Initiatives

With a mission to improve education for all students, our work does not end with research. We put what we learn into action by teaming up with schools and districts to support innovative reforms. Through a series of initiatives, we are helping districts build their capacity to design, implement, and evaluate the use of evidence-based reforms.

The Massachusetts Education Partnership (MEP) is focused on driving district and school improvement through shared leadership and collaboration between union leaders, district administrators, and school committees.

The Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness (MICCR) pairs researchers from across the country with Massachusetts school districts to advance college and career readiness programs and evaluate their success.  

The Massachusetts Teaching & Learning Network (MassTLN) brings together four networks in a learning community aimed at improving educator effectiveness within districts and schools across the state. This project promotes a bottom-up approach to change by empowering teachers to develop, assess, and share practices that work for their students.

Through MEP, MICCR, and MassTLN, the Rennie Center has gained expertise in how to create and support improvement efforts. As part of these projects, we have developed a rigorous approach to planning and implementing district/school improvement strategies: the Rennie Center Change Management Framework. Grounded in the principles of improvement science, this framework outlines a path to change that centers around a shared problem of practice; identifies well-established interventions to address the challenge; measures outcomes; develops a committed and trusting team; and supports practitioners’ capacity to test new practices.

As part of our commitment to drive improvement across the education system, the Rennie Center is also helping to prepare the next generation of education leaders through the Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). Massachusetts EPFP is a professional development program for individuals who seek to enhance their knowledge and develop their skills in leadership and public policy.