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Teacher Diversity is Teacher Quality: An Evidence and Action Event Series

June 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Event Summary

A new book, “Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom” makes clear the necessity and opportunity of recruiting and supporting individuals of color in the teaching profession. But will Massachusetts meet the moment and take action to pass the Educator DIversity Act? Join Boston University’s Wheelock Educational Policy Center, Latinos for Education and The Education Trust for a virtual event exploring the research and policy recommendations that could improve the quality of our teaching workforce for all kids in the state.

During the event, we will hear from two of the book’s authors as well as Massachusetts advocates, educators and policymakers. Featured speakers include:

Book Authors:

  • Seth Gershenson, Associate professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University
  • Constance Lindsay, Assistant professor of Education Leadership in the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Panel (including Book Authors):

  • Moderator: Chairman Frank Moran, Representative for the 17th Essex District
  • Amanda Fernandez, CEO and Co-Founder of Latinos for Education
  • Dr Noemi Custodia Lora, Northern Essex Community College, Vice President

Want to keep the conversation going? Join us for one or more focused deep dive events as we explore research, policy and practice specific to the experience and efforts in Massachusetts. See below for more info.

Event Giveaway: All registrants will be eligible to receive one of five copies of Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom as well as a discount code to purchase the book if you’re not one of the randomly selected winners.

Deep Dive Sessions

As an extension of the main event on June 22nd, we invite participants to dig in with us a little further to explore specific facets of the research and policies shaping the experiences of individuals of color entering and staying in the teaching profession. Each of the sessions below will pair research insights alongside voices and perspectives of current educators of color. They are intended to be brief (just 30 minutes!) but insightful and action-focused as we seek to shift the demographics of our workforce in service of better outcomes for our kids. Registering for the main event will automatically provide access to these events. All events in the series will be recorded and available post-event.

Racial Diversity in the Teacher Pipeline: Evidence from Massachusetts

June 23rd 2:30-3:00pm

Researchers Melanie Ruscinki and Joshua Goodman will share findings from their analysis examining the racial composition at each step of the Massachusetts educator pipeline  and we will hear from MA educators part of the InSPIRED Fellowship program about their own experience entering the profession and recruiting others to it. Moderated by Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, Chair for Teaching and Learning at Boston University.

A Classroom Observer Like Me: Effects of Race & Gender-Matches in Teacher Observations

June 24th 3:30-4:00pm

Researcher Olivia Chi will share findings from a study that examines whether teachers receive higher classroom observation scores as a result of sharing race or gender with their observers and individuals from the Massachusetts Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets who have been discussing a re-envisioned approach to evaluation in the state. Moderated by Stefany Tomlinson, Assistant Director for Instructional Support at the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education 


Use the link above to easily communicate with your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to support the Educator Diversity Act, HD.3641/SD.2208: An Act Relative to Educator Diversity. 


June 22
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm