2008-2018: A Ten-Year Strategic Plan for Education

Created by an Executive Order in June of 2007, the Readiness Project is a statewide initiative involving over 200 educators, business leaders, and community leaders who will lead the development of a 10-year strategic plan for the future of education in the Commonwealth. This will include consideration of some fundamental and systemic challenges that face public education in Massachusetts.

The goal of this project is to create a comprehensive, child-centered public education system that begins before kindergarten, continues through grade 12 and higher education, and extends through work force development and lifelong learning to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to achieve his of her full potential.

To realize this goal public schools, higher education institutions, and private and community partners will need to work together to provide students with pathways to prepare for life and work and to enable the Commonwealth to be competitive in the 21st century.

The committee reports, to be released in the spring of 2008, will provide recommendations that will guide the administration in making future investments and reforms in education.

To meet these challenges, the Readiness Project members will be guided by these 5 education objectives:

  1. Provide every child with the opportunity to enter public school ready to learn.
  2. Provide every student with outstanding and highly qualified teachers who are respected professionals recruited from among the best and the brightest in the Commonwealth.
  3. Provide every student with the support necessary to meet the state's high standards and high expectations.
  4. Provide the support and infrastructure needed to ensure the opportunity for every student to have an accessible, affordable and globally competitive higher education.
  5. Provide an education system that enables every student to transition successfully from high school to higher education, to the work force ready to succeed and to be a productive, engaged and contributing citizen.


Special Advisor to the Governor

Dana Mohler-Faria
President, Bridgewater State College

Co-Chairs of the Readiness Project

Jackie Jenkins-Scott
President, Wheelock College

Tom Payzant
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Joe Tucci
Chairman, President & CEO
EMC Corporation

Leadership Council

  • Senator Robert Antonioni, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Education
  • Dan Asquino, President of Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Eduardo Carballo, Superintendent Holyoke Public Schools
  • Patricia H. Crosby, Executive Director, Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board
  • Ed Dugger, President and CEO, UNC Partners, Inc. (Boston)
  • Grace Fey, Principal, Grace Fey Advisors (Boston)
  • Michael B. Flynn, Teacher, South Hampton Public Schools and Recipient of the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher Award
  • Chris Gabrieli, Co-Founder and Chairman, Mass2020 (Boston)
  • Representative Patricia Haddad, House Chair, Joint Committee on Education
  • Clare Higgins, Mayor, Northampton Massachusetts
  • Kathy Kelly, Former President American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director, Museum of Science (Boston)
  • Dana Mohler-Faria, Governor's Special Advisor for Education, President (Bridgewater)
  • Janet Palmer-Owens, Acting Assistant Superintendent, Triad A, Boston Public Schools
  • Paul Sagan, CEO Akamai Technologies
  • Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation (West Harwich)
  • Harry Spence, Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School (Boston)
  • Henry Thomas, President, Urban League of Springfield

Subcommittees and Members

Accountability & Assistance

  • Co-Chair, Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation (Jamaica Plain)
  • Co-Chair, Karla Baehr, Superintendent, Lowell Public Schools (Newton)
  • Bill Bourbeau, 8th Grade Reading Teacher, Fitchburg Public Schools (Fitchburg)
  • James Caradonio, Superintendent, Worcester Public Schools (Worcester)
  • Debbie Drugan, Assistant Superintendent, Chicopee Public Schools (Chicopee)
  • Dan French, Executive Director, Center for Collaborative Education (Boston)
  • Sue Gee, Superintendent, Quabbin Regional School District (Rockport)
  • Jose Irizarry, Principal, Margaret Cells School (West Springfield)
  • Shirley Kountze, former Elementary and Middle Principal, Medford Public Schools (Andover)
  • Ed Moscovitch, Chairman, Bay State Reading Institute (Gloucester)
  • Linda Noonan, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (Westwood)
  • David Roach, Principal, The Nativity School (Sutton)
  • Nancy Tailby, Executive Director, Massachusetts Head Start Association (Weymouth)
  • Megan Tupa, Consultant, SchoolWorks (Boston)
  • Ron Walker, Associate Director, Atlas Communities (Lynn)

Curriculum Alignment

  • Co-Chair, Carole Cowan, President, Middlesex Community College (Manchester-by-the-Sea)
  • Co-Chair, Neil Sullivan, Executive Director, Boston Private Industry Council (Dorchester)
  • Gail Carberry, President, Quinsigamond Community College (Auburn)
  • Charles Fadel, Global Lead for Education, Cisco Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford)
  • Bill Guenther, President, Mass Insight (Beverly)
  • Adrian Haugabrook, Vice President, TERI (Framingham)
  • Bill Kendall, Director of Mathematics and Technology, Braintree Public Schools (South Weymouth)
  • Janice Lisi, Second Grade Teacher, Lynn Public Schools (Lynnfield)
  • Elisa Lopez-Dobski, Interim Executive Director, Latino Education Institute at Worcester State College (Worcester)
  • Marinel McGrath, Superintendent, Hamilton-Wenham (Newburyport)
  • Fernando Reimers, Director Global Education, Harvard (Belmont)
  • Joan Scribner, Principal, Nipmuc Regional High School (Upton)
  • Matthew Sloane, AVID Site Coordinator and Grant Director, Hyde Park Middle School (Newton)
  • Steve Winter, Senior Project Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Cambridge

