What We Do
Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) is a professional services organization and a collective of university faculty and leaders advancing educational equity and excellence by expanding individual capacity, enabling supportive relationships, boosting institutional effectiveness, and collaborating with communities.
BranchED was founded in 2017 as the only non-profit organization in the country dedicated to strengthening, growing, and amplifying the impact of educator preparation at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), with the longer-range goals of both diversifying the teaching profession and intentionally addressing critical issues of educational equity for all students.
Through our customized and relational learning opportunities, targeted supports, needed resources, and individualized coaching, we are developing compassionate and adaptive teacher educators who, in turn, develop highly effective teachers.
BranchED provides learning opportunities, support, resources, and coaching to develop highly-effective, compassionate and adaptive teachers.
Our community-centered approach creates brave and safe spaces for teacher educators to enhance personal practice while transforming programs.
We believe that assessment and plans for individuals and institutional growth should be based on rigorous and up-to-date data and research that is action-oriented.
Framework for the Quality Preparation of Educators
The Framework for the Quality Preparation of Educators outlines a roadmap to create teacher preparation programs that meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student body. It seeks to build equity-oriented educator preparation programs that prepare educators to reflect, respect, and reify the value of the diversity of America’s PK12 school children.
Through the Framework, BranchED seeks to redefine the set of characteristics used to shape high-quality educator preparation programs. The Framework identifies six critical focus areas that teacher preparation providers can leverage to redesign their programs.
This Framework connects research findings, promising institutional practices, and context-rich approaches that, to date, have not been systematically integrated into the standards and expectations that drive teacher education programs.