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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Educator Workforce Diversity Initiative:
The Department's Action Plan in Response to the Massachusetts Advocates for Diversity in Education Task Force Report

To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
Date:
April 18, 2014.

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education committed to focusing on the recruitment and retention of a diverse and culturally proficient educator workforce as one of the projects in the state's Race to the Top grant. The "Diversity Initiative" proposal called for the Department to convene a group of experts, known as the Massachusetts Advocates for Diversity in Education Task Force (Diversity Task Force), who would advise the Department on how to support districts more effectively in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and in developing the cultural proficiency of the current educator workforce.

From June 2013 through January 2014, the Department convened the Diversity Task Force six times. The Department charged the Diversity Task Force with identifying actionable recommendations to attain two diversity goals: an increase in the racial and ethnic diversity of the current educator workforce and a decrease in the disproportionate use of out-of-school suspensions for students of color. The Department also asked the Task Force to identify effective practices and examples in the Commonwealth that could lead the state to achieve the two diversity target goals; provide recommendations for the kinds of technical assistance and support that will be needed; and identify and address barriers to achieving these target goals.

The Task Force has submitted its report (copy enclosed), containing ten recommendations. The Department has reviewed the recommendations and has identified current initiatives that support them, as well as additional actions to be undertaken or strengthened. Enclosed is the Department's action plan in response to the Task Force's ten recommendations.

At the April 29th Board meeting, I will present the Department's response to each recommendation and highlight steps we are taking to attain the diversity goals. Heather Peske, Associate Commissioner for Educator Quality and Cynthia Mompoint, Project Lead and Liaison for the Diversity Task Force, will be at the meeting to respond to your questions.

Enclosures:

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Task Force Members
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Diversity Task Force Report
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Full Description of Task Force Recommendations
 
Data on suspensions of students
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Biography of Task Force Members
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Department's Action Plan in Response to the Diversity Task Force Recommendations


Last Updated: April 25, 2014
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