Early Education & Care

  • Co-Chair, Yvette Rodriguez, Deputy Director Program Operations Head Start and Children's Services, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (Quincy)
  • Co-Chair, Margaret Blood, President, Strategies for Children, Inc. (Jamaica Plain)
  • Margaret Angell, Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, Boston Public Schools (Boston)
  • Roy Belson, Superintendent, Medford Public Schools (Medford)
  • JD Chesloff, Policy Director, MA Business Roundtable (Arlington)
  • Marie Enochty, Coordinator, Cape and Islands Early Childhood Resource Center (Brewster)
  • Karen Fredrick, President, Massachusetts Association for Early Education and Care (Dracut)
  • Sally Fuller, Project Director, Cherish Every Child, Irene E. & George A. David Foundation (Wilbraham)
  • Sister Kathleen, Harrington, Director, John E. Boyd Child Care & Development, New Bedford
  • Heidi Kaufman, Director of Educational Programs, MetroWest YMCA (Framingham)
  • John Lippit, Early Childhood Policy Analyst, Lippitt Consulting (Reading)
  • Wendy Luk, Bilingual Child Care Trainer, Boston Chinatown Community Center (Chestnut Hill)
  • Marta Rosa, Director, Government Affairs/ Interim Sr. Director, Aspire Institute, Wheelock College (Revere)
  • Ada Rosmarin, Director, Milton Early Childhood Alliance (Milton)
  • Sharon Scott-Chandler, Chairwoman, Board of Early Education and Care (Natick)
  • Peg Sprague, Vice President, United Way, Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (Boston)
  • Valora Washington, Executive Director, The Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education
  • Ardith Wieworka, Executive VP, Child Development & Education (Roxbury)
  • Wayne Ysaguirre, President and CEO, Associated Early Care and Education (Roxbury)

Education & Technology

  • Co-Chair, Mary Grant, President, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (North Adams)
  • Co-Chair, Robert Richardson, East Coast Education Manager, Intel Massachusetts, Inc. (Concord)
  • Robert Cornacchioli, Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services, Shrewsbury Public Schools (Worcester)
  • Ann Marie, Levins, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation (Newton)
  • Anne Manning, Information Systems Manager, Student Life Division, Wellesley College (Natick)
  • Chris Moore, COO, HCEC (Chelmsford)
  • Adam Newman, Managing VP Industry Solutions, Eduventures (Boston)
  • Kim Rice, CIO, Boston Public Schools (Manchester)
  • Mary Skipper, Headmaster, TechBoston Academy (Dorchester)
  • Donna Stewartson, Associate Director, Women in Politics and Public Policy (Dorchester)
  • Isa Zimmerman, Senior Fellow, The PK-16 Stem Initiative, UMass Donahue Institute (Boston)

Expanded Teaching & Learning Time

  • Chair, Earl Martin, Phalen, Founder & CEO, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), Dorchester
  • Co-Chair, Joan Connolly, Academic Director of Professional Programs, Harvard School of Education (Rowley)
  • Sheri Adlin, Executive Director, South Shore Day Care Services (Roslindale)
  • Michael P. Cahill, Public Policy Director, YMCA, MA (Beverly)
  • Patricia Driscoll, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Lynn (Lawrence)
  • Gwynn Hughes, Executive Director, Mass After School Partnership (West Newton)
  • Lucia Mayerson-David, Director for Institute of Learning and Teaching, UMass Boston (Newton)
  • James McManus, Principal, Slowey/McManus Communications (West Roxbury)
  • Dishon Mills, Senior Manager of the Department of Extended Learning Time and After School and Services, Boston Public Schools (Randolph)
  • Celina Miranda, Charitable Giving Manager, Bank of New York Mellon (East Boston)
  • Rachel Stoler, Co-coordinator, Community Coalition for Teens (Greenfield)
  • John Werner, Executive Director, Citizen Schools (Brookline)
  • Josh Zoia, Principal, KIPP Academy (Lynn)

