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Brockton Public School Paraprofessionals Join the JET Program!

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.


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JET Expanding to Increase Teacher Diversity in MA

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.

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Implicit Bias is JET December Seminar Topic

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.

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State Funding for JET – September 2018

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.

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JET Goes to the State House

Who says JET Participants don’t know how to have fun and learn at the same time? Well, on Wednesday, April 18, five of us had a chance to have a ‘private’ walking tour of the state house, meet with State Representative Chynah Tyler of the 7th Suffolk district, and have a late lunch at Sterling’s restaurant on State Street.

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Connecting a JET Paraprofessional to her very Specialized Teaching Goal

Jenn Kelley has worked as a paraprofessional for over 10 years at Charlestown High School, which also happens to be her alma mater.  She is a special education paraprofessional and loves working one-on-one with severely disabled special needs students to help them access the classroom curriculum.

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JET Boston’s First Licensed Teacher!

Tatiana is the first JET Boston participant to receive her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) and earn teacher licensure.  Tatiana joined JET in 2017 as a paraprofessional and was part of JET Boston Cohort 1.  She already was well along in her undergraduate program at the time, but JET helped her access the Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation (PTP) Grant, which would pay for most of her course expenses in 2017-2018. 

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