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Changing District Culture And Capacity: The Impact Of The Merck Institute For Science Education Partnership, Thomas B. Corcoran, Nancy Lawrence Nov 2003

Changing District Culture And Capacity: The Impact Of The Merck Institute For Science Education Partnership, Thomas B. Corcoran, Nancy Lawrence

CPRE Research Reports

In 1993, Merck & Co., Inc. began an endeavor to make a significant and visible commitment to improving science education by creating the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) and supported the new venture with a 10-year, $20-million financial commitment. From its inception, MISE had two goals: to raise the interest, participation, and performance of public school students in science, and to demonstrate to other businesses that direct, focused involvement would hasten the improvement of science teaching and learning in the public schools. MISE initiated its work by forming partnerships with four public school districts — Linden, Rahway, and Readington Township in New Jersey, and North Penn in Pennsylvania — where Merck has major facilities.

CPRE was contracted by MISE in 1993 to document the implementation of the initiative and assess its impact on districts, schools, classrooms, and students. Throughout the evaluation, CPRE conducted interviews with teachers, instructional leaders, and district personnel; surveyed teachers; developed case studies of schools; and examined student achievement data in order to provide feedback on the progress of the MISE Partnership


Teacher And Coach Implementation Of Writers Workshop In America's Choice Schools, 2001 And 2002, Amy Jane Bach, Jonathan A. Supovitz Nov 2003

Teacher And Coach Implementation Of Writers Workshop In America's Choice Schools, 2001 And 2002, Amy Jane Bach, Jonathan A. Supovitz

CPRE Research Reports

In this report, we follow a line of inquiry that we began in a 2002 Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) report titled Implementation of the America’s Choice Literacy Workshops. Herein, we examine the implementation of the writers workshop component of America’s Choice, which we consider the core instructional reform of the first year of implementation of the America’s Choice comprehensive school reform design. By conducting structured observations in a random sample of elementary and middle school classrooms in America’s Choice schools across the United States, and applying a rubric that assesses the fidelity of ...


Mapping A Course For Improved Student Learning: How Innovative Schools Systematically Use Student Performance Data To Guide Improvement, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Valerie Klein Nov 2003

Mapping A Course For Improved Student Learning: How Innovative Schools Systematically Use Student Performance Data To Guide Improvement, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Valerie Klein

CPRE Research Reports

To be useful to teachers and school leaders, test data must provide more than just a destination. Student performance results must also provide guidance that informs educators that they are moving in the right direction, while providing interactive and recursive feedback for mid-course adjustments. In order for student performance data to be useful to teachers and school leaders, and to make it worthwhile for them to make the extensive efforts necessary to learn to interpret and act upon what they learn, data feedback systems must rely on multiple sources of data collected and analyzed at regular intervals.

This report is ...


The Heart Of The Matter: The Coaching Model In America's Choice Schools, Susan M. Poglinco, Amy J. Bach, Kate Hovde, Sheila Rosenblum, Marisa Saunders, Jonathan A. Supovitz May 2003

The Heart Of The Matter: The Coaching Model In America's Choice Schools, Susan M. Poglinco, Amy J. Bach, Kate Hovde, Sheila Rosenblum, Marisa Saunders, Jonathan A. Supovitz

CPRE Research Reports

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania was contracted by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) in 1998 to conduct the external evaluation of the America’s Choice school design. CPRE designed and conducted a series of targeted studies on the implementation and impacts of the America’s Choice design. This report coincides with the publication of three separate studies by CPRE on the impact of America’s Choice in a number of districts across the country using a variety of quantitative and analytic approaches. Those impact analyses and a stand-alone ...


The Merck Institute For Science Education: A Successful Intermediary For Education Reform, Thomas B. Corcoran Mar 2003

The Merck Institute For Science Education: A Successful Intermediary For Education Reform, Thomas B. Corcoran

CPRE Research Reports

A variety of technical assistance organizations have been created in the last 20 years to help public schools implement reforms to improve their perfor- mance. These organizations vary in size, sponsorship, and focus, but their creation rests on the common premise that the reforms needed in the schools to educate all children to high standards require strong external stimuli and resources and knowledge beyond what are ordinarily available in public school systems (McDonald, McLaughlin, & Corcoran, 2000). Accordingly, these technical assistance organizations forge partnerships with school systems under pressure to improve their performance. Working across the boundaries of the educational system ...


The Relationship Between Teacher Implementation Of America's Choice And Student Learning In Plainfield, New Jersey, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Henry May Jan 2003

The Relationship Between Teacher Implementation Of America's Choice And Student Learning In Plainfield, New Jersey, Jonathan A. Supovitz, Henry May

CPRE Research Reports

Rarely in educational research do we have access to data that allow us to empirically explore the relationships between the practices of individual teachers and the learning of their students. This report is one of those exceptional cases. In this report, we use data from Plainfield, New Jersey in which individual teachers' survey responses about America's Choice were linked to the test gains of the students who were taught by those teachers. By working closely with district administrators, we were able to link individual survey responses to the district's student achievement databases while retaining the confidentiality of both ...


Afterword: Ecology And Ideology In Multilingual Classrooms, Nancy H. Hornberger Jan 2003

Afterword: Ecology And Ideology In Multilingual Classrooms, Nancy H. Hornberger

GSE Publications

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Counsel On Program Elimination, Peter D. Eckel Jan 2003

Counsel On Program Elimination, Peter D. Eckel

GSE Publications

This book has provided case illustrations and discussed the costs and savings of program elimination, the role of leadership, the ability of shared governance to make hard decisions, and the use of criteria. The concluding chapter brings together the findings to provide counsel on program elimination. It presents rationale for why decisions must be defensible; discusses the tradeoffs regarding savings, tenure, and program elimination; and makes suggestions both for campus leaders seeking to eliminate programs and for those seeking to fight off program closures. Additionally, it suggests empirically based modifications to the Association of American University Professors (AAUP) policies concerning ...