aMAzing Educators

Diversity in Education

The InSPIRED* Fellowship

The Department is pleased to launch the InSPIRED Fellowship, a highly-selective opportunity for current teachers to recruit students from target communities at the high-school, community college or undergraduate level into the teaching profession. This fellowship is designed around two goals:

  • Increase the diversity of the teaching workforce in Massachusetts.
  • 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 Department is hoping to elevate the voices of current teachers 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. We are 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 hopes to select a diverse cohort of fellows who can leverage their own personal story about entering and staying in the profession to cultivate interest from students in target districts.

Fellows will concentrate efforts in the following districts: Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester. We highly encourage teachers from these districts, in particular teachers from diverse backgrounds, to apply today! Please reach out to with any questions.

Applications close on December 13, 2018. Apply today!

To nominate a great candidate for the fellowship, please visit InSPIRED Fellowship Nominations 2018-2019. Nominees will receive an email from DESE inviting them to apply!

View the application Download PDF Document. Please note, applicants must submit an application online.

*In-service Professionals Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Diversity in Education Task Force

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse and culturally proficient educator workforce. As part of this commitment, the Department launched a "Diversity Initiative" proposal and convened a group of experts, known as the Massachusetts Advocates for Diversity in Education Task Force (MADE), to advise the Department on how to support districts to more effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and develop the cultural proficiency of the educator workforce. The task force submitted recommendations to the Department, and the Department responded with an action plan.


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Diversity Task Force Report
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Full Description of Task Force Recommendations
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Department's Action Plan in Response to the Diversity Task Force Recommendations


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: Diversifying the Educator Workforce.

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National Models for Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce
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Massachusetts Local Models for Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce

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