About Us

Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We focus on empowering schools and teachers to have the flexibilities they need to effectively prepare students. We work with policymakers and education system leaders to adopt Third Way policies, structures, and strategies that allow for schools of all types, including both traditional district schools and schools led by proven and promising independent leaders. We capture and share the most promising Third Way practices to inform and shape the national conversation on education reform.


The Emerging Third Way: Blazing an Optimistic Path Forward in K-12 Education

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New Ideas

Catalyze change

We partner with state and community leaders to enable empowered schools.
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Advance Policy

We work to advance policies that support the Third Way approach to empowered schools.
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Inform leaders

We capture and share the most promising Third Way strategies and empowered school practices.                
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Our Work


Catalyze change


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.

Our Team

The Empower Schools team reflects a broad range of  perspectives, skills, and experience. We are all passionate about one thing: using what we know to improve outcomes for students. We recognize that schools and districts face complicated problems and often lack simple solutions. We believe that great teachers and leaders are at the heart of great schools and we aspire to provide them with the flexibilities they need to support each student.

We are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion for improving student outcomes for students. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

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