What are Collaboratives?

Massachusetts Collaboratives are educational services agencies bring school districts together to form partnerships that create regional educational resources. Collaboratives benefit districts, students, families, educators and taxpayers by maximizing efficiency through shared costs and expertise; play a leadership role in developing a broad range of innovative programming to meet emerging needs; provide training; enable the sharing of exemplary educational practices; and serve and educate directly many of our most vulnerable students across the Commonwealth.

In 1974 Massachusetts enacted the legislation that encouraged school districts to come together to address demands for special education services through Collaboratives. The resulting partnerships have grown to encompass many diverse educational services and programs.

Please download the brochure About Massachusetts Collaboratives.

For more in-depth information about Educational Service Agencies and the history of Collaboratives in Massachusetts, please download our white paper.

White Paper: Educational Service Agencies in Massachusetts (2009)

From Provincetown to the Berkshires, MOEC members provide a host of inter-district services serving schools, educators, communities, and learners of all ages, including:

  • Programming for students with disabilities and at-risk youth
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning communities
  • Educator licensure programs
  • Management support
  • Cooperative purchasing
  • Student transportation
  • Technology development
  • Online learning
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Consultation services
  • Assistance to districts for the planning and implementation of state initiatives
  • Health and safety initiatives
  • Transition services
  • Vocational programs
  • After school programs
  • Adult services
  • Early childhood services
  • Research

Massachusetts Collaboratives offer a unique perspective that is at once both local and regional. Astute educational leaders at both the state and district level in Massachusetts utilize collaboratives and their resources to achieve economies of scale in service delivery, cutting-edge practices, and the effective means to meet today’s educational needs.

Through strategic planning, inclusive decision-making, and creative vision, collaboratives maintain a balance between the support available for current programming and the initiative to take advantage of untapped opportunities.

MOEC is a primary contact point for bringing together stakeholders in the state’s education system. The organization is the connector to the wealth of expertise and the positive relationships that exist within the communities served by its members.