Welcome to the Office of Educator Effectiveness, housed within DESE's Center for Instructional Support. We are committed to the following:
Mission:We work to create the conditions that support the preparation, development, and retention of a diverse and effective educator workforce so that all of our students thrive.
Values:We in the Office of Educator Effectiveness are committed to each and every student in the Commonwealth thriving through access to diverse and effective educators, defined as educators who nurture and cultivate academic achievement, cultural and linguistic competence, sociopolitical awareness, and emotional intelligence.
Theory of Action:If we are consistent over time in interrogating, creating, and implementing policies and practices in partnership with school communities and in alignment with this mission and our values, then all students in MA public schools will have educators that nurture and cultivate academic achievement, cultural and linguistic competence, sociopolitical awareness, and emotional intelligence, thereby contributing to disrupt systemic inequities, in particular for Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, and Multiracial students and educators who have been most harmed through existing and historical policies and practices.
To achieve this mission, we focus on the following: Educator Preparation, Induction and Mentoring, Educator Evaluation, Equitable Access, educator assessments including the MTEL and its alternatives and PAL, Professional Learning, the supports provided in the Talent Guide, Equitable Access, and Teacher Leadership.
The monthly Educator Effectiveness Newsletter includes timely information, resources, and opportunities for Massachusetts schools, districts, and educator preparation providers in support of preparing, developing, and retaining a diverse and effective educator workforce, so that all of our students thrive. Click here to subscribe to our Educator Effectiveness Newsletter. Check out our newsletter archive to view previous issues.
Last Updated: November 29, 2023
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