Duncan at Bowie State for TEACH Town Hall

Recruiting the next generation of great teachers will be the message of today’s TEACH town hall meeting at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, where Secretary Duncan will join Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Bowie State President Dr. Mickey Burnim, as well as local leaders, educators, and students.

TEACH is the Department’s national teacher recruitment campaign aimed at recruiting the next generation of high-quality teachers to join those already in the classroom. Secretary Duncan will highlight the country’s need to recruit nearly 1.7 million new teachers over the next decade to replace the retiring teachers of the baby boomer generation, and to meet the demands of a growing population.

The TEACH campaign also encourages more minorities, especially males, to pursue careers in the classroom. Nationwide, more than 35 percent of public school students are African American or Hispanic, but less than 15 percent of teachers are Black or Latino. Less than two percent of our nation’s teachers are African American males.

Watch today’s town hall LIVE at 1:10 p.m. ET, and visit TEACH.gov to start your pathway to teaching.