The Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition is a new effort to identify barriers to classroom paraprofessionals becoming teachers. Comprised of 25 regional organizations, the Coalition seeks to transform the teacher pipeline and create an educational workforce more representative of students of diverse backgrounds. By offering a "career pathways" approach to meeting the needs of paraprofessionals, the Coalition will forge a model to change how new highly qualified teachers are developed.
The Western Massachusetts Math Partnership (WMMP), established in 2010, is dedicated to supporting mathematics education from kindergarten through college in western Massachusetts. Through the WMMP, faculty from more than ten school districts and ten colleges and universities collaborate in professional learning communities and institutes on math and math teaching. The WMMP 2017 Fall Institute will be held on November 4th at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School and is now open for registration.
Doors to the World: Global Children's Literature for Critical Multiliteracies offers professional development and accessible web-based resources that PreK to grade 3 educators can use to promote global literacy through critical engagement with culture as represented in children's picture books. Doors to the World East Asia: Teaching China, Japan and Korea with Global Children's Literature took place July 9-14, 2017, bringing together 18 teachers and librarians from across the U.S. to learn about East Asian languages, histories, and cultures, and about how to integrate that knowledge into their teaching.
Teaching Native American Histories, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute for teachers, took place July 16-28, 2017 in the Wampanoag homelands of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Led by Alice Nash of the UMass History Department and Linda Coombs, program director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center, 24 teachers from around the country participated in the 2017 program. Native and non-Native scholars illuminated histories and issues organized around five themes: place, identity, land, historical trauma, and classroom resources, while engaging in-depth with Wampanoag communities. We hope to offer the institute again in 2019.