About Paradigm Shift

Our goal is to create a more diverse teacher workforce.

We at Paradigm Shift believe it’s important for students to see themselves in their teachers. We represent a coalition of school districts, colleges and universities, unions, workforce agencies, and community organizations actively working together to help Black and Latino/Latina para-educators become teachers. Para-educators represent our diverse communities and have valuable classroom experience. Many want to become teachers but may need help navigating the system. We provide hands-on support and guidance to help them make their way through graduate school, teacher licensure testing and on to where they are needed most—at the front of the classroom.

Amherst-Pelham Educators Association

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

Collaborative for Educational Services

The Community Education Project

Five College Consortium

Franklin Hampshire Employment & Training Consortium

Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board

Green River Research

Greenfield Community College

Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Paraprofessionals Association

Holyoke Public Schools

Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start Inc.

Home City Housing

Interaction Institute for Social Change

Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative

Mount Holyoke College

New North Citizens' Council

Northampton Association of School Employees

Northampton Public Schools

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc.

Springfield College

Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals

Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc.

Springfield Public Schools

Springfield Technical Community College

Teach Western Mass

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Urban League of Springfield, Inc.

Westfield State University

Members of Paradigm Shift

This program is generously supported by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Innovation Fund, the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, and the Beveridge Family Foundation.