Educational Institutions

Friends of Northshore Education Consortium Inc.

  • Beverly, MA
  • http://www.nsedu.org

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium was formed to provide support to the Northshore Education Consortium, the largest provider of services to children with special needs North of Boston. Its mission to raise funds to support the mission of the Northshore Education Consortium, one of the Commonwealth's special education collaboratives that includes 20 North of Boston public school districts. The Consortium was founded in 1975 and is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary year.NEC MISSION STATEMENT: The Northshore Education Consortium supports its member districts by providing high quality, cost-effective public programs, support services and resources to ensure meaningful and successful learning experiences for a wide spectrum of students and staff. The Consortium will be a leader in influencing the development of public policy and building coalitions between and among districts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and solving the challenges faced by its member districts.

Main Programs

  1. Kevin O'Grady School
  2. Northshore Academy
  3. Northshore Recovery High School
  4. Transition Programs

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium reaches out for support throughout the North of Boston geographic area that is served by the Consortium. The Northshore Education Consortium is comprised of 20 school districts located on the North Shore, including Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-Essex, Nahant, North Reading, Reading, Rockport, Marblehead, Masconomet, Swampscott and Tri-Town. 25 other area districts send students as well.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2013

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Ms. Francine H. Rosenberg

Keywords

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Special Education, Educational Collaborative, Children with Special Needs

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EIN

61-1479553

 Number

2974446429

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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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Since 1975, the Northshore Education Consortium has provided leadership in educating children with complex special needs, and providing consultation and professional development to our districts. After several years of leadership transition, the 2013 - 2014 year was a time for strengthening our core, in the areas of infrastructure and communication, in order to continue the work of building program excellence. We committed to focusing on three ongoing goals within our programs: Every student, in every program, will make gains compared to his/her own baseline, in the areas of academic achievement, social and communication skills, and increased ability to function safely and independently in home, school, and community settings. Every staff member, regardless of program, professional status, or level of experience will commit to reflective practice and improving his/her own skills. Leadership and staff will embrace technological tools that will help us be more efficient and effective, improve communication and improve our ability to measure outcomes. In addition to these ongoing goals, we accomplished many annual goals during this past year including: Implementing the Educator Evaluation. Completing a Coordinated Program Review. Writing a new Collaborative Agreement in compliance with state legislation. Launching a new and improved website to enhance communication. Improving communication at every level of the organization. Increasing efficiency in our business office and human resources operations. Expanding our Family and Professional Learning Center. During the 2014 - 2015 school year, we will focus on the following areas: Take the next steps in the implementation of the Educator Evaluation and develop District Determined Measures that measure the progress of our students in meaningful ways. Create a five-year plan for upgrading our use of technology. Create a district-wide Safety and Security plan. Create a district-wide task force to explore options for enhancing our student-run businesses, pre-vocational opportunities, opportunities for internships and paid employment, across the full spectrum of ability categories. Improve opportunities for family engagement. Continue to strengthen opportunities for learning and professional development for our own employees, parents in our region, and professionals from our member districts. Create a plan for the relocation of Northshore Academy Upper School and Northshore Recovery High School that preserves the integrity and quality of each of these programs, while maximizing the benefits of ""a campus"" on Sohier Road. We have also begun a strategic planning process to lead us into the future. We look forward to continued collaboration in this process.

Programs

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Program 1

Kevin O'Grady School

""Every student. Every day. Whatever it takes."" That's the motto of the Kevin O'Grady School, which serves students ages 3 to 22 with severe special needs, including complex medical needs, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, visual or hearing impairment, autism, intellectual disabilities and medical fragility. Staff work to ensure the success of all students in the face of significant challenges. At the heart of the program is a committed multi-disciplinary staff of professionals focused on creating positive learning opportunities for all students and their families or caregivers. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, including iPads, computers, special learning apps, communication devices and adaptive technology to meet all student's needs.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$9,815,579.00

