Educational Institutions

Center for Collaborative Education Metro Boston, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.cce.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. We believe that schools should prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. To achieve a vision of a world where every student is college- and career-ready and prepared to become a compassionate, contributing global citizen, CCE works at the school, district and state levels in New England and beyond to: Create learning environments that are collaborative, democratic and equitable;Build capacity within districts and schools to adopt new practices that promote collaborative, democratic and equitable learning for students and educators; andCatalyze systemic change at the school and district levels through district- and state-level policy and advocacy support *

Main Programs

  1. Boston Pilot/Horace Mann/Innovation Schools Network
  2. Quality Performance Assessments
  3. Teacher Leadership Network
  4. Personalized Learning Network
Service Areas

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National

CCE serves primarily New England public school districts, with an emphasis on urban districts and in particular Boston. We have worked with most of the state's urban public school districts over time. CCE also has a satellite office in Los Angeles, CA that operates an urban teacher residency program (LAUTR.org) and a New Administrator Licensure Program (LANALP).

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Dr. Dan French

Keywords

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autonomous schools, school reform, elementary and secondary education, leadership development, performance assessment, turnaround schools, research and evaluation, personalized learning

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Also Known As

Center for Collaborative Education

EIN

04-3241676

 Number

0740312520

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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CCE is engaged in a number of key initiatives in the 2015-16 school year:Boston Pilot and Horace Mann charter schools: CCE provides coordinating support to this cohort of in-district schools with autonomy to be more innovative.Personalized Learning Network: The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network seeks to build a statewide movement of 21st century schools that serve high percentages of low-income students, engage diverse learners, close opportunity and achievement gaps, and prepare all students for success in college, career, and life. Our work will be guided by our six personalized learning principles for equity and excellence.Quality Performance Assessment (QPA): QPA is a collaborative effort between CCE and districts to design a performance assessment model that measures students' critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills—the activities required by the Common Core State Standards, and that are required for college and career readiness.Teacher Leadership Network (TLN): TLN is an inquiry-based model for continuous teacher learning and the public sharing of validated work. Through this innovative PD model, teachers of English language learners will be prepared to effectively instruct ELL students through the application of tools and protocols developed by colleagues.Research and Evaluation: CCE conducts research and evaluation studies that further innovative schools, high quality instruction, and accelerated student achievement. Most recently, CCE produced a report that analyzes enrollment, outcomes and experiences of Black and Latino male students in Boston Public Schools. Equity and excellence are fundamental to CCE's mission. CCE coaches work closely with districts and schools to create and implement practices that lead to high expectations and an intellectually challenging education for every student. Our measure of success is achieving high and equitable learning outcomes.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Boston Pilot/Horace Mann/Innovation Schools Network

Boston's Pilot schools are the result of an innovative teachers' union and school district contract which grants these public schools control over budget, staffing, curriculum, governance, and schedule. In recent years, Boston Pilot schools have been joined by Horace Mann charter and Innovation schools, two additional models that grant schools increased autonomy and control over decision making. Demonstrating their appeal to families, Boston's autonomous schools have multiplied while the district's enrollment has dropped in recent years. Pilot, Horace Mann, and Innovation schools are among the most chosen schools of any district schools. The Pilot/Horace Mann/Innovation Schools Network is a voluntary network coordinated by CCE, which provides these schools with coaching, leadership development, professional development, advocacy, community engagement, and research. Pilot leaders and staff view the Network and CCE as a critical support to their sustained vitality.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 2

Quality Performance Assessments

Quality Performance Assessments is a comprehensive professional development model for working with districts and schools to create rich Common Core-aligned performance assessments that prepare students to be college and career-ready.The Common Core State Standards (Common Core) are ""designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the academic knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers"" as well as participation in an increasingly global and multicultural world.These standards are better assessed with performance assessments than traditional tests. CCE believes that high quality assessments, in which students engage inmulti-step assignments, transfer knowledge, and apply complex skills, produce deeper learning than can traditional assessments.CCE provides districts and schools with training and ongoing assistance in designing and implementing performance assessment systems to increase student achievement.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$475,000.00

Program 3

Teacher Leadership Network

Teacher Leadership Network (TLN) an inquiry-based model for continuous teacher learning and the public sharing of validated work. This network will connect teacher leaders—change agents—who are making positive differences in their classrooms to other teachers who are improving their practice. Through this innovative PD model, teachers of English language learners (ELLs), will be prepared to effectively instruct ELL students through the application of tools and protocols developed by colleagues. TLN will initiate a shift from top-down PD mandates to an on-the-ground response through teachers taking ownership over how their own learning impacts student learning.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$400,000.00

