Educator Effectiveness

MA Guide to Building Supportive Talent Systems for Educators — 2021–2022

Moving into the 2021-2022 year, we continue to deal with the effects of a global health crisis and systemic racism, both within our schools and in society at large. As school- and district-level leaders grapple with this reality and countless other considerations, this guide aims to provide useful information and resources to help you support and sustain an engaged, committed and successful workforce.

The teachers and administrators in front of our students have great potential for disrupting patterns of inequity in our society, and hiring, assignment, support and development systems shape so much of how these educators enter, engage and thrive in this endeavor. It is our hope that the policy updates, considerations and resources provided in this guide will support you in navigating these systems.

Navigating the Guide

  • COVID-19 Considerations highlights practices and MA policies specific to the context of the public health emergency.
  • Best Practices elevates research-based strategies that are relevant in all circumstances, and may be particularly useful in the context of the pandemic.
  • While all content in the guide was written with antiracism in mind, Spotlight on Racial Equity highlights specific strategies and resources to consider in efforts to disrupt racism and racial inequity. We believe that until racial justice is authentically and meaningfully woven into the day-to-day of our education system, it needs to be spotlighted.
  • Questions to Consider notes additional questions to address or center in your planning and decision-making.
  • Additional Resources links to additional information and supports.

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Last Updated: August 2, 2021

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