High School Plus

  • Co-Chair, Buzz Nembirkow, Superintendent, Brockton Public Schools (Brockton)
  • Co-Chair, Gerald Chertavian, Founder & CEO, Year Up (Cambridge)
  • Edward Bouquillon, Superintendent/Director, Minuteman Regional Technical High School District, Lexington (Holyoke)
  • Dolores Calaf, Director, Lawrence Regional Center, Cambridge College (Lawrence)
  • Harneen Chernow, Director 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, Mass Branch of SEIU, State Board of Education (Jamaica Plain)
  • Melissa Colon, Associate Director, The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy (Cambridge)
  • Charles Desmond, Executive Vice President, Trefler Foundation (Danvers)
  • Patricia Gregson, Vice President, Mount Wachusett Community College (Hubbardston)
  • Richard Kazis, Senior Vice President, Jobs for the Future (Brookline)
  • Mary Lassen, Consultant, (Dorchester)
  • Jim Marini, Superintendent, North Andover Public Schools (Walpole)
  • Irma Medina, Pathways Programs Coordinator, Holyoke Community College (Springfield)
  • Libby Porter, Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, grades 6-12, Westford Public Schools (Winchester)
  • Joan Quinlan, Director, MGH Community Benefit Program (Brookline)

Innovative Schools

  • Chair, Lyle Kirtman, President, Future Management Systems (Wenham)
  • Ed Doherty, Assistant to President, AFT Massachusetts (Jamaica Plain)
  • Michael Goldstein, Director, The Match School (Watertown)
  • Jewel James, Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Citizens Bank (Medford)
  • Dr. Marc, Kenen, Executive Director, Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (Haydenville)
  • Chris Martes, Superintendent, Foxborough Public Schools (Easton)
  • Crista Martinez, Executive Director, Families First Parenting Program (Watertown)
  • Tom Scott, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (Lexington)

Long-Term Funding

  • Co-Chair, Jim McIntyre, Chief Operating Officer, Boston Public Schools (Boston)
  • Co-Chair, Thomas Downes, Associate Professor, Tufts University (Brookline)
  • Noah Berger, Executive Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (Cambridge)
  • David Danning, Research Director, Massachusetts Teachers Association (Brookline)
  • Paul Dakin, Superintendent, Revere Public Schools (Revere)
  • Peter Enrich, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law (Lexington)
  • Dorothy Galo, Superintendent, Hingham Public Schools (Hingham)
  • Peter Haley, Member, Winchester Board of Selectmen, Winchester, MA (Winchester)
  • Cam Huff, Consultant (Billerica)
  • Greg Jobin-Leeds, Co-founder, Chair of the Board, Schott Foundation (Cambridge)
  • John Musante, Assistant Town Manager/Finance Director, Town of Amherst (Amherst)
  • Robert L. Pura, President, Greenfield Community College
  • Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Member, Andover School Committee (Andover)
  • William Rodriguez, Strategic Consultant (Norwood)
  • Steve Theall, Executive Director, MA Organization of Educational Collaboratives (Needham)
  • George Thorn, Vice President, Senior Program Officer, Bank of America (Dorchester)
  • David Tobin, Lead, Chapter 70 Roundtable (Northborough)
  • Michael Weisman, Attorney, Weisman & McIntyre, P.C. (Newton)

MCAS & Assessments

  • Co-Chair, Nick Donohue, CEO and President, Nellie Mae Education Foundation (Hanson)
  • Co-Chair, Maura Banta, Corporate Community Relations Manager, IBM (Worcester)
  • Marcony Almeida, Policy Associate, MIRA Coalition (Everett)
  • Dave Ferreira, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (Dartmouth)
  • Sacha Garcia-Mailloux, Assistant Principal, Forest Park Middle School (West Springfield)
  • Lisa Guisbond, Policy Analyst, Fair Test/Lead Author, Campaign for the Education of the Whole Child, Campaign for the Whole Child, Campaign for the Whole Child (Brookline)
  • Curtis Jones, Director, Partnership for Whole School Change (Jamaica Plain)
  • Trudy Knowles, Professor, Westfield State College (Westfield)
  • David Krane, Second Grade Teacher, Vinson-Owen Elementary School (Somerville)
  • Kevin Lyons, Superintendent, Newburyport Public Schools (Hampton, NH)
  • Philomena Mantella, Senior VP for Enrollment Management and Student Life, Northeastern University (Boston)
  • Jim Nehring, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, UMass Lowell (Ayer)
  • Shirley Owens-Hicks, Retired State Representative (Mattapan)
  • Ruth Rodriguez Fay, Family and Community Outreach Coordinator, Boston Day and Evening Academy (Chelsea)
  • Jibril Salaam, Higher Education Outreach Director, TechBoston/Boston Public Schools (West Roxbury)
  • Dr. John Sbrega, President, Bristol Community College (Fall River)
  • Elaine Webb, Advocacy Liaison, Reading School Committee (Reading)

Public & Private Higher Education

  • Co-Chair, Jean McCormack, Chancellor, UMass Dartmouth (Dartmouth)
  • Co-Chair, Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University (Boston)
  • Janelle Ashley, President, Worcester State College (Paxton)
  • Lucy Benson, Retired, Former public servant (Amherst)
  • Edelina M. Burciaga, Attorney, Mass Law Reform Institute (Cambridge)
  • Phil Clay, Chancellor, MIT (Cambridge)
  • Francis Couvares, E. Dwight Salmon Professor of History and American Studies, Amherst College (Amherst)
  • Richard Doherty, President, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (Milton)
  • Joseph LeBlanc, President, Massachusetts Community College Council and English Professor, Northern Essex Community College.
  • Max Page, Associate Professor of Arch. And History/President MSP, UMass Amherst (Amherst)
  • John Schneider, Acting CEO, Mass Inc. (Lowell)
  • Sylvia Simmons, Lecturer, Boston University (Roxbury)
  • Peter Stokes, Executive Vice President, Eduventures, Inc. (Arlington)
  • Linda Turner, President, Urban College (Milton)

Recruiting & Retaining Educators

  • Co-Chair, Don McCallion, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association School Personnel Administrators (Southborough)
  • Co-Chair, Dr. Cheryl Stanley, Professor of Education, Westfield State College (Springfield)
  • Michelle Boyers, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Boston Public Schools (Boston)
  • Anna Bradfield, Dean, School of Education and Allied Studies, Bridgewater State College (East Taunton)
  • Thelma Burnes, Consultant to Belmont Public Schools (Dorchester)
  • Susan Freedman, President, Teachers 21 (Needham)
  • Tom Gosnell, President, AFT Massachusetts (Winchester)
  • Bob Knittle, Math Instructional Specialist/Sr. Project Manager, Jobs for the Future (Worcester)
  • Ophelia Navarro, Research & Policy Analyst, Strategies for Children, Inc./Early Education for All Campaign (Cambridge)
  • Leslie Nicholson, Policy Director, Stand for Children (Cambridge)
  • Mark Peters, Esq, Rubin and Rudman, LLP (Cambridge)
  • Isabellina Rodriguez Babcock, Superintendent, Northampton Public Schools (Springfield)
  • Paul Schlichtman, Past President, Massachusetts Association of School Committees (Arlington)
  • Jim Stanton, Director, The Technology Initiative, Metro S/W Regional Employment Board (Marlborough)
  • Paul Toner, Vice President, Massachusetts Teachers Association (Cambridge)
  • Ron Walker, Associate Director, Atlas Communities (Lynn)

Whole Child

  • Co-Chair, Mark Culliton, CEO, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (Dorchester)
  • Co-Chair, Carla Jentz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Administrators for Special Education (Newton)
  • Joe Burke, Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools (Springfield)
  • Dennie Butler-McKay, President & CEO, Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (Jamaica Plain)
  • Susan Cole, Director Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School (Cambridge)
  • Charles Conroy, Executive Director, Doctor Franklin Perkins School (Lancaster)
  • Frankie Cruz, Executive Director, Boston Scholars Program (Watertown)
  • Kathy Hassey, President, Massachusetts School Nurse Organization (Carlisle)
  • Edward Madaus, Executive Director, Guild of St. Agnes Child Care (Boylston)
  • Isolda Ortega-Bustamante, Director, Engaging Latino Communities for Education/Holyoke Community College (Granby)
  • Caroline Ross, Senior Director of Community Impact, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (Newton)
  • Roosevelt Smith, Executive Director, Urban Dreams (Lansdowne, PA)
  • Mary Ann Stewart, Parent and Board Member, Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association (Lexington)
  • Judy Thompson, Guidance Director, Worcester Public Schools (Worcester)
  • Nancy Tyler Schoen, 2005 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year/Director of Music, Franklin Public Schools (Franklin)

UMass & Public Higher Education

  • Chair, Bob Antonucci, President, Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg)
  • John Bassett, President, Clark University (Worcester)
  • Fred Clark, Chair, Board of Higher Education (Easton)
  • Patricia Crosson, Professor Emeriti, Umass Amherst (Amherst)
  • Richard Freeland, President Emeritus, Northeastern University (Boston)
  • Deborah Hirsch, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mount Ida College (Newton)
  • Jim Karam, President & CEO, First Bristol Corporation (Tiverton, RI)
  • Pat Markunas, President, MA State College Association (Salem)
  • Arthur Pippo, Director, MTA Division of Higher Education (Ipswich)
  • John Portz, Professor, Northeastern University (Watertown)
  • Alan Solomont, Chairman, Solomont Bailis Ventures (Weston)
  • Sid Topol, President, Topol Group, LLC/Topol Family Fund (Boston)

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