"From my experience, what I see going on in the schools, the energy, the excitement, the buy-in from students, you can already see these schools have improved, and they’re going to continue to improve because of the structures that are being put in place. So I think it’s really going to make a radical change in these schools for the future."
Dan Warwick
Springfield Public Schools Superintendent

We partner with communities to empower educators, helping get the schools they want for students to succeed at school and life.

Empowerment Zones

We partner with local champions and stakeholders to explore, design, and launch Empowerment Zones.

Public Policy

We work with state and local elected and appointed officials to create and implement policy pathways that enable zones and empower educators.

Ecosystem

We engage with other organizations that share our belief in educator empowerment to find opportunities for collaboration and partnership in service of students.

Watch the video below to learn more from stakeholders in the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership.

In Massachusetts, Initiatives to Empower Principals and Teachers

Massachusetts, the state where the first public high school opened in 1820 and the “common school’’ movement began in the 1830s, has ranked first in NAEP scores over seven consecutive tests since 2005. The Kids Count Data Center placed Massachusetts first in 2017,...

Transformation Waco Approves Management of Five Struggling Schools

On Tuesday, a newly formed nonprofit approved overseeing six schools in Waco for the next two years. Five of those schools were at risk of closing earlier this year are part of the schools that will now be managed by Transformation Waco. "It really sets...

Denver Expands Its Experiment With More Autonomous ‘Innovation Zones’

Five more Denver schools will have additional freedom this fall from school district rules. The school board voted unanimously Thursday to allow one school to join an existing “innovation zone” and another four to create a new one. Innovation zones...

What We’ve Learned From Leading Schools in Denver’s Luminary Network — And How We’ve Used Our Financial Freedom

Three years ago, we were among a group of Denver principals who began meeting to tackle an important question: How could we use Colorado’s innovation schools law to take our schools to the next level? As leaders of innovation schools, we already had the...

Denver’s Luminary Learning Network Shows How Innovation Zones Can Work for Teachers, Students, and Families

When we helped four school leaders launch an “innovation zone” in Denver two years ago, we weren’t sure where the journey would take us. The guiding vision was for radical empowerment of the educators closest to the students. So we began simply by asking...

Springfield Teachers, Empowerment Zone Schools Praised by Gov. Charlie Baker

Two teachers who represented the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership during Gov. Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth speech said it is a testament to the work being done by administrators, teachers, parents and students. "It was a phenomenal...