CPDP provides a comprehensive approach to supporting the development of Boston community members into educators.

This approach consists of three connected experiences that: (1) provide a realistic job “preview” and exposure to content and key voices in the field of education, in Boston and within BPS, (2) support hands-on, practical experience of the content and interactions within BPS, and (3) work with program graduates to determine actions for pursuing a paraprofessional role within Boston Public Schools.

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the interest form below and you will be contacted when the application is open.


If you are interested in applying, please fill out the interest form below and you will be contacted when the application is open.To be eligible for CPDP, community members must:

  • Live in Boston;

  • Have at least 48 college credits;

  • Successfully pass a CORI/SORI background check; and

  • Have a passion for working with children from all backgrounds.

Who we Want

CPDP is designed to meet the needs of working adults. All CPDP sessions meet on Saturdays to accommodate the traditional workweek schedule. During the program, participants will have access to:

  • 17 professionally designed and delivered content sessions to aid in transitioning into paraprofessional roles;

  • Online learning (Open Class) for continued access to content;

  • Technology Goes Home (TGH) sponsored technology training and equipment (Chromebooks);

  • Program and registration support with the BPS Office of Adult Education and Community Services for enrollment in English and Adult Basic Education courses;

  • Support in developing an online professional portfolio;

  • Networking opportunities with invitations to attend the BPS ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Educators Program;

  • Experiential learning opportunities through informational interviews, job shadowing and BPS special programs;

  • Informal and formal interaction with BPS paraprofessionals, teachers and administrators;

  • Certificates of Completion from the BPS Office of Human Capital and Technology Goes Home; and

  • BPS MTEL Prep Courses.


CPDP is funded through the Office of Human Capital. Participants contribute by completing all requirements, attending all sessions, and developing a professional portfolio. Due to our partnership with Technology Goes Home, participants will be required to complete the 15-hour TGH course and pay the $50 participation fee in order to receive a personal Chromebook laptop. 

Program Costs

How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in the BPS Community Paraprofessional Development (CPDP) Program. Please complete the form below and we will email you the 4th CPDP cohort application once it is available.


For more information about this exciting program, see our Frequently Asked Questions, email