public school districts, charter school networks, and state departments of education to tackle persistent challenges and improve outcomes for students. Operating in more than 30 cities nationwide, we support our partners in three areas to ensure teachers succeed and students thrive.  The three areas are:

  1. Talented People: We find and develop great people for our schools.
  2. Rigorous Academics: We ensure students are studying challenging and engaging content.
  3. Supportive Environments: We advance policies that reward and retain great teachers, and help leaders cultivate strong school communities.


TNTP works closely with COSEBOC to elevate the use of culturally responsive strategies, including those outlined in COSEBOC’s Standards and Promising Practices, into our partnerships with schools, districts and communities that aim to improve academic outcomes and the overall school experience for its students.  We also work together to identify, highlight and support leaders in the field through presentations at COSEBOC convenings and by promoting opportunities such as TNTP’s Fishman Prize for outstanding teachers and Bridge Fellows for outstanding community leaders.

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The Bridge Fellows of TNTP