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Paradigm Shift, an initiative helping Black and Latinx para-educators to become licensed K-12 teachers in western Massachusetts, has published Leveraging the Power of Coalition for Teacher Diversity: Lessons and Recommendations from the Paradigm Shift Initiative. With leadership from Five College Partnership Programs and the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition of Western Massachusetts, the program is serving over 50 participants and has 10 graduates. The initiative collaborates with principals and other administrators in partner school districts to create institutional changes that support the recruitment and retention of a diverse teacher workforce. The important work of Paradigm Shift has also been highlighted in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and on New England Public Radio.

Five College Partnership Programs continues its collaboration on the four-year UMass Amherst-Springfield Public Schools Research-Practice Partnership (RPP): Computer Science for All Springfield, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Building on two years of planning under a 2016-2018 NSF EAGER grant, the goal of the partnership is to design, assess, and implement lessons integrating computational thinking standards into subject matter teaching in grades K-5. From 2018-2021, integrated computer science lessons for grades K through 5 were developed and piloted, and are now being implemented throughout Springfield Public Schools. Annie Leonard serves as the RPP Coordinator on behalf of Five Colleges, Inc.

Are you a para-educator of color in Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst, or Northampton? Looking for guidance on how to become a licensed teacher?

Paradigm Shift is here to help you. We're excited to announce the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition's initiative to help Black and Latinx para-educators to become teachers. Check out our Paradigm Shift website designed to guide you through the process or contact Danielle Phillips, Paradigm Shift Program Coordinator.