Diversity in BPS
Boston Public schools is quickly becoming one of the most diverse school districts in the country: Our 57,000 students reflect Boston’s vibrant blend of cultures, representing 140 countries and speaking 80 languages. 86 percent of our students identify as black, Latino or Asian. All of them deserve an exceptional education—and access to great teachers who come from as many different cultures and heritages as they do.
That’s why we’re committed to building a teaching force that is not only the most talented in the nation, but also celebrates and reflects the rich diversity of our students. We’ve worked hard over the last several years to attract promising teachers who are culturally, racially and linguistically diverse, and give them the support they need to build a successful career here in BPS. And while these efforts have started to pay off—37 percent of BPS teachers are teachers of color, compared to 17 percent nationally—we have more work to do.
To build on this progress, we’re expanding the number of paths into the classroom, so that we can attract top candidates at multiple points in their educational and professional careers. This includes a new, BPS-operated fellowship for accomplished professionals and recent college graduates who are deeply invested in the success of Boston’s students—such as local residents and current BPS employees—to develop fundamental teaching skills and earn their teaching license through an intensive selection and training process. We’re also committed to building a diverse central team capable of supporting teachers of every background; in fact, 50 percent of the BPS leadership team are people of color, a much higher proportion than national averages for district leadership.
We’re also providing resources and career opportunities to support the long-term success of our educators. In monthly information and networking gatherings sponsored by The BPS ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Educators Program, new teachers of color network with new and experienced teachers to share expertise and experiences and to plan for career advancement. The BPS Male Educators of Color Executive Coaching Program (MEOC), a 15-month leadership development program, develops BPS male educators of color interested in pursuing leadership roles in BPS. To apply to be a member of the 2016 MEOC Program please complete the Intent to Apply form. For more information about this exciting program examine this overview.
Through our focus on diversity, we aim to create a district in which all students and teachers, no matter where they come from, can flourish. If you’re ready to make a profound difference for students and are inspired by our vision for a more vibrant, more inclusive BPS, join us.