Each year, WEC hosts a series of presentations and conversations for the public on important issues in public education. Fulfilling our mission of community education and capacity building, these briefings bring experts and policy makers to Worcester for in-depth discussion. Our audience for these events is diverse and includes local business and civic leaders, parents, educators, and youth development workers. 

Briefings have included:

  • The Elementary and Secondary Schools Act: Implications for Worcester
  • Public Education’s Scaffolding: The Foundation Budget, The Elementary and Secondary Schools Act
  • The Urgency of Excellence:  The Search for a New Superintendent of Schools in Worcester
  • Innovation Schools:  The Nuts and Bolts
  • The Forest and the Trees:  New Initiatives and Opportunities in the Worcester Public Schools
  • The Campaign for Grade Level Reading
  • Raising a Reader
  • The Worcester Public Schools Budget: Where Does the Money Come From? Where Does the Money Go?
  • Turnaround Schools
  • The Massachusetts Educator Evaluation System
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Massachusetts Education Reform at Seventeen


Partners in this work have included The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, MassINC,
and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

Presenters have included:  Paul Reveille, former secretary of education, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Ralph Smith, managing director for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation;
Robert Antonucci, former president, Fitchburg State University;
Luc Schuster, deputy director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Ben Forman, research director, MassINC;
and Linda Noonan, executive director, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and many others.