We partner with state and community leaders to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. As the design and launch partner, we create the conditions that allow for empowered schools, attract talented partners, and ensure alignment at the state and local level. We work with many partners, such as proven and promising school operators, organizations that support principals, teachers, and other education leaders, and with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We have worked in several communities in Massachusetts, including Lawrence, Salem and Springfield, and nationally, including Denver.
We work with policymakers to support Third Way
policies that allow for a diverse set of leaders and
organizations to operate collaboratively. Through efforts
like Boston:Forward, we help organize
and empower education innovators and change agents to support this work
We strive to learn from our own work and that of others by capturing and sharing practices that can drive success across education ecosystems, communities, and states. We hope to catalyze and inform change by providing this information to guide policymakers and practitioners.
Download Lawrence Case study
In 2011, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts took over the public school system in Lawrence, the state’s poorest city, where nearly half of all students were failing to graduate on time and achievement scores were among the lowest in the state. The objective was bold: to use the broad powers of a newly enacted state law to turn around a “chronically underperforming” system and create a new model for education reform with empowered schools at the center. Today, the dramatic turnaround in Lawrence— created with an “open architecture” framework for school-by-school transformation—has begun to yield positive results.
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Co-founder Chris Gabrieli discusses the Lawrence context, theory of action, and its importance more broadly to the education reform movement nationally.