Woburn Public Schools awarded over $69,000 in DESE grant

BOSTONRepresentative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) is pleased to announce that Woburn Public Schools has been awarded a $69,551 FY24 Teacher Diversification Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Woburn was one of 15 schools and school districts to receive funding in the latest round of grants, thanks to the efforts of the Woburn School District, with a total of $1,500,000 in grants presented by DESE through the federal ESSER funds.

“I want to congratulate the Woburn Public Schools for securing this grant award.” said Representative Haggerty. “This funding provides crucial resources to help our school district recruit and retain a more diverse teaching staff that better reflects our community. It’s an important investment in the future of our students and teachers alike.”

The competitive Teacher Diversification Pilot Program is designed to support local school and district efforts to strengthen and diversify existing teacher recruitment and retention programs. Approaches must be informed by data on current recruitment and retention initiatives and aligned with each district’s strategic plan.

The Department will work with districts, schools, and educators to promote teaching and learning that is inclusive, multilingual, and multicultural; that values and affirms each student and their families; and that creates equitable opportunities and experiences for all students, particularly those who have been historically underserved. The yearlong professional learning community facilitated by DESE will allow districts to share best practices.