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Press Release Six More Districts Selected to Strengthen Pipeline of Diverse Education Leaders

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  • Executive Office of Education
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Media Contact for Six More Districts Selected to Strengthen Pipeline of Diverse Education Leaders

Jacqueline Reis, Communications Director, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

MALDENThe Department of Elementary and Second Education announced today that six more districts and an additional 20 fellows will participate in the Influence 100 Pilot Program, a four-year initiative designed to help prepare 100 diverse educational leaders for the superintendency, create more culturally responsive districts and leaders, and promote better outcomes for students.
The program launched in 2019. This year’s additions bring the total number of fellows to 61, and the six new districts will join 21 Influence 100 districts and collaboratives that DESE selected from interested applicants over the last two years.
Influence 100 has two components: 1) a fellowship program for qualified educators who hope to be hired as superintendents in the next five years, and 2) support for school districts to become more culturally responsive and diversify their workforce. Influence 100 fellows participate in a two-year leadership development program that addresses the nuances of being a superintendent in Massachusetts, with a focus on what it takes to lead a district to be more culturally responsive and build a more diverse educator workforce to better serve all students.
“All students should have the chance to see themselves reflected in the educators and leaders in their schools,” Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley said. “I’m glad to see this initiative expand this year, particularly as we work toward more equitable schools for all students.”
Specific goals of the initiative include:

  • In the four years of the pilot, 100 racially and ethnically diverse school leaders will engage as Influence 100 fellows in the leadership development programming. The 20 new fellows join 41 who have participated to date.  
  • In the next 10 years:
    • The percentage of superintendents of color in Massachusetts will increase significantly from 4 percent in 2019 to 14 percent by 2029.
    • 100 districts across the state will participate in Influence 100, will become more culturally responsive and will have a strategy to diversify their educator workforce to better serve all students.

To be selected, a district’s superintendent and school committee had to demonstrate a strong commitment to the Influence 100 program and goals.
The six districts selected to participate in the third year of the pilot and the individuals they selected to participate as fellows are:  

  • Hope Taylor, Associate Principal


  • Tara Harris, Principal
  • Jennifer Knight, Director of Family and Community Engagement
  • Raymond Porch, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


  • Oneida Fox Roye, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

 New Bedford

  • Sean McNiff, Principal
  • Magaly Sanchez, Curriculum, Data and Assessment Manager


  • Desmond Caldwell, Principal
  • Beth Choquette, Principal

 Whitman-Hanson Regional  

  • Joel Jocelyn, Principal
  • Christopher Jones, Principal

In addition, nine individuals­­­ from the existing Influence 100 districts have been selected to participate in the fellowship this year:
Athol Royalston Regional      

  • David King, Principal


  • Carlton L. Campbell, Principal
  • Kelly Silva, Design Leader for Promise High School


  • Maria Campusano, Family Partnerships Manager
  • Nelson Buttén, Director of Family, Student and Community Partnerships


  • Rasheedah Clayton, METCO Director


  • Kenya Avant-Ransome, District Data Coordinator
  • Obed Morales, Principal


  • Amy Kelly, Director of District Advancement

Influence 100 is directed by Stacy Scott, a long-time educator and former Massachusetts superintendent who has experience developing leaders who promote equity.
The Department is partnering with The Leadership Academy on the leadership development program for fellows. The academy builds the capacity of educational leaders to confront inequities and create the conditions necessary for all students to thrive.



Media Contact for Six More Districts Selected to Strengthen Pipeline of Diverse Education Leaders

Executive Office of Education 

From pre-school to post-secondary education, the Executive Office of Education works to connect all Massachusetts residents with an education that creates opportunities.

While Massachusetts' students rank first in the nation on many educational measures, the Executive Office of Education strives to strengthen the foundations of education reform, empower schools and educators, and develop pathways to college and careers so all students in the Commonwealth can succeed, regardless of their zip code.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

ESE oversees the education of children grades pre-k through 12 in Massachusetts, striving to ensure that all students across the Commonwealth succeed.