About efficacy

Smart is not something you just are; smart is something you can get!

About us

The Efficacy Institute, Inc. is a national, not-for-profit agency of education reform. We are committed to developing all children to high standards.
The central objectives of our work are: to build belief that virtually all children can "get smart," and to build the capacity of adults to help them do so.
We provide tools and services that committed adults can use now to accelerate academic achievement and character development. We work with a range of partners, dedicated to the development of children, to demonstrate the truth of one of our core principles


Our vision

A nation dedicated to producing successive generations of citizens prepared to constructively participate in the society of their time

Our mission

We work to release the inherent intellectual capacity of all children, and to affirm their right to learn.

We commit ourselves to break the cycle of underdevelopment that afflicts far too many children, especially children of color and the economically disadvantaged. We will eradicate the myth that they are incapable of learning at high levels by demonstrating the truth of their capacities to rapidly build knowledge and skills.

We appeal to the most positive and powerful human instinct: Develop the children. We, all adults, are responsible for managing their development, and we can learn how to do it.

Our ultimate objective is freedom. Developed people are free to find meaning, to build quality lives and to leave a legacy of wisdom and humanity.

Where we’ve worked

States Where We have Worked

Efficacy Principle

Development means getting better, stronger, and smarter at anything you choose to do

Meet our Staff

Dr. Jeff Howard

Founder & President

Dr. Jeff Howard, trained social psychologist...

Dr. Jeff Howard, trained social psychologist, has developed a comprehensive set of field-tested training programs, consulting services and materials for adults and youth. He is also the founder of J. Howard and Associates, a corporate training and consulting firm that is part of the Novations Group, Inc. Dr. Howard holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

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Sandy Gilmore

Vice President of Operations

Sanford "Sandy" Gilmore joined the staff of the...

Sanford "Sandy" Gilmore joined the staff of the Efficacy Institute as one of its first full-time trainers in 1990, and has consulted with educators and community leaders to implement Efficacy across the country. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston with a B.A. in Psychology and Human Services, Sandy formerly worked in the field of clinical psychology and social work. He has additionally designed and directed programs in human development for the non-profit community agency, Freedom House, Inc. in Boston.

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Barbara M. Logan

Trainer & Consultant

Barbara M. Logan served as the Vice President...

Barbara M. Logan served as the Vice President of the Efficacy Institute. After ten years of service in roles such as Director of School Services and Training and Lead Trainer, Ms. Logan has assumed a broader leadership role within the organization. Her dedication to public education began more than 17 years ago in Milwaukee Public Schools where she served children in elementary and K-8 schools in a myriad of roles, including administrator, classroom teacher, technology teacher and implementer of school programs. Her capacity is bolstered by her undergraduate degree in Education and Psychology, Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction, graduate coursework in Administrative Leadership and Counseling, and her PhD candidacy (expected in 2014).

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Linda Bacon

Finance Manager

Linda Bacon has been a staff member of...

Linda Bacon has been a staff member of the Efficacy Institute for over 20 years. Her primary role is to oversee the finances of the organization where she manages all the operations accounting and finance functions. In addition to her roles in finance, she is also responsible for meeting the human resource needs and activities of the organization through employee benefit administration. Linda holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Suffolk University with a concentration in Accounting.

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Vivian Teyssedou

Client Services Manager

Vivian Teyssedou joined the Efficacy...

Vivian Teyssedou joined the Efficacy Institute in 1998 and was Executive Assistant to the President for 12 years. In her current position as Client Services Manager, she is the initial contact with clients, and consults with them to determine the appropriate services for their needs. Vivian also manages trainer deployment, program scheduling and logistics.

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Nancy Guzman

Trainer & Consultant

With over thirty-five years experience...

With over thirty-five years experience, Nancy Guzman is recognized nationally as a leader in school turnaround. She successfully led school improvement efforts in three low-performing Title 1 schools that were recognized at the state and national levels as models for true school transformation. Nancy’s success with school turnaround was featured on the Today Show and NBC Nightly News, and U.S Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan, visited her school to discuss strategies for school improvement. She has presented at numerous national conferences including Yale University Education Symposium, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and National Title 1 Conference.

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Dr. Sara Olivia Garcia

Trainer & Consultant

Dr. Sara Olivia Garcia is an independent...

Dr. Sara Olivia Garcia is an independent education consultant with over forty years of experience in the field of education. In addition to serving as an Efficacy trainer, Sara has helped to form grass roots organizations, served on school committees, studied literacy in Cuba, consulted parents of children with autism, and developed programs for Latino migrant workers in Brewster, New York. She holds an M.Ed. from the School of Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding University.

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Board Chair

Jeff Howard, Ph.D.

Founder, The Efficacy Institute, Inc.
Waltham, MA

Lead Director & Board Treasurer

Wendell Knox

President & CEO, Abt Associates, Retired
Cambridge, MA

Board Members

Monica Cost

President, Evidently Assured
Boston, MA

Michele Courton Brown

Chief Operating Officer, The Efficacy Institute
Waltham, MA

Terry Finn, Esq.

Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Retired
Boston, MA

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond M.D., M.A.

Pastor, Bethel AME Church
Boston, MA

Cheryl Howard, D.B.A.

Vice President of Marketing, Simmons College
Boston, MA

Burnett Kelly

Vice President, Global Human Resources, Dow Corning Corp., Retired
Sunset, SC

Michael Kim Marshall

Consultant, New Leaders for New Schools
Boston, MA

Charles Ogletree

Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA

Doug Reeves, Ph.D.

President, Center for Performance Assessment
Swampscott, MA

Greg A. Shell

Research Analyst, GMO
Boston, MA

Benaree Wiley

Principal, TWG Partners
Boston, MA

Faye Wilson

Executive Vice President, Bank of America, Retired
San Diego, CA

Contact us

67 S. Bedford St. Ste. 400 West Burlington, MA 01803