Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems

Benjamin Forman, Julianne Viola, and Caroline Koch

To sustain Massachusetts’s economic growth and ensure all students graduate college and career ready, the state should look to its Gateway Cities, small to midsize urban centers that are home to one quarter of Massachusetts school-age youth, for opportunities to innovate.

This report documents the needs, hopes, and policy recommendations of those cities. Focusing on early education, social and emotional growth, pathways to college and career, and immigrants, leaders offer their vision for a revitalization of education and economic development in their communities and across the state.

The collaboration of the present must, over time, evolve into much larger, community-wide joint ventures that unify whole sectors of the city in a shared, ambitious pursuit of success for all children and families.