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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 paraeducators and teachers on a waiver become fully licensed teachers. Paraeducators 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 paraeducators 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

  • MTEL Tutors

  • 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 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.

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