Diversity in Education
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is launching Influence 100 to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of superintendents in Massachusetts, create more culturally responsive districts and leaders across the state, and promote better outcomes for students. Influence 100 includes a fellowship program for qualified educators who desire to move into the superintendent role in the next five years, and support for school districts to become more culturally responsive and to engage in intentional strategy development and execution around diversifying their educator workforce.
The application deadline is June 14, 2019.
The InSPIRED* Fellowship
The InSPIRED Fellowship is a highly selective opportunity for current educators to recruit students and young adults from target communities at the high school, community college or undergraduate level into the teaching profession. This fellowship has two goals:
- Increase the diversity of the teaching workforce in Massachusetts, and
- Increase the retention rates of current educators committed to a diverse workforce by creating a network of like-minded, committed teachers that can persist beyond the fellowship period.
The fellowship is designed to elevate the voices of current educators who can leverage on-the-ground community connections to more strategically recruit and incentivize young people to become teachers, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in the profession. The department is specifically looking for teachers who are closely connected to targeted communities. These connections may exist for a variety of reasons, including, for instance: growing up in the district, being a fluent speaker of the predominant in-home language of many of the students in that community, or being a first-generation college student.
The Department has selected the first diverse cohort of fellows who are leveraging their own personal story about entering and staying in the profession to cultivate interest from students and young adults in target districts.
Fellows are concentrating their efforts in the following districts: Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester. Plans are underway for a second cohort, but applications are not open yet. Please reach out to with any questions. EducatorDevelopment@doe.mass.edu
*In-service Professionals Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Below you will find links to a list of resources, including national and local Massachusetts programs focused on recruiting and retaining diverse educators. This information can be used to support school and/or district efforts to diversify the educator workforce and pipeline. These lists are intended to serve as a source for information; resources are not endorsed by the Department or any participating school or district. If you know of any promising programs or models, please email with the subject line: firstname.lastname@example.orgDiversifying the Educator Workforce.
National Models for Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce
Massachusetts Local Models for Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce