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Educators For Excellence - Massachusetts Chapter

 80 Pine Street, 28th Floor
 New York, NY 10005
[P] (212) 279-8510
[F] (212) 279-8638
www.educators4excellence.org
[email protected]
Sarah Zuckerman
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INCORPORATED: 2010
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-3382030

LAST UPDATED: 11/21/2016
Organization DBA Educators 4 Excellence
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of forward-thinking teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape their classrooms and careers.

Since 2010, E4E has built a movement of educators in New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago, and now Boston, seeking two long-term, inextricably linked outcomes: to 1) elevate the quality and prestige of the teaching profession and 2) improve outcomes for students.

Mission Statement

For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of forward-thinking teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape their classrooms and careers.

Since 2010, E4E has built a movement of educators in New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago, and now Boston, seeking two long-term, inextricably linked outcomes: to 1) elevate the quality and prestige of the teaching profession and 2) improve outcomes for students.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $17,900,000.00
Projected Expense $17,900,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Learn, Network, Take Action

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of forward-thinking teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape their classrooms and careers.

Since 2010, E4E has built a movement of educators in New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago, and now Boston, seeking two long-term, inextricably linked outcomes: to 1) elevate the quality and prestige of the teaching profession and 2) improve outcomes for students.


Background Statement

Every child deserves the opportunity to receive an excellent education, yet millions of students across the country are not receiving the educational opportunities that will prepare them for college and careers. Abundant research shows that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor in student achievement, and we know that by raising the quality of the teaching profession, we will positively impact student outcomes.

Yet, even as policymakers and education leaders acknowledge the importance of teachers and aim to create policies that directly impact teaching quality, the voices of classroom teachers are consistently left out of developing, designing, and implementing policies that directly impact their profession and their students. This top-down approach to educational change creates policies without the expertise of educators and a lack of buy-in, feedback loops, and long-term effectiveness. E4E seeks to shift this dynamic by ensuring classroom teachers drive critical policy change from the classroom up.

Over the last six years, E4E has built a movement of educators in New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago, and now Boston, seeking two long-term inextricably linked outcomes: to 1) elevate the quality and prestige of the teaching profession and 2) improve outcomes for students. As we work towards these long-term outcomes, E4E’s program is focused on achieving five intermediate-term priorities in order to uniquely position E4E teachers to create change for students from within the system. Specifically, we:

  1. Build a movement of forward-thinking teachers, through our grassroots organizing model, who are united by a common vision for change, as outlined in E4E’s Declaration of Principles and Beliefs, a set of teacher-written policies our members believe need to change in order to drive better outcomes for all students;
  2. Identify, cultivate, and train teacher leaders to take on key positions of leadership and influence to drive change for students in their schools, districts, unions, and states;
  3. Create policy recommendations, generated entirely by teachers, to bridge the gap between those who make policy and those who implement it;
  4. Advocate for implementation of these teacher recommended policies through high-level, multi-faceted, teacher-led advocacy campaigns; and
  5. Scale the model to deepen our impact, expand our reach, and ensure sustainability.

Impact Statement

During the 2015-2016 school year, E4E met several milestones that have helped amplify the voices of classroom teachers, including:

  • Growing our movement of forward-thinking teachers to more than 21,000 members across the country.
  • Training almost 700 E4E Teacher Leaders to mobilize their colleagues and be advocates for their students both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Publishing 8 teacher-written policy white papers on topics such as implementation of the Common Core for unique student populations, ending racial disparities in student discipline, and improving teacher evaluation to support professional growth.
  • Advocating for meaningful policy changes such as accountability for teacher preparation programs in Minnesota, implementation of the Common Core in Los Angeles, and improvements to school climate in New York.
  • Investing in our infrastructure and expanding our organization-wide team with top talent, the vast majority of whom are former teachers, to support our growth.

Additionally, after extensive due diligence within the Boston community in the 2015-2016 school year, E4E began working with local teachers, community leaders, and stakeholders to launch a Boston chapter. During the 2016-2017 school year, we will fully launch E4E-Boston’s programmatic activities and operations to empower educators to advocate for meaningful, systemic changes that will impact the lives of the 57,000 students in Boston Public Schools.


Needs Statement

1) In preparation for E4E-Boston's full programmatic launch, we have continued to source and interview candidates to fill key roles on the Local Leadership Team and Outreach Team.

2) We seek for local chapters to be financially supported by local partners and aim to raise a launch fund to ensure the sustainability of this work in Boston.

3) In addition to building a long-term base of local support, E4E-Boston is looking to launch a Local Advisory Board to provide the critical expertise and connections required to ensure a solid and sustained presence in Boston.

