The Education Cooperative (TEC) is a Massachusetts educational collaborative and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops and coordinates educational and organizational programs to meet the needs of our member communities and their students in a way that complements and strengthens their school programs and expands opportunities for their students, educators and communities in the most cost effective manner. TEC is the oldest collaborative in Massachusetts. It was established in 1968 by a group of visionary educational leaders and school committee members and became a Educational Collaborative in 1980 under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 40, § 4E and is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
TEC provides a range of programs and services for our districts including:
- Educational programs and services for students ages 3-22 years of age with moderate to severe special needs;
- TEC High School and TEC Phoenix Academy, alternative high school programs offering academic, vocational and social skills programs supporting students with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, and school avoidance;
- Transition Programs supporting students who are transitioning from high school settings to community-based adult living experiences;
- Educator professional development, job-alike networking groups and licensure programs;
- Sponsoring organization of TECCA , the Commonwealth Virtual School;
- TEC Online Academy - supplemental online courses for high school students;
- Student school-to-career internship opportunities and college fairs;
- Statewide cooperative purchasing program supporting over 125 school districts.
TEC does not discriminate on the basis of color, disability, gender, national origin, ancestry, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, military service, genetic information or any other legally protected classification.