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Massachusetts Foundation for Teaching and Learning Inc.

 577 County Street
 Taunton, MA 02780
[P] (508) 335-4323
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[email protected]
Karen O'Connor
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INCORPORATED: 1986
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 22-2782827

LAST UPDATED: 11/27/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Massachusetts Foundation for Teaching and Learning was established in 1986 exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of improving student learning through providing high quality training and instruction of PreK-12 teachers in the Massachusetts public schools.

 

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Foundation for Teaching and Learning was established in 1986 exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of improving student learning through providing high quality training and instruction of PreK-12 teachers in the Massachusetts public schools.

 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $183,000.00
Projected Expense $250,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Journey into Education and Teaching (JET)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Foundation for Teaching and Learning was established in 1986 exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of improving student learning through providing high quality training and instruction of PreK-12 teachers in the Massachusetts public schools.

 

Background Statement

For almost 30 years, the Foundation advised and advocated the work of the Massachusetts Field Center for Teaching and Learning at UMass Boston (1986-2002) and the Center for University, School and Community Partnerships at UMass Dartmouth (2002-2015). Through statewide and local networks, professional learning programs, research, publications, policy papers and grant awards, Pre-K-12 and university educators worked side by side around a common mission to improve PreK-12 student learning by reinventing teacher training and approaches to professional learning. The majority of programs involved educators from underserved and underperforming schools. Recognizing and promoting teachers' voices were critical to the success of its work.

Impact Statement

Past Year
Foundation Board endorses JET Program
Seed funding to pilot JET in the Boston Public Schools and establish partnerships with Boston area higher education institutions.
Successfully recruited a pilot JET cohort of BPS paraprofessionals.
 
Current Year
Foundation Board supports grant development for JET
Second payment of seed grant.
JET pilot cohort awarded state grant for college courses for 2016-2017.
Enrollment of JET pilot cohort in fall classes at colleges/university.
Multi-year grant funding received in December.
 
2017
Successfully recruited a second JET cohort (15) that is double the size of the pilot cohort (8).  
Worked closely with the Boston Teachers Union in the recruitment effort.
Additional multi-year grant funding received in Sprint 2017.
Second cohort enrolled in college course work as of Fall 2017.
Designed a Success Seminar curriculum with monthly seminars that address professional and career development issues and build cohort identity.
Success Seminars initiated in September 2017
 
2017-2018
Recruitment and selection of a third JET cohort of up to 30 participants to begin in Fall 2018.
Build upon recruitment partnership with the Boston Teachers Union at BTU meetings, e-newsletter, direct email to paraprofessionals.
Continuation of Success Seminars throughout Spring 2018 and start up again in Fall 2018.
Additional grant applications submitted.

Needs Statement

Project funding for JET - $250,000.
Website - $10,000
Program Evaluation $25,000
Strategic Planning $15,000
Part-time mentors $30,000

CEO Statement

From 1986 through 2014 the MA Foundation for Teaching and Learning advised the innovative, cutting edge programs and services of the Programs and services were developed by a small, resourceful staff in collaboration with PreK-16 educators and grounded in the realities faced by schools. Professional development offerings for beginning and experienced teachers were in the form of workshops, courses, institutes, forums, mentoring and networks. From 2006-2014 the Center Director, now the Executive Director of the MA Foundation for Teaching and Learning, oversaw over $10,000,000 in federal and state grant awards aimed at improving urban students’ learning through pioneering, alternative teacher preparation and ongoing professional growth programs, such as JET, the National Science Foundation TEACH! SouthCoast Fellow/Master Teaching Fellow Program (prepared STEM teachers), Project Success (teacher mentoring), the Buzzards Bay Writing Project (improve literacy), TEACH! Brockton and TEACH! SouthCoast. The Center also received private foundation grants to produce and distribute to educators and policymakers monographs and booklets on topics such as mentoring, professional development, early childhood education, professional development school partnerships and grant proposal writing.


