May 11, 2020

BPS Accelerated Community to Teacher Program (ACTT) - 2020-2021 Cohort

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  • Boston, MA, USA

Job Description


The Office of Human Capital is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining a racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse group of highly effective and culturally proficient teachers and principals every year. We continue to focus our efforts on three key "levers" for human capital reform: Cultivate and Recruit, Hire Early, and Develop and Retain. These levers remain at the center of our strategy for accelerating student learning. The OHC's Recruitment, Cultivation & Diversity Programs (RCD) combines talent acquisition and cultivation, pipeline development, and diversity programs to better support candidates and employees from recruitment throughout their careers.


The Accelerated Community to Teacher (ACTT) Program is a part of an overarching strategy to increase the diversity of exemplary educators in the district's teacher pipeline. The ACTT Program prepares racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse educators to become teachers with a preliminary license in a single content area including, but not limited to, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Mathematics, Science, English, History, or Humanities.

Working in a cohort, participants will develop their teaching skills under the tutelage of highly-skilled BPS teachers and community partners through a rigorous, interactive, and hands-on experience. Participants will prepare a competency-based portfolio and complete a practicum in a BPS school. Upon completion of the program, participants may be eligible to earn up to six graduate credits towards completion of a Master's degree.

Who is Eligible?
  • Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree by September 2021
  • Applicants must demonstrate a passion for teaching in K0-12 settings
    • The program does not currently support candidates seeking only SPED or ESL licensure
  • Applicants must reside in Greater Boston
    • (Priority to Boston residents and BPS employees - BPS paraprofessionals or substitute teachers are highly encouraged to apply)
  • Applicants must pass a background check via fingerprinting, Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)
  • Applicants must demonstrate significant commitment to working with students in an urban setting
  • Applicants must be able to fulfill all components of this intensive year-long program (see dates below)
  • Applicants who reflect the racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of our students are encouraged to apply.

Important Selection dates:
    • Round I - Online application and supporting documents due by May 7, 2020
    • Round I
    • - Phone Interviews: May 8-15, 2020 (based on invitation)
    • Round II
    • - Virtual Interview/Demo Lesson (based on invitation) on Saturday May 16, 2020 & Saturday May 23, 2020, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Candidates are encouraged to hold both dates/times available
  • Cohort Selection Announcement: No later than Monday, June 8, 2020

Round II and Round III are by invitation only

Course Obligations:
  • Program Orientation on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Attend MTEL Prep courses during the summer, July-August. Dates TBD based on cohort needs.
  • Program Course Schedule: 2-3 Saturdays per month from 9:00am to 3:00pm (September 2020- June 2021)
    • Consistent attendance at all ACTT sessions and related program events
    • Required 20-hour practicum to be completed between February 2021 -May 2021
  • Ongoing development and completion of a teaching portfolio
  • Must take and pass all appropriate MTELs to complete certification
    • (MTEL preparation support will be available during the summer of 2020 and on weekday evenings during the school year for cohort members requiring additional support)
  • Participants must hold a preliminary licensure in their subject area by July 1, 2021.

How to Apply?

A complete online application includes the following:
ResumeAn official or unofficial undergraduate transcrip showing courses taken in the content area (if applicable) and grades/GPA.Short written responses that are clear, concise, and free from grammatical and/or spelling errors.Three professional/educational references (Please use this recommendation form)
If bachelor's degree was earned outside of the US, applicant must submit a US Equivalency Evaluation of their credentials.


All application materials must be received. If you have questions, please email the selection committee at the following email address [email protected]

Please be prepared to answer the following five short answer questions using the online application.

What subject area and grade level do you want to teach? (please specify one of the following: Early Childhood (PreK-2), Elementary Education (1-6), Secondary Science, Secondary Math, Secondary ELA/Humanities) What life experiences have contributed to your desire to become an educator? (200 words maximum)Why do you want to teach in the Boston Public Schools? (200 words maximum)Teaching in a diverse, urban school district such as Boston's requires an awareness of the dynamics of power, privilege, and structural racism. What experiences have shaped your awareness of these dynamics and inequities?

  • Position Type: Full-time
Equal Opportunity Employer
Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
Contact Information
  • Boston Public Schools, Office of Human Capital
  • 2300 Washington Street
  • Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

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