Boston – Massachusetts Education Secretary Paul Reville recently announced the formation of the Educator Preparation Advisory Group (EPAG), a group of education, business and advocacy organization leaders tasked with developing a 21st century educator preparation system in Massachusetts.? This enhanced system will reflect the evolution of teaching and leadership in the Commonwealth as well as the Patrick-Murray Administration's ongoing efforts to create a more unified, aligned, and coherent public education system that will better meet the needs of all students.
“The quality of teaching is the most important variable in our public education system,” said Education Secretary Paul Reville. “Improving teacher preparation is vital to improving the quality of teaching in every Massachusetts school. This working group is perfectly positioned to make a major contribution to the quality of education in the Commonwealth and I look forward to collaborating with them in this work.”
EPAG members will examine challenges facing educators here in Massachusetts, research best practices from other leading states and develop recommendations for a more robust and aligned preparation system in the Commonwealth.? Members will also serve as liaisons to the different stakeholder groups that they represent including the Boards of Early Education and Care, Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, and the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees; the early education, K-12, and higher education sectors; educator preparation and advocacy organizations; and the business and philanthropic communities.
EPAG members include Shirley Lundberg, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, as well as? Maura Banta, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; Anna Bradfield, Bridgewater State University; Sean Brooks, Governor's Teacher Advisory Group; Celine Coggins, Teach Plus; Carol Craig-O”Brien, Board of Early Education and Care; Mary Czajkowski, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents; William Dandridge, formerly with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; Charles Desmond, Board of Higher Education; Marie Enochty, Boston Public Schools; Jody Figuerido, Institute for Education and Professional Development;? Mary Grant, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts;? Linda Hayes, Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association;? Nadya Higgins, Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association; ?Alyce Lee, University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees;? Jeffrey Mullan, University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees;? Daniel Murphy, American Federation of Teachers – Massachusetts; ?Patricia Plummer, Office of the President, University of Massachusetts;? Fernando Reimers, Board of Higher Education;? David Roach, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education;? Linda Romero, MassBay Community College;? Eileen Rudden, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education; Jesse Solomon, The Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools and the Boston Teacher Residency Program;? Paul Toner, Massachusetts Teachers Association;? Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, Board of Early Education and Care;? Jeff Wolff, Massachusetts Head Start Association.