Document Number: 2631Michiganís Middle Start Partnership - This partnership began in 1994 as a comprehensive effort to improve the middle grades in Michigan. The project has expanded to the mid-south states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Michigan Middle Start Partnership involves university teacher-preparation programs, professional-development centers, education organizations such as the state affiliate of the Coalition of Essential Schools and other groups that provide coaching, technical assistance, professional development, and help in engaging the public in thinking about better middle schools. The initiative focuses on schools, as well as on building the district-level leadership and regional partnerships to sustain the effort. (Academy for Educational Development)...
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