4) E4E desires to build strong relationships with organizations that address aspects of the education movement outside E4E’s scope of work (e.g. parent and student organizing and policy research) as well as organizations working on similar issues (e.g. advocacy organizations and teacher leadership programs).

5) We are also looking to gain valuable context and insight from stakeholders across Boston’s education community to inform our strategies and tactics in an evolving landscape as well as work in coalition and collaboration.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Parent & Teacher Groups
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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)

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Programs

Learn, Network, Take Action

E4E’s robust suite of programming provides teachers with opportunities to:

Learn: E4E teachers come together to learn how policies impact their profession and their students. E4E provides news and research about current education policies and practices via our weekly newsletter, blog, and website.

Network: E4E teachers connect with like-minded colleagues and policy stakeholders in order to bridge the gap between those who make policy and those who implement it. E4E hosts a series of policy and networking events to share teachers’ voices with education decision makers.

Take Action: E4E teachers take action by advocating for teacher leadership and collaboration at their schools, pushing for E4E teacher-created policy recommendations at the district and state levels through the E4E Policy and Action Team programs, and supporting and training teacher leaders through the E4E Teacher Leadership program.

The budget outlined is the local operating budget for E4E-Boston.

Budget  $1,500,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education Policy Programs
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

E4E plans to launch a full host of programming in Boston during the 2016-2017 school year to build a movement of hundreds of E4E-Boston members as well as develop and empower their leadership at the school, district, union, and state levels. Members will also identify a policy area of focus and create recommendations on a relevant and timely issue, which will then serve as the basis for a high-level advocacy campaign the following year.

Program Long-Term Success 

Ultimately, E4E envisions an education system where forward-thinking, solutions-oriented teachers are driving essential education reforms to transform our current public education system to improve outcomes for students.

Program Success Monitored By 

During annual internal E4E impact planning, we set local and national goals against organizational metrics and consistently track our progress to inform and refine our work in real time. Specifically, to evaluate programmatic success we track membership and leadership numbers and engagement indicators (such as events attended, leaders trained, advocacy actions taken, etc.) through Salesforce. Periodically, we send surveys to our membership base to evaluate their experience. From these quantitative and qualitative indicators, we adjust our programmatic strategies as necessary.

Additionally, we gauge our progress towards policy change and community engagement through a number of measures including media engagement, stakeholder meetings, and changes to both state laws and district policies.

Examples of Program Success 

Across the country, E4E has run successful campaigns resulting in tangible impact. In 2015, E4E-CT teachers published recommendations focused on supporting unique student populations, including English Language Learners and students with special needs, in Hartford. E4E-CT launched the recommendations at an event, where 80+ educators, community members, and policymakers discussed the recommendations and shared their reflections with Hartford’s Superintendent. After the event, the Superintendent met with E4E Policy Team members and committed to implement many of their recommendations. To date, the district has begun to fulfill this commitment by translating its website into Spanish to make it accessible to parents and launching conversations between teachers and department heads to create structures for teacher-led professional development. Teachers are also now represented on several district-run committees, ensuring that E4E teachers are a critical voice in district decision-making.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sarah Zuckerman
CEO Term Start Aug 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience


Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

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

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
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 Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Peter Flaherty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Arcon Partners
Board Chair Term Aug 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Peter Flaherty Arcon Partners and McKinsey & Company --
Jemal Graham Q644- Eagle Academy III --
Michael Loeb Urban Institute of Mathematics --
Tulaine Montgomery New Profit --
Sydney Morris Educators for Excellence --
Evan Stone Educators for Excellence --

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $15,373,432 $6,546,611 $5,136,149
Total Expenses $7,612,852 $5,277,200 $3,383,253

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $15,359,623 $6,524,152 $5,135,182
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $-4,118 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $17,627 $3,873 $517
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $300 $18,586 $450

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $5,729,512 $4,142,133 $2,846,861
Administration Expense $1,289,221 $704,862 $345,255
Fundraising Expense $594,119 $430,205 $191,137
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.02 1.24 1.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 78% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 7% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $13,145,209 $5,194,460 $3,695,791
Current Assets $9,707,881 $3,930,152 $2,789,641
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $577,138 $387,712 $158,345
Total Net Assets $12,568,071 $4,806,748 $3,537,446

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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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 No
Reserve Fund Yes
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 16.82 10.14 17.62

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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 are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Asset and liability data is per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, the above data in the charts and graphs reflects the nonprofit's national data; whereas the other areas of the profile describe the nonprofit's local work. In 2012 the organization changed its fiscal year from calendar (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31) to July 1 - June 30. As such, the 2012 Form 990 and audit posted above cover 6 months (Jan. 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012).

Documents


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