In order to properly frame and execute specific policy initiatives to support a globally competitive education delivery system across all communities in Massachusetts (with a particular emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math), the Mass High Tech Council is producing a State Education Priorities Plan.
In 2007, the Council convened various stakeholders under the leadership of Ray Stata (Analog Devices) and Henri Termeer (Genzyme). We created a foundational analysis reflecting the interrelated priorities of reorganizing school structures and practices to allow for far-reaching reform to take place, and for increasing leadership and teacher capacity.
Through appointment by Gov. Romney to the Mass. Board of Education as a member and chair of the board in 2006, Council President Chris Anderson--with support from Council members--was able to lead Board of Education initiatives resulting in stronger STEM teacher preparation, compare Mass. student performance in Math and Science with their peers in nations around the world, and in support of innovative models of public education delivery (charter/pilot schools).
Under the leadership of Chris Zannetos-CEO of Courion, and Al Bunshaft-Managing Director North America of Dassault Systemes, and with support from the Boston Foundation, the Talent Development Team will revise and update the 2007 Education Priorities Plan; analyze education performance and talent development data and identify top policy priorities; identify and draft legislative proposals; and execute a policy strategy in accordance with the selected talent development priorities.