Representatives from our strategic partners serve the Massachusetts Education Partnership as both board and staff members. We welcome you to read more about our partners below and to visit their individual websites for further information. PLEASE NOTE: Links to partner websites are offered for information purposes only. By clicking on the below links, you will leave the MEP website. Each partner organization is solely responsible for the content on its website, and the Massachusetts Education Partnership may neither hold any liability for, nor offer any endorsement of, third-party websites.
The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts (AFT MA) traces its history to 1919. As the organization grew, leaders began to meet state-wide to share experiences, organize new locals, and advocate legislation helpful to teachers. Continued activism has safeguarded quality in teaching conditions. Over time, AFT MA’s advocacy has increasingly embraced all school workers, such as paraprofessionals, nurses, clerks, bus drivers, and janitors. Headquartered in Boston, the organization has most recently broadened its focus to provide leadership in the movement for Massachusetts school reform. AFT MA remains a strong voice for education reform which is good for students, fair to educators, and conducted collaboratively.
The Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy is a program of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. The Dukakis Center conducts interdisciplinary research and collaboration between civic leaders and scholars both within and beyond Northeastern University. Originally founded in 1999 as the Center for Urban and Regional Policy and renamed in 2008 in honor of Kitty and Michael Dukakis, the Center produces state-of-the-art applied research and supports implementation of effective policies and practices based on its research. The Dukakis Center’s research-based, problem-solving model applies data analysis, multidisciplinary research and evaluation, and a policy-driven perspective to address critical issues facing municipalities around the Commonwealth and the nation, with particular commitment to the Greater Boston area.
The Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston was established in July 2008 and named for Edward J. Collins, Jr., who mentored hundreds of past and present municipal and state officials throughout a long public career in the Commonwealth. The Collins Center is dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all levels of government, with a particular focus on regionalization and performance management. The Center has developed a comprehensive set of services to increase the productivity, performance, and accountability of government, including: performance management system development, technical assistance and consulting, educational products and services, charter reform assistance, regionalization and collective activities facilitation, executive recruitment and interim management services, grant application assistance, and applied research and analysis.
The Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) at the MIT Sloan School of Management focuses on transformation in the understanding of employment and labor relations, the workforce, and the economy. Its work rests on critical research conducted at MIT since 1937. IWER faculty and students investigate new (sometimes controversial) theories and ideas, engage in empirical research grounded in current practice, and initiate dialogue around the changing nature of work and its resulting implications on employment relations. IWER offers an interdisciplinary PhD program that addresses theory and research in work/employment relations, labor economics and markets, industrial relations and political economy, collective bargaining and labor-management relations, human resources management, the sociology of work, and public policy.
The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) is a member-driven association whose mission comprises the achievement of excellence in school committee leadership through advocacy, training and service. MASC supports the Commonwealth’s school leaders in their increasingly complex role of governance. MASC provides support, guidance, and expertise through programs which include: training and workshops, policy development, administrator search services, legal and advocacy support, an information clearinghouse, as well as communications with state and local government, administrative agencies, media organizations, and other education-related associations– from the school committee perspective. MASC is proud to support the special education committee, legislative committee, regional schools, advisory committee on athletics, advocacy committee, resolutions committee, student assessment committee, and the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys.
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) is dedicated to the concerns of school superintendents and assistant superintendents. M.A.S.S. aims to provide 1) an informed, powerful, cohesive voice to influence State legislation, policies and funding, 2) systems of professional support and collegiality, and 3) strategic leadership for the continuous improvement of public education. Core values include: high quality education for every student, effective leadership and management in education, inclusiveness and diversity, research-based reforms and technology application, active advocacy for public education with high expectations and responsiveness to learning needs for all students, integration of appropriate technology in both instruction and direct management.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) has a 150-year history of advocating for public schools. According to its Mission, the MTA is a “member-driven organization, governed by democratic principles, that accepts and supports the interdependence of professionals and unionism. The MTA promotes the use of its members’ collective powers to advance their professional and economic interests. The MTA is committed to human and civil rights and advocates for quality public education in an environment in which lifelong learning and innovation flourish.” The organization represents more than 100,000 members in approximately 400 local associations, comprised of public educators, administrators, and education support professionals, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.
The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy is an independent non-profit organization committed to addressing the critical challenges of reforming education in Massachusetts. The Rennie Center promotes improvement in education through evidence-based decision-making and deep knowledge of effective policy and practice. The Center offers an open space for educators and policymakers to collaboratively consider, discuss, and develop new approaches to advance student achievement. Re-named in 2005 for the late John C. (Jack) Rennie, the Center furthers its namesake’s legacy of consensus-building to address complex public policy challenges; respectful, thoughtful, and constructive civic dialogue; staunch commitment to independent, non-partisan research, and passionate commitment to an education which provides every child the opportunity for success in school and life.