Board Chair Statement

My involvement with the MA Foundation for Teaching and Learning stretches to its beginning over 30 years ago. As an educator who has worked in every aspect of public and secondary education, from the classroom and later consulting with the Massachusetts Department of Education and Education Development Center to serving on a school board, in Town Meeting, and on school override campaigns, I was drawn to its mission. I have never failed to be impressed with the wide range and often astounding level of creativity of its programs serving teachers and administrators on all levels as well as paraprofessionals. In public education I, like others, have seen every manner of innovation come and go based on little data and popular fad. The Foundation is in it for the long haul: professionals who know what they are doing, why they are doing it, and who have the data to support their goals. That is rare. But its greatest challenge is obtaining adequate funding for this quality of program in a time of scarcity and competing, sometimes flashier approaches. The work of the Foundation and the Centers it advised will never disappoint. That fact has survived the test of time.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
STATEWIDE
Urban School Districts, e,g Boston, Fall River, New Bedford

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Support NEC
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Journey into Education and Teaching (JET)

The JET Program is a proven pathway for urban public school paraprofessionals to become teachers.  JET’s mission is to mentor and support urban public school paraprofessionals to become licensed classroom teachers.  Although they have substantial classroom instructional experience, most urban paraprofessionals have not completed college.

 

JET is unique in working with paraprofessionals who need to earn their bachelor’s degrees and teacher licensure requirements. JET provides guidance on financial aid, college admissions and ongoing support in this multi-year journey.  The cohort model is employed and participants attend monthly professional and career development seminars to supplement their formal academic course work and build cohort identity. Massachusetts is unique in providing a state grant that funds the undergraduate education of paraprofessionals who commit to becoming teachers in Massachusetts public schools. Paraprofessionals must remain in their jobs and attend college on a part-time basis in order to qualify for this state financial aid grant.

Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
JET participants, often first generation college students, complete their bachelor's degrees and teacher licensure requirements. The rate of college completion for JET participants, 68%, is more than double the rate of 30% for part-time adult students as reported by Complete College America.
 
JET diversifies the teacher workforce. Growing Research supports that same-race teachers contribute to higher student achievement. In the Boston Public Schools (BPS) only 37% of the teachers are diverse for a student population of 56,000 that is 86% diverse. JET BPS participants are 85% diverse. These well-prepared teacher graduates have the potential of positively impacting the lives of thousands of students. And they are committed to teaching long term in their community.
Program Long-Term Success 

JET has multiple benefits: 

·       bringing non-traditional, first-in-the-family students into higher education and raising their college completion rate;

·       providing the opportunity to attain professional employment;

·       improving the economic status of low income wage earners;

·       developing role models in schools, families and communities with high needs;

·       building a local teacher pipeline of educators reflective of and committed to the community.  

Program Success Monitored By 
JET maintains data bases on it participants as well as those paraprofessionals who have expressed interest in joining the JET program.
 
JET is in the process of contracting with an outside evaluator to conduce both quantitative and qualitative research.
Examples of Program Success 
JET is being developed and implemented in Boston based upon its success in Fall River and New Bedford.

 

JET participants achieved exceptional outcomes: 

  • 65-70% retention rate;
  • 68% earned Bachelor's degrees, most with academic honors
  • The JET college completion rate far exceeds the rate of 30% for part-time, returning adult students, according to the most recent Complete College America data.
  • 62% earned Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees
  • 25+ are teachers of record in Fall River and New Bedford public schools 

One JET participant wrote:
“The JET program changed my life.  It gave me the opportunity to finish my degree in teaching, something I never would have been able to do on my own.”          
 
The JET Academic Director at UMass Dartmouth wrote:
“This program [JET] has been tremendously successful and I think that rigor not only made you better and stronger students but it will make you better and stronger teachers. That’s what we need, that rigor in the classroom.  We need you to raise the bar for out students in the region and help the region increase its degree completion (rate)… because it will transform the economics of the region.”                                                          
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

