New England Secondary School Consortium

Membership Overview

The decision to become a member of the League of Innovative Schools is made by the participating schools—membership is entirely voluntary.

Before joining, interested schools will be asked to carefully review the vision, mission, and goals of the New England Secondary School Consortium and to make a commitment to completing a Global Best Practices self-assessment process. Once a school becomes a member, the Consortium will ask for a formal letter of commitment signed by the district superintendent, principal, leadership team, and school board chair. When the letter is received, full member status is granted whether the school has been engaged in an improvement program for years or is just beginning the process.


The League of Innovative Schools believes in educator-driven improvement, research-based best practices, and professional self-accountability that is ground in shared commitment and ongoing collaboration.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Collective knowledge and experience of nearly 120 innovative secondary schools (gr 6-12)  across New England
  • Regional conferences and state-level meetings devoted to learning with and from one another
  • Access to NESSC resources and tools designed to support the implementation of personalized learning
  • Dedicated members-only website and online collaboration space
  • Coordinated site visits to learn from communities about implementation of best practices
  • Support in conducting a self-assessment with faculty using Global Best Practices
  • Regularly scheduled professional dialogue and support sessions with colleagues in other member schools using Professional Learning Group practices
  • Virtual book study with experienced facilitation
  • Webinars that highlight elements of Global Best Practices and spotlight school-level implementation.


After joining the League, participating principals and leadership teams will coordinate the membership activities described below:

  1. Conduct a self-assessment using Global Best Practices: Click HERE to download the tool, a summary of background research, and a facilitator’s guide. 
  2. Participate in League opportunities and professional development: Member schools will send a team of teachers and leaders to state-level and regional LIS meetings. Efforts will be made to design these meetings and conferences in response to the specific needs of member schools.

  3. Host and participate in school visits: Member schools will participate in school visits to further their own learning and support the work of other League members. We encourage teams to participate in at least one site visit annually. The Consortium will help identify suitable sites and provide sample agendas, norms, and facilitation protocols for use in planning and structuring the site visits.
  4. Contribute to action research: The League promotes evidence-based school improvement. The Consortium will provide resources to facilitate the collection and analysis of data, and may ask schools to share information and insights about their work. Participating schools may also be asked to participate in annual surveys, interviews, or case-study research focused on capturing innovative practices.


Click HERE to learn how to become a member or contact your state liaison

Arielle Sprotzer, Senior Associate
Great Schools Partnership


Reed Dyer, Senior Associate
Great Schools Partnership


Reed Dyer, Senior Associate
Great Schools Partnership


Ted Hall, Senior Associate
Great Schools Partnership


Courtney Jacobs, Senior Associate
Great Schools Partnership


Don Weafer, Senior Associate
Great Schools Partnership