Ty Allan Jackson

This week’s Gateway Cities Leader

Cities are shaped by their citizens. From New Bedford to Pittsfield, a new generation of passionate young leaders are spearheading innovative efforts to reinvent their communities. This series profiles their work and introduces their ideas, visions, and aspirations to the wider Gateway City world. Is there a young leader in your city that we should spotlight? Please let us know.

The Lawrence Story

Partnerships boost student performance and strengthen the community

MassINC is working hard to find new ways to tell the story of Gateway City Leaders. This video and the related case study describe Lawrence’s community partnership model. Jeff Riley, the leader appointed to transform the Lawrence schools in 2012, immediately set about extending the school day to offer students a wider array of learning opportunities.

Why we believe in social emotional learning

Ben Forman's remarks at the Social Emotional Learning Policy Forum

Our focus at MassINC is serving as a nonpartisan voice for state policies that support a growing middle class; about decade ago, we started to organize our work around the Gateway Cities. This was in recognition that the communities where low-income families are increasingly concentrated have an outsized role, as either launching pads up into the middle class or as pockets where persistent generational poverty have formed.

Riley’s turnaround effort bigger than schools

Lawrence groups and city in general pitch in to revamp education system

A FEW YEARS AGO, Lawrence’s schools were considered some of the worst in the state.  Only half of their students were finishing high school.  Test scores were abysmal.  Beyond the school walls, there was distress in the community: more than a quarter of the residents were living in poverty. The state appointed a receiver, Jeff

We’re excited to recognize…

Special Edition Gateway Cities Journal

Congratulations to the Lawrence Public Schools and their community partners for demonstrating collaborative new models to support youth and families! We’re excited to recognize their inspiring work with a 2015 Gateway Cities Innovation Award. Gateway City leaders have been curiously watching Lawrence since the district entered state receivership in 2012. Jeff Riley, the leader appointed

Leading Together

The Lawrence Community Partnerships Case Study

In 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education moved to address the chronically low performance of the Lawrence Public Schools by placing the district in receivership. Jeff Riley, the leader appointed to transform the system, immediately set about extending the school day to offer students a wider array of learning opportunities. A central

Capturing Ideas

Gateway City Leaders talk about what works

MassINC is working hard to find new ways to tell the story of Gateway City Leaders. This video and the related case study describes the 5DP, a collaborative venture developed by the Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere and Winthrop school districts to respond to the challenge of student mobility. Every year, thousands of students move among the

CommonWealth’s Fall 2015 issue is out!

CommonWealth’s Fall 2015 print issue is in the mail and available as a PDF and online. In addition to our regular lineup of stories, this issue goes deep on the opportunity gap that is preventing many young people from ever getting a shot at the American Dream. We interview Robert Putnam, the Bowling Alone author whose latest

And the winner is…

Congratulations to the Five District Partnership, the first of four 2015 Gateway Cities Innovation Award winners that we’ll be announcing over the coming weeks! For the first time, we’re preparing case studies that provide an in depth look at the four innovative initiatives that we’re recognizing with Gateway City Innovation Awards in November. Each of these profiles describes

Starting a National Conversation on Career Literacy

“The Massachusetts Institute of College and Career Readiness hosted a webinar for leaders in Gateway Cities and communities across the country working to build robust college and career pathways for their students.” The webinar—which features presentations from Pathways to Prosperity author William Symonds and BU Associate Dean of Research, Scott Solberg—can be viewed in its entirety

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