In 1974 Massachusetts enacted legislation that encouraged school districts to come together to address demands for special education services. The resulting partnerships have enabled districts to maximize efficiency by sharing costs and expertise. Today, the Commonwealth’s educational collaboratives serve as regional educational resources and play a leadership role in developing a broad range of innovative programming to meet emerging needs.
From Provincetown to the Berkshires, MOEC members provide a host of interdistrict services serving schools, educators, communities, and learners of all ages, including:
- management support
- cooperative purchasing
- student transportation
- technology development
- coaching and consulting services
- professional development
- educator licensure programs
- professional learning communities
- after school programs
- health and safety initiatives
- vocational programs
- special education programming, particularly for low-incidence populations
- supplemental educational services
- early childhood services
- adult programming
The special niche occupied by the state’s educational collaboratives offers a unique perspective that is at once both local and regional. In working to meet today’s educational needs, astute educational leaders at both the state and district level in Massachusetts utilize collaboratives and their ample resources to achieve economies of scale in service delivery and cutting-edge practices.
As a model for the strategies and entrepreneurial mindset that succeed in today’s public sector, Collaboratives provide an exceptionally effective means of meeting 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.