On Friday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced the districts and educators selected to participate in:
....Influence 100 launched Friday, October 11, the same day that DESE began the second cohort of InSPIRED fellows...Both Influence 100 and the InSPIRED fellows aim to diversify the Commonwealth’s educator workforce. Approximately 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s public school students are students of color, but only 8 percent of teachers and 4 percent of superintendents identify themselves that way.Influence 100 thus is intended to add to those working towards a superintendency in Massachusetts, while the inSPIRED fellows work to expand the teaching force.
The Department stressed:
To be selected for Influence 100, district superintendents and school committees had to demonstrate a strong commitment to the program and its goals.The districts participating?
That's it for the W's.
This is the Worcester Public Schools' student body:
Here is the Worcester Public Schools' teacher corps:
Worcester does have a single teacher (out of the teaching staff of over 3000?) participating in inSPIRED.
One doesn't expect the district to participate in every initiative the state creates, but it is difficulty not to see this as connected to the same resistence to working on the lived reality of students and teachers that was also expressed at Thursday's Legislative breakfast.