New England Secondary Schools Consortium 

THE NEW ENGLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL CONSORTIUM (NESSC) is a regional partnership that promotes forward-thinking innovations in the design and delivery of secondary education across New England. All six New England states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—work together to close persistent achievement gaps and promote greater educational equity and opportunity for all students.

Secondary school participate in the NESSC via the NESSC League of Innovative Schools, a regional professional learning community. MAPLE will collaborate with NESSC and DESE to host NESSC League of Innovative Schools convenings in the Commonwealth, to make NESSC resources and expertise available to MAPLE districts, and to support cross-district collaboration in the name of improving publicschool innovation in Massachusetts.

 Learn more about joining the NESSC League of Innovative Schools

NESSC League of Innovative Schools

Membership in the League is open to any Massachusetts middle or high school, grades 6-12 – including charter schools, private schools, and career-and-technical institutions – committed to educational equity, student-centered learning, and ongoing improvement.  An overview is here.

While there is no cost to join the League of Innovative Schools and benefit from the learning community, state-level meetings, and virtual supports, there are moderate fees for certain regional events and services. Please review our LIS Benefits and Structures for further details.

The first step in becoming a member is download and complete the League of Innovative Schools Partnership Agreement. The agreement should be returned to: Gwen Merrick via email or fax: 1 (877) 849-7052.

For additional information on the League of Innovative Schools, please contact the Massachusetts State Liaison:  Christina Horner,,  207-210-0728