Launched in 2012, the Massachusetts Education Partnership seeks to improve student achievement and success through collaborative labor‐management relations in school districts across the Commonwealth. The Partnership’s purpose is to help labor-management teams of superintendents, union leaders, school committee members, teachers and administrators to develop active collaborations in the area of labor‐management relations and school-site operations, in order to:
- Accelerate student achievement and promote student success;
- Increase teacher engagement and leadership in school and district governance;
- Improve the productivity of bargaining practices; and
- Institute policies, structures and practices for sustainable collaboration and reform.
The Partnership’s vision is that all Massachusetts K12 district and union leaders collaboratively develop the capacity to design and jointly implement systemic changes in practice that advance student achievement. Our long‐term purpose is to establish sustainable cultures of collaborative practice in schools, districts, and the Commonwealth. The Partnership has launched two initiatives:
Leading Change: Improving Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration
The partnership held its first conference on December 4, 2012 in Marlborough, MA. Attended by more than 350 people, this conference brought together labor-management teams from districts across Massachusetts to hear from national and state education leaders and participate in four workshops: Educator Evaluation, Innovation Schools and Extended Learning Time, Peer Assistance and Review, and Interest-Based Negotiations and Processes.
The work of the Massachusetts Education Partnership is made possible by the generous support of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the NEA Foundation.