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MA Guide to Building Supportive Talent Systems for Educators — 2023–2024

This guide provides useful information and resources to support districts in developing and sustaining a workforce that is diverse, culturally responsive, well-prepared, and committed to continuous improvement, so that all students have equitable access to effective educators.

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

  • Current Considerations highlights practices and MA policies specific to the context of this school year.
  • Best Practices elevates research-based strategies.
  • While all content in the guide is written through an antiracist lens, 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.

Please contact us at with questions, feedback, or for additional support and partnership around any of the practices and resources included in this guide.

Last Updated: November 17, 2023

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