New England Secondary School Consortium K-12 Breakthrough Models

The New England Secondary Schools Consortium’s (NESSC) NextGen Personalized Learning Initiative is open to members of its League of Innovative Schools (LIS). In March 2015, NESSC announced the 20 LIS members selected for either a September 2015 or September 2016 launch with the support of coaches from the Great Schools Partnership. 

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The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) is part of the 2014 Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools initiative. NESSC is a regional partnership that promotes forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. The five partner states—Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students.


Podcast: Listen to Mark Kostin and Debra Stoleroff discuss personalized learning at the New England Secondary School Consortium. Produced by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

 

The League of Innovative Schools (LIS) is an initiative of the NESSC and includes more than 75 schools that have been working together for the last several years to improve graduation rates, increase college readiness, close achievement gaps, and promote educational innovation. The Consortium is coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit school-support organization based in Portland, Maine.

As part of an initial phase supported by the Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools, 41 League schools made a public commitment to advancing educational equity, personalized learning, proficiency-based diplomas, alternative learning pathways, and ongoing school improvement. They participated in school design institutes in the summer of 2014 and received technical assistance and coaching from the Great Schools Partnership as they prepared a comprehensive plan submitted in December 2014. A total of 36 LIS members submitted school designs and plans for either a September 2015 or September 2016 launch. In March 2015, 20 schools were selected to receive more comprehensive support and assistance from coaches from the Great Schools Partnership. Regardless of their selection status, all League of Innovative Schools members participate in regional networking events and professional development opportunities over the coming school year, including the High School Redesign in Action conference held each spring.

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Regional Network Selects Twenty New England Public Schools to Participate in New Personalized Learning Initiative, press release from the Great Schools Partnership, March 17, 2015

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

The Great Schools Partnership is a nonprofit school-support organization working to redesign public education and improve learning for all students. The Partnership provides school coaching, professional development, and technical assistance to educators, schools, districts, organizations, and government agencies. The organization also creates tools and resources for educators, administers public and private grant programs, and coordinates large-scale school-improvement initiatives for foundations and states. greatschoolspartnership.org

The New England Secondary School Consortium is a regional partnership that promotes forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. The five partner states—Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students. newenglandssc.org

The League of Innovative Schools is a regional professional learning community for schools. Membership is open to any New England secondary school—including charter schools, private schools, and career-and-technical institutions—committed to educational equity, personalized learning, and ongoing improvement. All participating schools become part of a growing network of learning institutions working to strengthen their programs, exchange professional expertise, and create better learning opportunities for their students. newenglandssc.org/league