Program 4

Personalized Learning Network

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network seeks to build a statewide movement of 21st century schools that serve high percentages of low-income students, engage diverse learners, close opportunity and achievement gaps, and prepare all students for success in college, career, and life. Over three years, CCE will initiate the MA Personalized Learning Network (PLN), with the goal of launching successive cohorts of personalized learning public schools in Boston, Revere, and targeted eastern MA urban districts. Our work will be guided by our six personalized learning principles for equity and excellence:Social & Emotional Learning & Academic MindsetsPersonalized Learning PathwaysFlexible Learning EnvironmentEngaged LearningNext Generation Curriculum & AssessmentsCompetency-based Progression

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

CCE serves primarily New England public school districts, with an emphasis on urban districts and in particular Boston. We have worked with most of the state's urban public school districts over time. CCE also has a satellite office in Los Angeles, CA that operates an urban teacher residency program (LAUTR.org) and a New Administrator Licensure Program (LANALP).

Funding Needs

1) Funds to support the launch of the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network. We believe that the introduction of new personalized learning schools is the key to achieving success for all students in the Commonwealth. We have been granted some funds to launch the initiative but are still seeking monetary support to hire key program staff and provide support to network schools. CCE is seeking $500,000 to fully launch the Personalized Learning Network in 2 MA school districts. 2) Funds to support the continuation of the Teacher Leadership Network. Last year, TLN launched in Worcester and Holyoke and was very successful in introducing an innovative professional development model for teachers of English language learners, preparing them to effectively instruct ELLs and achieve high outcomes for all students. CCE is seeking $150,000 to continue this work in Worcester as well as expand to other Gateway City districts in MA. 3) Funds to support CCE's Quality Performance Assessment initiative, which seeks to demonstrate that districts and schools can create and administer high quality performance assessments that accelerate achievement. CCE needs $125,000 annually to support continued growth of the initiative into additional states. 4) Resources and expertise to introduce blended learning into our coaching and professional development work. Currently, we primarily offer face to face and in-person PD for our partner districts, schools, and teachers. We seek the knowledge and technology necessary to expand our PD using online platforms, videos, virtual meetings, and other digital learning approaches.

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CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Center for Collaborative Education Metro Boston, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Dan French

BIO

Dan French is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Collaborative Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and supporting high performing urban public schools. CCE supports the development of small, autonomous schools which are provided maximum control over their resources and decision making while being expected to perform at high levels. CCE has helped to create and support over 65 Pilot schools across the country, and are partnering with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education to spawn Innovation Schools across the state. CCE also operates two field-based principal credentialing programs, two teacher credentialing programs, and a project to assist districts and schools to create strong valid and reliable performance assessments. As well, CCE is assisting a number of Massachusetts districts to transform their underperforming schools, and is an approved state provider for assisting districts to design and implement the new state educator evaluation system. Dr. French was formerly the Director of Instruction and Curriculum for the Massachusetts Department of Education, in which role he was responsible for the development of state curriculum frameworks, school reform networks, Title I, bilingual education, special education, school improvement plans, Metco, desegregation, community service learning, and technology education. Dr. French has been awarded the Manual Carballo Award for outstanding state service in public education, and the Edward Koskella Award from the Massachusetts Middle Level School Administrators Association for his work in improving middle grades education. He has authored numerous articles and publications on authentic assessment, middle grades education, and Pilot schools. Dr. French received a M.Ed. from Antioch University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools. CCE has provided technical assistance to a multitude of Massachusetts districts in all aspects of reform - leadership development, professional learning communities, school redesign, governance, curriculum, instruction, assessment, staffing, budget, schedules, and parent engagement, among others. All of CCE's program staff are experienced educators, with most having formerly been principals. There are several unique factors about CCE: * CCE is the only organization that provides direct support to promote in-district schools with autonomy. We have provided support to Boston's Pilot and Horace Mann charters schools since 1997, and have partnered with the MA Executive Office of Education since 2010 to launch the Innovation Schools model state-wide. CCE advocates that the only way to improve urban school districts is through decentralizing control and resources to schools while holding schools accountable for positive student outcomes. ** CCE's Quality Performance Assessment initiative is demonstrating to districts a new path to creating sound assessments that reflect the new Common Core standards and prepare students for college, career, and productive lives in an increasingly global world. * CCE provided assistance to almost 50% of the state's newly designated Level 4 schools (16 of 34) to create redesign plans for transformation that were then approved by the state. Each CCE program adds tremendous value to our collective knowledge base, expertise, and theory of action. Through our work we have learned many lessons about what works and what doesn't: * Equity, coupled with a strong focus on quality instruction, should be at the center of district and school redesign work. * The model of granting maximum autonomy in exchange for increased school-level accountability holds great promise for transforming urban public education. * Like-minded schools that collaborate offer each other sustenance in the difficult work of transformation. * School and district change is not separate from the politics of reform; advocacy is critical as well. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jim Darr

No Affiliation

Term: Sept 2014 - Aug 2015

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