Paradigm Shift

Building Pathways for Black and Latinx Para-educators to Become Licensed Teachers

Paradigm Shift is a Partnership-led collaborative effort to support black and Latino classroom paraprofessionals to become teachers. Comprised of 25 organizations including school districts, educator unions, teacher preparation programs, and workforce development groups representing Amherst, Northampton, Holyoke, and Springfield, the Coalition seeks to transform the teacher pipeline and create an educational workforce more representative of and responsive to students in the communities served by their schools. Increasing the diversity of teachers working in our schools in turn strengthens educational access, opportunities, and outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other students of diverse backgrounds throughout our region.

The Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition Membership

Workforce development areas:

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County

  • CareerPoint, Holyoke
  • FutureWorks, Springfield

Franklin-Hampshire Regional Employment Board

  • Franklin-Hampshire Career Center

Public school districts:

Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools

Holyoke Public Schools

Northampton Public Schools

Springfield Public Schools

Educator unions:

Amherst-Pelham Education Association

Holyoke Paraprofessionals Association

Northampton Association of School Employees

Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals

Educator preparation and support organizations:

Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton

Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, Springfield

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley

Springfield College, Springfield

University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education, Amherst

Teach Western Mass, Holyoke and Springfield

Westfield State University, Westfield

Community colleges:

Greenfield Community College, Greenfield

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield

Community organizations:

The Community Education Project, Holyoke

Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Headstart, Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield

Home City Housing, Springfield

New North Citizens' Council, Inc., Springfield

Springfield Partners for Community Action, Springfield

The Urban League, Springfield


The Five College Schools Partnership, Five College Consortium, Amherst

For more information, contact:

Marla Solomon, Director of Five College Partnership Programs,

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