Building Bridges Conference

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The Building Bridges Conference
“Preserving the Legacy of Sam Turner"

“Increased Teacher Diversity in the Classroom
Challenges, Opportunities, Solutions”

Lombardo’s Event Center, Randolph, MA
6 Billings St.
Friday, October 7, 2016, 9AM - 3PM


Claude Steele, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost at UC Berkeley
Author of the Best Seller "Whistling Vivaldi"
How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, 2010

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Sam Turner will leave a void that will never be filled in the world of educational equity; his commitment to the hiring and retention of staff of color in school districts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is unparalleled. MPDE certainly knows the value of Sam's leadership and will miss his consistent guidance. Through his tireless efforts, the commitment to diversity hiring was kept alive and sustained.

MPDE can honor the memory of Sam Turner by continuing his important work. Sam will truly be missed; he was a splendid beacon of light in his role as founder of both the Affirmative Action Advisory Committee and our group, the Multicultural Partnerships for Diversity in Education. May his soul rest in peace.                                                                                                              "Photo credit: Rick Bern"

Recruit. Employ. Retain.

The Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education is committed to recruiting and assisting in producing career opportunities for educators and administrators from diverse backgrounds, and forming collaborative relationships that will enhance staff diversity within our schools districts. Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education is formerly the Affirmative Action Recruitment Consortium of Eastern Massachusetts (AARC).

MPDE is a recruiting consortium of Massachusetts public school systems whose mission is to locate outstanding candidates of color for teaching, administrative, and support positions in member schools. MPDE communities are exceptionally supportive of public education, making these school systems among the best in the Northeast. Member communities differ in many respects, but each shares:

  • a commitment to excellence in education
  • a desire to provide equal educational opportunities to all
  • a commitment to increase diversity among their staff

More teachers of color would:

  • increase the number of role models for students of color
  • provide opportunities for all students to learn about ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity
  • be able to enrich diverse students' learning because of shared racial, ethnic, and cultural identities
  • serve as cultural brokers, able not only to help students navigate their school environment and culture, but also to increase the involvement of other teachers and their students' parents


Download this file (MPDE Brochure.pdf)MPDE Brochure.pdf

Career Opportunities, Collaborative Relationships

MPDE is committed to recruiting and assisting in producing career opportunities for future educators and administrators of color and forming collaborative relationships that will enhance staff diversity within our member school districts.

Future Teachers

Make a positive change and work with collaborative colleagues in a supportive environment. One contact puts you in touch with all our potential employers and on the path to a successful, gratifying career.

Recruit. Employ. Retain.

Why commit to teacher diversity? Because it improves outcomes for students, school districts, communities, and the nation. Work with us to recruit the best candidates, hire them, and retain them.

College Career Services

MPDE collaborates with college and career services professionals to identify superior minority teaching candidates for positions in Massachusetts school districts


To promote teacher diversity MPDE seeks to eliminate artificial barriers to teacher licensure and certification and expand reciprocity between Massachusetts and other states.