The Worcester Education Collaborative
is an independent organization working to ensure that students in the Worcester Public Schools are given the opportunity to succeed at the highest possible level and to acquire the skills and knowledge to master the challenges
of the 21st century.
WEC is committed to supporting, facilitating, and developing a wide variety of partnerships among families, schools, organizations, and businesses that will both enhance the quality of public education in Worcester and the quality of our common life. As a non-profit education fund, WEC's independent voice speaks for the children and for the community to create a system of effective schools in which every child is prepared for success in college, career, and life.
As an independent advocacy and action organization founded in 2010, The Worcester Education Collaborative (WEC) works to ensure that students in the Worcester’s public schools are given the opportunity to succeed at the highest possible level and to acquire the skills and knowledge to master the challenges of the 21st century.
We are committed to developing and supporting a wide variety of partnerships among families, schools, organizations, and businesses that will both enhance the quality of public education in Worcester and the quality of our common life.
WEC is the brain child of John Bassett, then-president of Clark University. President Basset believed that in order to effect meaningful and sustained improvement in the Worcester public schools, the city required an organization to focus exclusively on the needs of our students and our schools.
WEC is a small, but nimble organization supported by a variety of partners in business and non-profit sectors. We all are committed to a strong public education system. WEC is funded fully by private contributions from foundations, corporations, colleges and universities, and individuals.
We are guided by the mission to engage our community in fulfilling its responsibility to ensure that excellence in education is available to all public school students and that they are prepared for success in college, career, and life.
Our tag line succinctly summarizes our work: we demand excellence in education for our children. Our portfolio includes three broad areas:
- Educational achievement and attainment
- Community education, awareness, and capacity building
- Advocacy for and work toward education improvement in the Worcester public schools
In addition, a significant part of WEC’s portfolio focuses on catalyzing collective impact in support of the Worcester Public Schools and the district’s students. We firmly believe that, as noted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011, “Large scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination…Collective impact initiatives are long term commitments by a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving specific social problems.”
WEC serves as both a backbone and a catalyst—we work to align and connect organizations in service of a common goal through the development of a shared agenda, common measurements, reinforcing activities, and sound communication.
We advance our mission as:
- A partner to the public schools
- An advocate for and champion of schools, teachers, and students
- A disseminator of critical information about our schools and of best and promising practices in education for all children
- A critical friend of our schools and our community in the work to educate children
- A cultivator of grassroots (parents and others) leaders to support education
WEC serves as a catalyst by bringing people, organizations, and resources together in new ways to better educate our children. WEC serves as a united friend to both the district and the community with respect to the work of teaching and learning.
Who We Are
Jennifer Davis Carey
Jennifer is the founding- Executive Director of the Worcester Education Collaborative. Jennifer received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. In 1998 she served as Special Assistant to Governor Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts, and a year later she became Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations under Governor Jane Swift. Dr. Carey served in Governor Mitt Romney’s and briefly in Governor Deval Patrick’s administrations as Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
From 2007 until 2009, she oversaw the development of education and training solutions at Commonwealth Medicine, a division of University of Massachusetts Medical School. Before joining Massachusetts state government, Dr. Carey worked at Ohio University, Harvard University and at Bancroft School, a independent K-12 school in Worcester. Dr. Carey is also the founding director of the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides educational workshops about effective, meaningful participation in the public policy processes of the local, state and federal governments.
Margaret serves as WEC’s Assistant Director. She heads WEC’s Reading Together targeted literacy project that gives high quality books to students in kindergarten through third grade along with tools for their parents and caregivers to encourage and support reading. Margaret also coordinates Principal for a Day, matching community leaders with Worcester public school principals to raise civic leaders’ awareness of educational issues and challenges, and WEC’appella, our signature acappella competition for high school and college singers.
Margaret is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has extensive experience in writing, editing and public relations. In addition to her work with WEC, Margaret is a contributing writer for Worcester Living and Edible Boston magazines.