During its 31 years of existence the MA Foundation remained true to its belief that a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student learning and success, as well as school improvement and educational policy. We have been challenged to and yet found opportunities to continuously update and improve the delivery of our professional learning programs for prospective, beginning and experienced teachers based on our first-hand experiences and research. Over the years our practice of delivering fee-based, statewide professional development programs morphed into supporting educators, as exemplified by JET, within the context of specific school districts with external funds. This has enabled us to better track results and constantly modify our efforts. Securing external funding can still be a challenge in that many funders often do not see the direct link that exists between quality teacher education and development and student learning. It is analogous to other professionals (i.e. doctors, airplane pilots, and architects) who require continual updating of professional knowledge and practices. Rapidly changing technologies, new curriculum, meeting the learning needs of diverse students, and 21stcentury workforce requirements, are among the impetuses that make it essential for teachers to have the repertoire of skills, knowledge and dispositions to ensure students reach and even surpass their potential. The MA Foundation's JET Program provides the kind of professional education and mentoring that is ongoing, collaborative and closely connected to work with students. The Foundation understands that JET is unique and finds it exciting to be able to nurture and guide the development and expansion of the JET program. Although JET is focusing on delivering its services to the Boston public school paraprofessionals, there is the potential to expand the program model and make its services available to paraprofessionals in urban communities throughout the state. JET fosters and contributes to a true community –based teacher pipeline that builds a diversified teacher workforce of experienced, committed educators who reflect the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of the community’s student population.JET could be readily adapted in urban districts throughout the Commonwealth and beyond that seek to hire teachers who reflect the racial, cultural and linguistic diversity of their respective student populations.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Karen O'Connor
CEO Term Start Oct 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Karen O’Connor has worked in education for 41 years as an early childhood teacher, staff developer and center director.  She founded the Center for University, School and Community Partnerships at UMass Dartmouth where she managed a staff of 16 and an annual budget of $2 million where the work focused on alternative educator preparation and development including Mentoring for Student Success, Buzzards Bay Writing Project, Teacher Leadership Academy, Noyce Scholars, JET. She was Principal Investigator on federal and state grants that supported this work.  At UMass Boston she oversaw the creation of statewide professional development school partnerships, applied research, publications, external relationships, and several PreK-12 educator networks and programs.

She was appointed by the Foundation Board as Executive Director in 2015, charged with exploring programmatic initiatives consistent with the Foundation’s mission such as JET.    

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Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

Grant dependent.  Executive Director and Board review and approve project proposals in accordance with Foundation's mission.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Foundation has carried out its mission over the years with a small but committed Board of Directors who have served as advisors to the various sponsored projects of the Foundation.   The Executive Director is pro bono.  Nevertheless the Foundation has taken on opportunities and made its mark in carrying out its mission of improving the instruction of educators in the Massachusetts public schools.  Educator preparation and development is constantly evolving through theory, practice and regulation. The challenge is to find new ways to address the unmet needs of educators and students.  As the Foundation develops innovative education projects relevant to its mission, new staff will have to be hired to implement these projects.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Dr. Jeanne Widmer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Center for Living and Learning
Board Chair Term Oct 1986 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rick Atkins EDCO Voting
Dr William Dandridge PhD Retired Dean of Education, Lesley University Voting
Dr. Vicki Jacobs PhD School of Education, Harvard University Voting
Dr. Lisette Kaplowitz EdD Retired Elementary School Principal Voting
Dr. Jeanne Widmer PhD Retired Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Foundation has carried out its mission over the years with a small but committed Board of Directors who have served as advisors to the various sponsored projects of the Foundation.   The Executive Director is pro bono.  Nevertheless the Foundation has taken on opportunities and made its mark in carrying out its mission of improving the instruction of educators in the Massachusetts public schools.  Educator preparation and development is constantly evolving through theory, practice and regulation. The challenge is to find new ways to address the unmet needs of educators and students.  There is much expertise among the Board members but they are open to expanding their numbers to include new members with new areas of expertise that can support innovative education projects relevant to the Foundation's mission.
 
 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $183,000.00
Projected Expense $250,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990EZ

2015 Form 990EZ

2014 Form 990EZ

2013 Form 990EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $20,000 $0 $0
Total Expenses $11,009 $2,928 $8,315

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $10,709 $1,517 $6,757
Administration Expense $300 $1,411 $1,558
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.82 0.00 0.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 97% 52% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $12,269 $3,278 $6,206
Current Assets $12,269 $3,278 $6,206
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $12,269 $3,278 $6,206

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Foundation submits 990EZ forms annually.  There are no audit documents.
 
The amount of administrative expenses is too small to be reflected in the 2016 expense pie chart.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization’s IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

 The ultimate goal is for BPS paraprofessional JET participants to complete their bachelor's degrees and teacher licensure requirements so they can be hired as teacher of record in the BPS.  This goal has the intended consequences of diversifying the teacher workforce particularly in high need diverse urban schools, providing educators who are culturally competent and committed long term to their community schools, increasing the socio-economic status of low wage earners and generating role models in schools, families and the community.
 
Our success will be determined by the number/percentage of JET participants who are retained from year-to-year and complete this multi-year journey to be employed as teachers of record in BPS classrooms.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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