Program 2

Northshore Academy

The Northshore Academy Upper and Lower Schools provide alternative education for students in grades K to 12 who have emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Academy provides a dynamic therapeutic milieu with a challenging academic and vocational curriculum. Students who attend the Academy have had a history of struggling in traditional classroom environments and have typically been unable to make sufficient progress in their previous academic settings.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$6,223,008.00

Program 3

Northshore Recovery High School

Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly serves 50 students, grades 9 to 12, who have made a firm commitment to their recovery from substance use. Northshore Recovery High School opened its doors in September 2007 with the support of Northshore Education Consortium and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Recovery Hight meets the diverse academic and recovery needs of students who have a diagnosed substance use disorder. Staff provide students and their families the support necessary so that they can complete their high school education and receive a diploma in an environment that supports their recovery needs. Recovery High provides recovering students a safe and supportive community in an academic and therapeutic environment. The school fosters an ethic of honesty and mutual respect, promoting accountability to oneself and to the community, and prepares students for higher education, military service or employment.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Budget

$1,259,036.00

Program 4

Transition Programs

EMBARK serves young adults, 18 - 22, with learning delays and/or intellectual disabilities that have a desire to continue their education beyond high school. Embark enables them to be independent living and traveling in the community, and assisting them in career development, internships and employment. STEP (Skills Training Education Possibilities) Program is a therapeutic, academic, community based instruction program for students, 15 - 22, with varied cognitive abilities and social-emotional/behavioral challenges. STEP enables them to achieve a high level of success and independence in a classroom setting and transfer these skills to the community. SOAR is a specially designed transition program for students, 18 - 22, with Asperger's Syndrome, anxiety disorders and related diagnoses. SOAR assists students in transitioning to college and work and supports them in becoming confident, contributing members of society.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$902,794.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Consortium exists to provide innovative, high quality, cost-effective education and related services as requested by its member public school districts. This includes, but is not limited to: programs and services for children (ages 3 to 22) with low-incidence disabilities and professional development for teachers and other related service professionals. These programs and services are available for non-member districts as well.The Consortium also serves as a regional center for planning and problem solving for member districts. OBJECTIVES: The overall objectives of the Consortium are: 1. To play a leading role in defining the future role of collaboratives in the Commonwealth. 2. To strengthen and expand the Consortium programs and services in a cost-effective manner that meets the needs of students and faculty in member districts and the region. 3. To develop new programs for students, particularly those with special needs, that allow them to meet the highest academic, social, and life-skill objectives in accordance with emerging evidence based practices. 4. To provide high quality, highly relevant professional development for the employees of the Consortium and member districts.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    During the 2014 school year, Northshore Education Consortium's approved day schools served 450 students from 20 member and 35 non-member districts. Kevin O'Grady School The Kevin O'Grady School provides highly specialized special education programs and services to students age 3 to 22 with severe disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities, multiple handicaps, physical disabilities and complex medical issues. Located in Beverly, the Kevin O'Grady School focuses on developing academic and life skills to maximize students' educational potential and increase opportunities for meaningful participation in home and community activities. During the 2013-2014 school year, the Kevin O'Grady School served 140 students from 34 districts. Northshore Academy Upper School The Northshore Academy Upper School serves students in grades 7 through 12 who struggle with a variety of social, emotional, and psychological challenges. Students may also have learning disabilities, be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, or be dealing with several of these challenges simultaneously. Located in Beverly, the Academy served 138 students from 31 districts during the 2013-2014 school year. Twenty-two students earned their high school diplomas in June 2014. The majority of them are moving on to Community College. Northshore Academy Lower School The Northshore Academy Lower School serves students in grades K through 6 who struggle with a variety of social, emotional, and psychological challenges. Students may also have learning disabilities, be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, or be dealing with several of these challenges simultaneously. Located in West Peabody, the Lower School served 52 students from 17 districts during the 2013-2014 school year. The Lower School has filled a need for districts to provide comprehensive, short-term assessment for young children in crisis through the STAR Program (Short Term Assessment and Reintegration.) These students receive a comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment and the district receives concrete recommendations on what the child will need to make educational progress and/or return to a less restrictive placement. Many students who attend the Academy Lower School are able to return to a less restrictive environment. During the past year, 14 out of 17 children returned to schools in their home districts. Northshore Recovery High School Northshore Recovery High School (NSRHS) is designed to meet the needs of high school students who have had a history of substance use, but who have made a firm commitment to recovery. Funded by the State Department of Public Health and local school districts, NSRHS provides students a high school environment free from the culture of drugs and alcohol and the specialized clinical supports needed by students who are struggling with issues related to recovery, and often other mental health or learning challenges. During the 2013-2014 school year, NSRHS served 75 students from 27 communities. Twenty students received diplomas. Transition Programs: EMBARK, SOAR & STEP The Consortium's Transition programs prepare young adults with moderate learning, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities for successful independence and employment, and in some cases, continuing education. Of the 11 students who graduated in 2014, 85% had learned to travel independently using public transportation or obtaining their driver's license. Six students had paid employment, and two were enrolled in community college. Five students continued to receive adult services in day or residential settings.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium reaches out for support throughout the North of Boston geographic area that is served by the Consortium. The Northshore Education Consortium is comprised of 20 school districts located on the North Shore, including Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-Essex, Nahant, North Reading, Reading, Rockport, Marblehead, Masconomet, Swampscott and Tri-Town. 25 other area districts send students as well.

