Hiring & Employment Practices In Support of Equity

The district has established specific goals and is taking steps to ensure that our Hiring & Employment Practices are equitable for all. Please refer to Human Resources webpages for additional information.

  • All students regardless of race, economic status, English language proficiency will have equitable access to diverse high quality educators and school leaders
  • Leverage teacher evaluation system to clarify expectations and evaluate teacher competence with culturally proficient and culturally responsive teaching practices

Action Steps and Implementation
  • Prioritize diversification of staff:
    • Participated in 5 diversity job fairs
    • Created new recruitment materials
    • Joined the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education organization 
    • Attended METCO career fair with a high school student to recruit staff of color
    • Formed Diversity Committee and met in December 2018; Committee consists of administrators and teachers
    • Set up a Recruitment Google Calendar to support the DLT (District Leadership Team) in attending a variety of events
  • Review and update Hiring practices:
    • Shadow hiring practices at the school level
    • Consistent use of questions in interview process to understand candidates and experience, skills, facility and work with diverse populations
  • Develop Retention practices:
    • Created working group to assist in the formation of MALANA (Multi-racial, African American, Latinx, Asian and Native American) group
    • Established a MALANA's professional learning opportunity with the support of Dr. Maureen Walker
  • Train evaluators on what to look for:
    • During 3 District Leadership Team meetings, reviewed those aspects of evaluation that are directly tied to our equity work; in small groups, DLT shared dilemmas and worked in teams to develop new perspective on the work
  • Develop tools to support process of observation:
    • Support for Goals and Action Steps
    • Resources have been included in the HR Newsletter to support this work

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