Emir Davis says he hears from black male teachers who have “this deep calling within them” to educate and teach, but having “to deal with the minutia that surrounds them” takes a toll.

“That burden to be the culturally competent teacher and the one who expresses love and generosity and dedication to their students, along with the burden of leading a classroom instructionally, it starts to wear down on you and burn you out,” he tells Education Week.

Davis, fellow Center for Black Educator Development leader Sharif El-Mekki and social studies teacher Gemayel Hazard spoke with Education Week writers Jaclyn Borowski and Madeline Will about recruiting and retaining men of color in education and other challenges in their profession. Read what they had to say here.

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