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Sontag Prize in Education

Award Opportunity!


The Sontag Prize in Education is an annual award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding educators. Sontag Prize recipients receive a $4,000 honorarium, and first-time recipients receive professional development prior to an Acceleration Academy week.


Educators who are selected for and accept the Sontag Prize expand their impact by committing to teach in an Acceleration Academy, a week-long academic program designed to accelerate student learning through engaging, standards-aligned lessons. The Acceleration Academies take place during February and April school vacations, with the academies in February traditionally focused on English language arts and academies in April focused on math and science.


Educators interested in applying for the Sontag Prize should visit the Sontag Prize in Education webpage. Applications are due on Sunday, November 13, 2022. Anyone with questions about the Sontag Prize and Acceleration Academies is asked to please email and write “2023 Sontag Prize” in the email’s subject line.


JET Field Report: "Achieving Diversity & Equity: Paraeducator Pathways to College Success & The Teaching Profession"

“JET’s first field report provides a program evaluation summary, highlights our impact on school districts, includes voices of paraeducators and education partners, and describes our flagship mentoring model. The report outlines recommendations and future opportunities to advance diversity and equity in underserved communities, pointing to the ways that Massachusetts and other states can rethink our approach to educator recruitment and retention.”

Workshop: White People Challenging Racism

For more information, visit their website here.

Scholarship Opportunities

Interested in learning about scholarship programs that are available to your students during the 2021 school year?

Sign up for the Scholarship Guidance weekly newsletter! It includes multiple programs with a wide range of available awards. Deadlines range from May 31st to August 31st.

Click here to learn more:

Affinity Groups

Claudia Foxtree’s MAALANA Group:

For more information, please email

Currently, the group is meeting virtually once a month.
Please join at:
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 947 4138 9914

Creating Welcoming Environments

Information for SPED Teachers

Schools for Children presents Take the Next Step: Conversations About Transition, a free three-part webinar series with advice and tips on creating a successful path to college, work and more for high school students with learning and other challenges.

The sessions:
Making a Successful Transition, Tues., Nov. 17, 2020
College Bound, Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020
Work and More, Tues. Jan. 12, 2021 – 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST

Sessions will take place via Zoom.

Registration is required:

Questions? Contact Denise Moorehead at

* DESE Emergency Licensure

In light of COVID-19, Governor Baker has signed special legislation to provide increased availability to licensure for the 2020-2021 academic school year.  Please see the link below to DESE’s website for more information.

FREE Webinars


  • The Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth is also offering a variety of remote workshops for educators and school/district leaders about sustaining equity and access during this time of virtual learning. Please see the link for more information about individual workshops, dates/times, and registration links –


  • VISIONS Webinars – for more info, please click here


  • PACE Workshops – for more info, please click here



Teachers, administrators, specialists, and support staff needs to acquire licenses in order to work in public schools in Massachusetts.  Please follow the link below in order to learn more about the types of licenses, requirements, and various steps one must take in order to navigate this process.
This next link is a great tool to help you learn more about the requirements specific to your needs.  Here you enter your category, field, grade, type, and info about your situation in order to be directed to a personally curated page that details the steps and requirements you should be working towards.

Educator Preparation Programs

Please follow the link below in order to view a list of state-approved educator preparation programs.  These include higher education institutions, public school districts, collaboratives, and other methods in which you can find the program that is the best fit for you.
This next link is a great tool to help you find a program that best suits your interests and needs.  Here you are able to search via type of educator license you are pursuing, teaching level, type of program, and location, as well as by entering an address and finding programs that are within a close proximity.

Paraprofessionals Hiring Requirements

If you would like to gain more experience in education before pursuing a teaching license, becoming a paraprofessional is a fantastic opportunity.  Please follow the link below in order to learn more about the requirements necessary for this position.

School & District Profiles

Massachusetts collects information from its schools and districts annually.  Please follow the link below in order to learn more information about schools and districts that you may be interested in applying too.

Equitable Access

Massachusetts is working to close the equity gap that currently exists in our education system.  Please follow the link below in order to learn more about the work that is currently being done in our state to accomplish this goal.