The Berkshire Readiness Center was established in 2009 through a selection process that resulted in six Readiness Centers in Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts serves as the lead partner together with Berkshire Community College and many community partners. 

The core functions of the Readiness Centers are:   

No. 1 - Provide high-quality professional development and instructional services to educators across the state related to:

  • Addressing persistent achievement gaps among different groups of students
  • Addressing the learning needs of different student populations
  • Improving the quality of instruction in STEM courses
  • Using different types of data more effectively to better assess student progress/performance and continually improve the quality of instruction
  • Improving the quality of early education and out-of-school-time services in Massachusetts

No. 2 - Convene stakeholders to collaboratively address key education priorities, leverage resources, build statewide capacity, and increase integration and coherence across the education continuum

  • Develop and implement a rigorous and aligned curriculum from early education through higher education
  • Develop and retain an effective, academically capable, diverse, and culturally competent educator workforce
  • Improve reading proficiency for children from birth through grade three
  • Improve students' readiness for college and career success
  • Increase student engagement and success in STEM fields of study