Posts tagged paraprofessional
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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JET Goes to the Museum of African American History

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.

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Diverse teachers matter: A report on recent research

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!

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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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Report Review: 7 Trends in the Teaching Force and the Implications for JET

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.

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JET "What is a Cohort" Seminar Reflection

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.

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How to become a teacher in Massachusetts: Five things to know.

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.

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