Here in Western Massachusetts, we’ve been working hard to improve our schools—but we need to do even more to ensure that all our students get the world-class education they deserve. Though Massachusetts leads the nation in overall student performance, too many students are not getting the level of education they're entitled to.
Teach Western Mass—a new partnership founded by Holyoke Public Schools, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, and UP Education Networkm, with support from the Davis Family Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education—is bolstering the efforts of our hard-working educators by attracting more colleagues who are committed to becoming partners in change. Additionally, we're joined by several local charter schools including Baystate Academy Charter Public School; Libertas Academy Charter School; Phoenix Charter Academy; Springfield Prep Charter School; and Veritas Prep Charter School. Collectively, we represent 26 schools serving more than 11,000 students in Western Massachusetts.
We serve a diverse student population. Many families in our community arrive to Western Massachusetts from other states and countries seeking a better life. We have large populations of English Language Learners, students with special needs, and students from low-income families. Together we’re building a robust community of dedicated educators committed to ensuring that all students are on grade level and to providing our students with a vibrant education.
We are committed
Our teachers believe that all families—regardless of where they live or how much money they earn—have the right to a great education and a bright future for their children.
We are collaborative
Our teachers are part of a collaborative learning community where colleagues push each other to do their best work on behalf of students. We are testing new approaches to instruction and learning from one another along the way.
We are constantly learning
Our teachers welcome opportunities to practice and receive feedback on core instructional skills so they can continue to grow in the classroom.
Simply put, as a teacher in Western Massachusetts, you are not just part of a school—you're part of a community, where you can help drive the transformation of our schools. Collectively, we can ensure that all Western Massachusetts students have the skills they’ll need for success in college and beyond.