MTA member-educators: Share your thoughts and opinions on educator licensure with DESE

Beginning in late May, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a series of focus groups to get feedback from public school educators on the topic of educator licensure. The goal is to get input on fundamental and aspirational questions about the Commonwealth’s licensure system.


Topics include:

  • What should be the purpose of a license?
  • What role can licensure serve in attracting and retaining great teachers?
  • What should be required to earn or renew a license?
  • Should licensure play a role in career pathways and opportunities?

To provide a forum for a wide diversity of thought, DESE has partnered with The Keystone Center, an independent nonprofit organization with expertise in engaging stakeholders and the public on important, complex issues. Keystone will facilitate focus groups throughout the state to hear from teachers, school leaders, district leaders, educator preparation program faculty and staff and others involved in preparing and supporting teachers. Input from these meetings will directly inform the development of options for a revised educator licensure system.

As practitioners who will be directly impacted by changes to licensure, MTA member-educators are invited to join the conversation. Refreshments will be provided. There is no fee to attend or participate in either of these focus groups.

Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, June 17, 4-5:30 p.m.
Greenfield Public Library

Wednesday, June 18, 4-5:30 p.m.
Nessacus Regional Middle School

Thursday, June 19, 4-5:30 p.m.
Springfield Public Schools' Central Office

Central Massachusetts

Friday, June 20, 9-10:30 a.m.
Southbridge Public Schools Central Service

Cape Cod/Southeastern Massachusetts

Monday, June 23, 4-5:30 p.m.
Barnstable Intermediate School

Tuesday, June 24, 4-5:30 p.m.
Fall River Public  Schools Administration Building
Fall River

Wednesday, June 25, 3:30-5 p.m.
Spark Academy

Please click here to register for a focus group. You're encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, as each focus group is limited to 12 participants.

For more information, please contact Leslie Colwell, associate at The Keystone Center. Colwell's phone number is 855.666.8953.