Funding Needs

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium are focused on raising funds for the Consortium's need for new technology in all programs. The Consortium's programs need new technology in order to stay current with best education practices in curriculum. Our students should have access to all of the same educational technology opportunities that public school students have. Our students need state of the art technology to meet the Mass Department of Education curriculum frameworks and the federal Common Core standards in technology and literacy. Our students with intellectual, physical, learning, speech and vision disabilities need specialized adaptive technology, educational apps and software. Our students need technology to master pre-vocational skills that students need in order to enter and remain in the workforce. Students need to be able to use technology for entry level jobs in the workforce. Even auto mechanics grocery store cashiers need to be able to use technology and have basic computer skills.Our educators need professional development in the use of new technology and educational applications in the classroom.BBBelow are some specific needs:The Kevin O'Grady School, which serves students with severe special needs, needs assistive technology so that multiply handicapped students may access the curriculum. These students are challenged by significant cognitive, sensory, motor and communication impairments and require the use of assistive technology, such as switches, timers, software, communication aides, mounting arms, adapted toys, iPads and special furniture. The Kevin O'Grady School has an immediate and pressing need for a new iMac desktop computer for use by students in all 25 classrooms. Sixteen iMacs were purchased in January 2015 with a generous grant from the Tower Foundation. The school needs another $20,000 to equip the remaining classrooms, as well as provide new computers to some educators and administrators. The school is also looking to purchase a cart with three Apple TVs and monitors that will be shared among the classrooms.The Kevin O'Grady School needs $30,000 to complete the purchase and installation of lift/track systems in classrooms and the physical therapy room. The lifts are needed to move severely physically disabled students and students with medical fragility. The automated lifts will provide a safe way for staff to lift children, many of whom are very heavy. The lift systems will reduce staff injuries, workers compensation and staff absenteeism as a result of the injuries. As included within this $30,000 budget are some new walkers, standers and slings that are needed for this population of students to mobilize and get exercise by walking around the school building with support.The Northshore Academy Upper School in Beverly is seeking $20,000 to support therapeutic enrichment programs for students with social and emotional disabilities. Programs include gardening, cooking, performing and visual arts, and day and overnight hikes.The Northshore Academy Lower School in West Peabody and the Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly need new computers and iPads for student learning. The Northshore Academy Upper School needs six additional interactive SMART Boards for its classrooms. The highly interactive quality of SMART Boards improve learning for students with ADHD and behavioral issues. The Northshore Academy Lower School has received a grant of $15,000 from the John W. Alden Trust towards the $23,000 cost for classroom SMART Boards. The Trust has required that the Friends raise the additional $8,000 needed as matching funds before it will send the grant award.The Embark, SOAR and STEP transitional programs for young adults is seeking $10,000 for music therapy, which is highly beneficial for its student body (cognitively low and Autistic students, ages 19-22). The Kevin O'Grady School is looking to create a sensory room and sensory garden for its students.Northshore Academy Lower School needs ongoing support of $15,000 to $20,000 per year for its therapeutic horseback riding program at Windrush Farms.

