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Empower Schools Inc.

 50 Milk ST, 16th Floor
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 3783950
[F] (617) 3783950
www.empowerschools.org
[email protected]
Janine Pires
INCORPORATED: 2013
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3534001

LAST UPDATED: 03/07/2019
Organization DBA Empower Schools
Former Names National Center on Time and Learning (2016)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We believe schools and communities thrive when educators are empowered and held accountable for making the key decisions at the school level that are best for students. We have developed Empowerment Zones as structures that create and sustain the conditions enabling empowered schools. Empowerment Zones are part of a Third Way approach that is student centered with regard to outcomes, educator empowering with regard to means, is community rooted with regard to governance and is broadly applicable across grade levels, geographies and contexts. 

Mission Statement

Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We believe schools and communities thrive when educators are empowered and held accountable for making the key decisions at the school level that are best for students. We have developed Empowerment Zones as structures that create and sustain the conditions enabling empowered schools. Empowerment Zones are part of a Third Way approach that is student centered with regard to outcomes, educator empowering with regard to means, is community rooted with regard to governance and is broadly applicable across grade levels, geographies and contexts. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $1,689,111.00
Projected Expense $3,712,988.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Empowerment Zones
  • Public Education and Advocacy

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We believe schools and communities thrive when educators are empowered and held accountable for making the key decisions at the school level that are best for students. We have developed Empowerment Zones as structures that create and sustain the conditions enabling empowered schools. Empowerment Zones are part of a Third Way approach that is student centered with regard to outcomes, educator empowering with regard to means, is community rooted with regard to governance and is broadly applicable across grade levels, geographies and contexts. 

Background Statement

Empower Schools is a Boston-based non-profit partnering with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We partner with teachers, principals, district and civic leaders, and state education agencies to create Empowerment Zones: networks of schools with independently sustained autonomy where well-supported principals and teacher leadership teams can design, implement, and continuously improve school programs to best meet their students’ needs. We believe that schools are the unit of success and that an Empowerment Zone should sustainably create the conditions where existing educators can have full autonomy and accountability for student outcomes. In partnership with local and state leaders, Empower has successfully designed and launched Empowerment Zones in Springfield, MA,  Denver, CO, and Waco, TX that now serve more than 12,000 K-12 students.

In 2011, at the invitation of the Commissioner, Empower’s founders were invited to support the design and launch of a turnaround effort for Lawrence’s public schools through a state takeover.  In just four years, the resulting work has challenged assumptions about what is possible for schools and students in large-scale district reform. Between 2012 and 2016, the percentage of students in Lawrence attending Level 1 schools increased more than 5x from 8% to 42%. The success of the educational strategy taken in Lawrence led us to found Empower Schools.

In the fall of 2014, Empower Schools served as the catalyst for the creation and then the design and launch partner for the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP), which now includes ten schools serving approximately 80% of all middle school students and 20% of all high school students in the second largest school district in New England. In 2015, our model spread beyond Massachusetts as we supported the design and launch of Denver’s first Innovation Zone: the Luminary Learning Network. Following that, we supported the launch of two more Zones in Denver, the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone and the Beacon Schools Network. We are also engaged deeply in Texas, where we supported the design and launch of Transformation Waco, in Waco, TX. More recently, we have been recognized by local and state leaders in Massachusetts and thought leaders around the country, and we are engaged in active discussions with a number of states and districts interested in partnering with us to explore whether Empowerment Zones may help them achieve their goals, particularly in better serving their neediest students.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
  • Supporting the on-going development of Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership and codifying the Empowerment Zone model
  • Launching the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone and the Beacon Schools Network in Denver (Denver's second and third Zones, respectively)
  • Launching Transformation Waco, a Zone in Waco, TX
  • Advancing legislation to enable more autonomous schools in Massachusetts
 
Goals:
  • Facilitate the spread of Empowerment Zone practices
  • Ensure that Zones Matter for students, educators and communities, both locally and nationally
  • Maintain Empower's health and strength organizationally
 

Needs Statement

  • Financial support to enable Empower Schools to cultivate new potential opportunities and partners to further expand the project pipeline and scale impact
  • Financial support to codify and proselytize the idea of sustainable, autonomous, accountable and independently governed district schools to build a broader movement and the field, more generally
  • Financial support to build staff capacity to execute on these goals

