Project HEART: Higher Education Advancement of Resident BIPOC Teachers

Project HEART: Higher Education Advancement of Resident BIPOC Teachers

Project Heart
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Project HEART aims to increase the number of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) teachers who are highly qualified and ready to teach in urban schools in Northeast Ohio and beyond. Project HEART is led by Cleveland State University’s Education and Human Services in collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the large urban local district, and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), the local 2-year degree granting institution. As noted in sections below, CSU, CMSD and Tri-C have a long history of partnering on projects that support local youth and the larger Northeast Ohio Community.

Project HEART proposes to: 1) recruit BIPOC teachers for clinically based teacher education programs; 2) support cultural awareness and self-reflection for teacher education faculty, mentor teachers and pre-service teachers; 3) develop and implement support systems for BIPOC teachers; 4) establish sustainable systems for support and growth that will continue after the Project HEART funding ends. 

Funding from Funded at the state level by the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children, Project HEART received $149,000 for the 2021-2022 school year with a renewal for 2022-2023 of an additional $149,000. The CSU-led partnership received one of 11 grants that were awarded throughout Ohio during this award cycle.

Project HEART Leaders

Please contact Elena Andrei (216-687-2148 | for more information about Project HEART.