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 Latinx para-educators and teachers on a waiver become fully licensed teachers. Para-educators represent our diverse communities and have valuable classroom experience. Many want to become teachers but may need help navigating the system.
In close collaboration with school leaders, we recruit Black and Latinx para-educators and teachers on a waiver who hold bachelor’s degrees to become licensed teachers. Paradigm Shift offers hands-on support and guidance to help these PS Participants on their journeys through graduate school and teacher licensure testing. We work with their districts to improve retention practices so our new teachers want to stay where they are needed most —at the front of the classroom.
Free Support for our PS Participants
In-person MTEL test prep
Online MTEL test prep
Reimbursement for MTEL fees
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 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