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
NATIONAL
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
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  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Empowerment Zones

The Empowerment Zone model allows communities to bring a high-autonomy, high-accountability framework into use within traditional districts. The resulting existing and new district schools are able to adapt and improve more quickly, use resources more efficiently, and recruit and retain the most talented educators. Empowerment Zones create sufficiently independent governance to provide sustainability and insulation from local political cycles. One of the most exciting elements of the model is the scale—Empowerment Zones have grown to encompass more than 12,000 seats across 27 schools. In our partnerships with communities, Empower Schools supports the development of a tailored Empowerment Zone structure through a deliberate collaborative process.

Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success in Empowerment Zones includes schools' demonstrating meaningful improvement in academic outcomes and a significant increase in the number of students enrolled in schools that prepare them for college and career.  Additionally, we aim to build local leadership and capacity to operate the Zone.
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success for Empowerment Zones will be the closing of opportunity and achievement gaps in communities around the country.  To get there, this success will include a fundamental shift in how districts operate so that school leaders and educators are empowered to make decisions that matter most for their students' growth and achievement.  An additional indicator of success in these autonomous schools will be a significant increase in the use of proven and promising tools and partners to drive continuous improvement.  Finally, Empowerment Zones seek to build strong and sustainable relationships between key Zone stakeholders and state and local leaders.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
  •  Nearly all SEZP schools have adopted a new and more rigorous curriculum in core subjects
  • SEZP schools have hired earlier and started the school year with fewer vacancies
  • SEZP schools are providing additional student-level interventions and enrichment opportunities, differentiating PD, and increasing the amount of teacher collaboration time in the school day
  • The Luminary Learning Network has created a process for collaboration across schools to drive continuous improvement
  • Both the SEZP and the LLN are operated by the Executive Directors of their respective non-profit oversight organizations, increasing on-the-ground capacity and placing Empower in an advisory role

 


Public Education and Advocacy

We work with policymakers to support Third Way policies that allow for a diverse set of leaders and organizations to operate collaboratively. 
Budget  --
Category  Education, General/Other Education Policy Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short-term success for our public education and advocacy program will include supporting Representative Alice Peisch and Senator Eric Lesser in passing legislation in Massachusetts to enable more districts to take advantage of the opportunity to empower school leaders and educators to make decisions that matter most for their students.  
Program Long-Term Success  More states will leverage existing or create new regulatory pathways to enable Empowerment Zone models
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
  • Innovation Partnership Zone legislation has been filed by Representative Alice Peisch in the MA House and Senator Eric Lesser in the MA Senate.
  • Innovation Partnership Zones are included in the Massachusetts and Tennessee Every Student Succeeds Act plans.
  • Through efforts like Boston:Forward, we helped organize and empower education innovators and change agents.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Gabrieli
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Brett Alessi Cofounder and Managing Partner --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Chris Gabrieli
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cofounder and CEO
Board Chair Term July 2013 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Brett Alessi Co-Founder and Managing Partner Voting
Jose Alvarez Harvard Business School Voting
Chris Gabrieli Cofounder and CEO Voting
Stephanie Khurana Draper Richards Kaplan Voting
Steve Kraus Bessemer Venture Partners Voting
Paymon Rouhanifard Community Volunteer Voting
Mary Seawell Gates Family Foundation Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $1,689,111.00
Projected Expense $3,712,988.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $3,051,135 $919,282 $200,000
Total Expenses $1,450,629 $866,149 $140,857

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,545,566 $750,018 $170,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $449,217 $132,356 $30,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $52,279 $36,908 --
Other $4,073 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,154,426 $486,597 $132,598
Administration Expense $245,234 $206,841 $2,400
Fundraising Expense $50,969 $172,711 $5,859
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.10 1.06 1.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 56% 94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 20% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,864,944 $224,844 $74,395
Current Assets $1,564,944 $224,844 $74,395
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $152,162 $112,568 $15,252
Total Net Assets $1,712,782 $112,276 $59,143

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.28 2.00 4.88

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014