JET is celebrating! The FY20 Massachusetts state budget is finally in place, and JET is a part of it!Read More
The JET kickoff event in Worcester was hosted by the Worcester State University’s (WSU) Education Department. The purpose of this kickoff was three-fold: to confirm the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation grant and admission status of the JET participants; to provide a good understanding of the JET program, including a review of both program and participant commitments; and to strengthen the network among participants and encourage the building of a cohort.Read More
JET has returned to the southcoast urban school districts of Fall River and New Bedford, after several years of absence, to help paraprofessionals, who want to become licensed teachers in their communities, complete their bachelor’s degrees and teacher licensure.Read More
On June 12, JET staff welcomed its first cohort of 13 Brockton paraprofessionals. These paras had completed the JET onboarding processes of successful financial aid approval and college admissions. We were also joined by Human Resource Director and Assistant Director from the Brockton Public Schools.
On June 8, JET held the ‘End of Program Year’ seminar at the Boston Teachers Union. The attendees were current members for BPS JET Cohorts 1, 2, 3, members of new Cohort 4, JET seminar faculty, JET mentors, and JET Program staff.Read More
Over the last few months, I had the opportunity to speak to one of our JET mentors as well as one of our JET mentees who have been a part of our mentorship program this past year.Read More
JET is expanding its services in Boston and now to Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield. This increased interest within a year’s time speaks volumes about the need for JET to provide access, affordability and mentoring for school paraprofessionals who endeavor to become licensed teachers in their respective communities.Read More
On Thursday, April 18, 2019 Boston Public School Paras of the JET Program visited The Museum of African American History (MAAH) during their school vacation week. The museum is known for its unique displays from some of the nation’s preeminent National Landmarks located in Boston and Nantucket. The museum featured the life and career of Frederick Douglass who was an abolitionist and orator.Read More
Recently, Sam and I had the chance to speak with members of JET’s Mentoring Program. We spoke with two mentors and one mentee. See below for their experience with the JET Mentoring Program!Read More
JET Presents at the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education Forum (MPDE) February 13, 2019, Regis CollegeRead More
Thursday, February 7, 4:30-5:15; 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 4:30-5:15; 5:30-6:15 p.m.Read More
The research is accumulating on the importance of a diverse teaching workforce as this article presents. It highlights the positive outcomes for students of color when they have a teacher who looks like them. It also notes ways to increase diversity within the teaching workforce. JET is doing this work, and the article illuminates the "why" behind our work. Happy reading!Read More
CONGRATULATIONS to EMMANUEL and DEBORAH!!
JET proudly reports that two of its participants in the Boston Public Schools completed their bachelor’s degrees in December 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. One of them also has passed all the necessary MTELs for teacher licensure in Early Childhood. Please read their stories below.Read More
On December 15, 2018, we had our second JET seminar of the academic year. The topic of “Implicit Bias” was introduced by seminar faculty, Casel Walker. Aside from enjoying a holiday potluck and discussing ways in which JET can continue to grow and develop with the help of Janet Smith, the newly engaged outside Program Evaluator for JET, we spent much of our time discussing our own implicit biases and how they can manifest within an educational setting. Though this was only the first part of a series that will continue in February 2019, we felt as if two overarching themes emerged from this seminar: don’t judge a book by its cover; and the need to look inward in order to effectively teach.Read More
A report by Ingersoll, Merrill, Stuckey, and Collins from the University of Pennsylvania (2018), Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force – Updated October 2018, analyzed various data sources to answer the question of whether or not the teaching workforce has changed between 1987 and 2016. They found and noted seven particular ways in which the teaching force has changed during this time. Specifically, they said that the teaching workforce has become: grayer, greener, larger, more female, more diverse (by race and ethnicity), consistent in academic ability, and unstable (Ingersoll et. al, 2018). Of particular interest to me were the researchers’ thoughts on how the teaching workforce has become grayer, greener, larger, more female, and more diverse. What exactly do they mean when they say the teaching force has changed in these ways, and what are the implications for JET? Read more to find out.Read More
As a new intern with the JET program, I was unsure what to expect when I walked into the room at Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury on Saturday, October 13. Of course I understood JET’s mission and all the wonderful things the program does to support paraprofessionals in the Boston area; however, I had yet to see our cohorts and program in action.Read More
Currently, the teacher workforce in the United States is predominantly white, despite the growing diversity in the student body (Lindsay, Blom, & Tilsley, 2017). Many researchers have noted the positive results associated with having the diversity of students reflected in their teachers.Read More
The Massachusetts Educator Licensure regulations and requirements are never quite the same year to year. That’s why I consider that it is very important, as a prospective teacher, stay current on the requirements to become a teacher in Massachusetts.Read More
JET is excited to announce that it has received funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. JET receives its funds through the Department of Higher Education. The Department also administers the Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher Grant, which JET participants use to complete undergraduate course work for their bachelor’s degrees and become teachers.Read More
"I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and the main thing that was holding me back was the financial burden." Learn about Emmanuel's experience as a JET program participant and how JET is helping him achieve his dream.Read More