The New England Secondary School Consortium would like to thank the members of the Task Force on Diversifying the Educator Workforce for sharing their time, expertise, heart, vulnerability, and their deep thinking throughout the months of task force meetings and in writing this report. It is because of their collective commitment that this report was born, and it is through their collective impact that the educator workforce across New England will become increasingly racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse. This work we are engaged in together is not, and was not, easy but it matters deeply to the students of New England and to the success of the region as a whole. It would not have been possible in any way without the members of this task force bringing their whole selves to this work.
Jess DeCarolis and Ventura Rodriguez served as co-chairs of this task force. Their thoughtful and courageous leadership set the foundation for the work of the task force and the creation of this report. In many ways, they are the model for courageous leaders everywhere who want to engage in this work. We are deeply grateful for everything they have brought to this process.
We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to all of the people and organizations that made it possible for the members of the task force to participate in this process over the last several months and to the team at the Great Schools Partnership for their convening and facilitation of this task force. This report would not have been possible without the support of our funders, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.