These zones create more flexibility in schools. And allow educators to make the changes necessary to provide a better learning environment for our kids. In Springfield, this model is already making a positive difference for teachers and students.”
Governor Charlie Baker
Governor of Massachusetts

Partnering with Communities • Empowering Educators Serving Students Better

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.


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.

Operation Education: Assessing the Empowerment Zone after its first year

The South Bend Empowerment Zone's first year has come to a close. Zone leaders are now evaluating what was accomplished, and what's left to be done.  The Empowerment Zone consists of five chronically underperforming schools -- Navarre Middle School, and its four...

Some students might soon get what they’ve long needed: More classroom time

Nearly everyone is wondering how to start what will be the most uncertain new school year of our lifetimes. I sense both fear and hope. It is going to be a mess, but that may inspire worthy innovations.   Here is my suggestion: For decades, the average American...

Blog: To Our Community

To our community,    We are heartbroken and angry.    The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others before them are a manifestation of systemic racism. We stand with protesters across the country in their expressions of...

Of Houses and Hope: A Promising Fort Worth School Turnaround and the Closely Watched Policy Push Making It Happen

Fort WorthAs kids pass in the halls at Como Elementary, the undercurrent of joy about the school’s Harry Potter-style house system is palpable. Banners and other color-coded emblems on display at the Fort Worth, Texas, school identify the societies into...

John King Talks Teacher Diversity, Student Engagement, Budgeting, School Autonomy — and ‘Fauxtonomy’ — at Texas Education Reform Summit

John King may be the first U.S. secretary of education who was kicked out of high school. But he hopes he’s not the last.King’s parents died before he finished sixth grade. By the time he was in high school, he was a hurting, angry kid who needed a lot of...

Transformation Waco schools show significant progress on STAAR exams

Students in Transformation Waco schools have made significant strides in their performance on state standardized exams in the past two years, even surpassing state average scores on some tests this year, CEO Robin McDurham said at a board meeting Tuesday...