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Document Number: 4953

Changing District Culture and Capacity: The Impact of the Merck Institute for Science - In studying the collaboration between the Merck Institute for Science Education and four districts, the authors conclude that it is possible to intervene in typical school districts and enhance their capacity to improve teaching. Some lessons learned about school districts in this study are (1) districts can intentionally change classroom practices at scale, (2) research has identified the essential attributes of district capacity and (3) it is advantageous to have prestigious external partners. (Tom Corcoran and Nancy Lawrence, Consortium for Policy Research in Education, November 2003)...

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