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Partnership Model for Improving Michigan Schools

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Michigan’s Partnership agreements between Michigan’s K-12 schools and district offices outline strategies for improving the lowest performing schools. The schools’ progress was recently reviewed after one year of implementation. While researchers and practitioners recorded notable improvements, they also observed these advances as difficult to maintain in the longer term. This forum will define the partnership model, take a close look at the review findings, and examine what is most needed to keep test scores rising, teachers remaining, and communication growing between the schools and district offices.

Panelist Biographical Information

  • Venessa Keesler, PhD, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Educator, Student, and School Supports, Michigan Department of Education
  • Bill Pearson, EdD, Director, Partnership Districts, Michigan Department of Education
  • Jason Burns, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, Michigan State University
  • Chris Torres, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Michigan State University

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IPPSR's Public Policy Forums begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room in downtown Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol. The street address is 124 N. Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan. A light lunch is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge.

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