Task Force Process
In May of 2019, the NESSC Leads—the staff members in each state agency in New England who lead the work of the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC)—met to decide on the priority areas for the 2019-2020 year of work together. The NESSC Leads conversation was facilitated by the Great Schools Partnership support team. The conversation centered around identifying work that was both critical to improving student achievement and increasing educational equity, and that would be improved and accelerated through a collaborative effort. Diversifying the educator workforce was immediately selected as a topic that fit those qualifications. Additionally, the NESSC Leads determined that a task force structure would be the best way to collectively work on diversifying the educator workforce. Below is the formal charge that the NESSC set for the Task Force on Diversifying the Educator Workforce.
Building upon several ongoing state-level strategies, this task force will:
NESSC Leads determined priorities for the 2019-2020 year, identifying diversifying the educator workforce as a high-leverage topic that would be particularly important to explore together through a regional task force.
July – August 2019
Each NESSC state identified and secured participation from 3-8 leaders in diversifying the educator workforce in their state to participate in the task force. Jess DeCarolis, Division Director at the Vermont Agency of Education and Ventura Rodriguez, Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education were identified as co-chairs of the task force. The co-chairs and GSP coordinating team collected best practices, research, and policies regarding regional, state, and local strategies to diversify the educator workforce.
October 10, 2019
Video Conference Call #1
During the first meeting, the task force met via Zoom to outline the problem and process. Participants were introduced to best practices collected by GSP, invited to add practices or policies, and tasked with reading these materials in preparation for the first in-person meeting.
October 23, 2019
In-Person Meeting #1
The task force met for the first time in-person and invested time in building our community and understanding the story of each of the New England states. We also began to identify themes and promising practices.
October 30 – November 17, 2019
GSP staff and co-chairs created minutes and summaries from the first meeting and brought together initial promising practices. We also continued to refine the process moving forward.
November 18, 2019
Video Conference Call #2
GSP staff and task force co-chairs brought forward initial summaries and promising practices for feedback and tuning.
November 19 – December 18, 2019
GSP staff and co-chairs worked together to incorporate feedback into a second draft of promising practices and to create an agenda for the second in-person meeting.
December 19, 2019
In-Person Meeting #2
December 20, 2019-January 12, 2020
GSP staff and co-chairs worked to combine all of the feedback into one draft, make edits and changes that had garnered consensus, and plan the final in-person meeting.
January 13, 2020
In-Person Meeting #3
The task force met and continued to build their community. The bulk of the meeting was spent as a whole group coming to consensus on the grounding principles of the report and finalizing the report structure and framework.
January 14-March 15, 2020
GSP staff, co-chairs, and task force members worked virtually to create drafts of the report, provide feedback, and incorporate feedback into a complete draft and final framework.
April 28-May 29, 2020
State Team Draft Feedback Video Conference Calls
A series of six separate hour-long sessions with each state’s delegation was held during the spring to gather task force members’ feedback on the completed draft.
June 26, 2020
GSP staff and co-chairs reviewed the final draft, which was approved for final publication.
August 18, 2020
Final report was published.