New England Secondary School Consortium

Diversifying the Educator Workforce in Vermont

Following the release of the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Increasing the Racial, Ethnic, and Linguistic Diversity of the Educator Workforce in August 2020, a group of Vermonters is working to harness the collective will and ideas. In this space, we will share resources, events, networking meetings, and other opportunities to learn with and from one another.

Our first such learning opportunity is a series of webinars that will take place this fall and winter. Please join for a three-part webinar series aimed at unpacking the recommendations of the recent NESSC report and at developing a community of practice whose collective goal is to increase the diversity of Vermont’s educator workforce. This series is hosted by the Vermont Task Force for Diversifying the Educator Workforce & the Great Schools Partnership.

  1. Tuesday, November 17, 2020; 3:30-4:30 pm et. In this webinar, we will explore the Grounding Principles upon which the recommendations were constructed. [ View the recording  |  Download the slides]
  2. Tuesday, December 15, 2020; 3:30-4:30 pm et. In this webinar, we will outline key strategies for retaining, supporting, and promoting racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse educators of color.
  3. Tuesday, January 12, 2020; 3:30-4:30 pm et. In this webinar, we will review recommendations for cultivating an interest in the profession, streamlining certification, and recruiting and hiring educators of color.


To learn more about our work, to share ideas, or to join our coalition of committed partners, please contact any member of our Task Force:

Xusana Davis, Executive Director for Racial Equity, State of Vermont

Jess DeCarolis, Division Director, Vermont Agency of Education

Martha Deiss, Global Citizen Specialist, Vermont Agency of Education

Flor Diaz Smith, Vice Chair, Washington Central Unified School District

Erin Maguire, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Essex-Westford School District

Caitlin Steele, Director of Teaching and Learning, Addison Central School District


The following organizations and agencies are committed to increasing the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the educator workforce in Vermont. Our collective efforts build upon the recent work of New England Secondary Education Consortium’s Task Force on Diversifying the Educator Workforce.