Accreditations

Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education (Mass DESE)

Affiliations + Memberships

Massachusetts Organization of Education Collaboratives (MOAC)

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Friends of Northshore Education Consortium Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Francine H. Rosenberg

BIO

Francine H. Rosenberg, M.Ed. has devoted 30 years to teaching and running programs for children and young adults with significant special needs. Her particular expertise has been to work at the cross-section of child welfare, mental health and special education. Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Northshore Education Consortium in July 2013, Ms. Rosenberg served as Vice President of Program Operations at Walker, the Needham-based non-profit that provides special education, behavioral health, and residential treatment services to children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral health challenges. Ms. Rosenberg worked as a teacher and educational administrator, as well as provided leadership for a range of residential treatment programs, during her 25-year career at Walker. Ms. Rosenberg has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Wheelock College and as a consultant to public schools. She greatly enjoys teaching teachers and mentoring young professionals. Ms. Rosenberg has served as a board member for the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools. She has a B.S. and a M.Ed. in Special Education from Tufts University.In a statement to NEC staff, Ms. Rosenberg said, ""I have always been attracted to settings that take a developmental approach, value the idea of a multidisciplinary team, and have a true commitment to strength-based practice. I believe deeply that all people deserve to be treated with respect, and that students, parents, and professionals thrive when they feel safe and valued. I strive to build teams in which there is honest dialogue.""

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" The Northshore Education Consortium turns 40 this year and we have a lot to celebrate! Our history parallels the history of special education on the North Shore. In 1972, Massachusetts was the first state to mandate that all children with disabilities had the right to a free and appropriate public education. In 1974, seven North Shore school districts formed the Consortium and hired Kevin O'Grady to begin the process of educating students, many of whom had been institutionalized or denied an education. Today, we have 20 member school districts, a budget of almost $20 million, and 336 employees. During the 2013-2014 school year, we served 450 students in our school programs, and provided services to another 140 students and their parents. Our Family and Professional Learning Center hosted 14 conferences and workshops, which were attended by hundreds of parents, teachers and other professionals. Our Celebrate Our Future Gala will celebrate our 40 years of history and raise funds to build for the next 40 years. A major focus will be on strengthening our technology infrastructure, to provide students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workplace, as well as assistive technology that will help them to achieve success and independence despite their disabilities. A big change that will take place over the next year will be the relocation of several programs and the development of a Sohier Road Campus. While we were sad to learn that our leases with the City of Beverly would indeed end in 2015, displacing both our Northshore Academy Upper School and Recovery High School programs, we have embraced the opportunity that these moves will provide. We have signed a 10-year lease with JHR Development for the property adjacent to our home base on Sohier Road in Beverly. We are working closely with our new landlord and our general contractor Connolly Brothers, Inc. to redesign the interior to become an updated high school environment and wonderful new home for the Northshore Academy Upper School. We are also finalizing the plans for Recovery High School to move into vacant space at 112 Sohier Road. Having so many of our programs in one location will provide us with new opportunities for collaboration and sharing of resources, as well as the potential for increasing community service, volunteering and peer mentoring options for our high school students. In 2015, we are focusing on how we set high standards and measure outcomes in meaningful ways for students at all ability levels. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Brad Hildt

Essex Search

Term: Nov 2009 - Nov 2015

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