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Empower Schools Inc.

 24 School Street, 3rd Floor
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 378-3900
[F] --
www.empowerschools.org
[email protected]
Alyssa Schechter
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INCORPORATED: 2013
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3534001

LAST UPDATED: 02/13/2017
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 No

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 national Third Way movement that leverages and fuses the best of districts and charters to help students, especially disadvantaged ones, succeed.

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 national Third Way movement that leverages and fuses the best of districts and charters to help students, especially disadvantaged ones, succeed.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $1,964,865.00
Projected Expense $2,380,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Empowerment Zones
  • Policy

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


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 national Third Way movement that leverages and fuses the best of districts and charters to help students, especially disadvantaged ones, succeed.

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 and Denver, CO that now serve more than 7,000 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. 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 Luminary Learning Network, Denver's first innovation zone
  • Advancing legislation to enable more autonomous schools in Massachusetts
 
Goals:
  • Ensure the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership is successful as a proof point for Empower Schools' empowerment zone model and maintains conditions for continued innovation.
  • Provide strategy and policy support to the Luminary Learning Network during to ensure the successful launch and expansion of Denver’s first Innovation Zone.
  • Nurture new Legislation and/or regulation to enable Empowerment Zones.
  • Facilitate the spread of Empowerment Zone practices and Third Way thinking.
 

Needs Statement

  • Financial support to enable Empower Schools to add staff capacity to support the communities that have expressed interest in the Empowerment Zone model
  • Financial support to enable Empower Schools to add staff capacity to codify the Empowerment Zone model

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
  2. -
  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—in just two years, Empowerment Zones have grown to encompass more than 7,000 seats across 14 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
  • SEZP entered into a partnership with UP Education Network to operate one of its consistently under-performing middle schools
  • 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

 


Policy

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 policy program will include legislation passed 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 in the MA House and Senate.
  • Innovation Partnership Zones are included in the Massachusetts Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
  • 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 10
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 17
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 17

Plans & Policies

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

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: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 5
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
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 $1,964,865.00
Projected Expense $2,380,000.00
Form 990s

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials for FY16 and FY15 and per the 990 for FY14. Additional breakout details regarding Foundation and Corporation funding was provided by the organization for all three years listed above. Please note, effective July 1, 2016, Empower Schools Inc. merged with National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL) and NCTL became the surviving entity and thereafter changed its name to Empower Schools Inc. Please refer to the auditor's letter and Note 6 of the FY16 audit above for further information. The FY15 and FY14 IRS Form 990s and the FY15 audit above reflect the existing Empower Schools Inc. entity and nonprofit status.
 

Documents


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