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Public Policy Forum: Michigan’s Partnership Model

February 12, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EST

Due to the unexpected problem with steam delivery to downtown Lansing buildings, this #IPPSRForum has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled.

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) will showcase the first steps under “Michigan’s Partnership Model” to help improve the state’s lowest performing schools.

In March 2017, Michigan began discussions toward developing “partnership” agreements with 10 of the state’s school districts. The goal was to increase achievement levels at the lowest performing schools.

To date, follow-up research has measured notable improvements, but observed that some of the advances may be difficult to maintain over time. IPPSR is sponsor of a Michigan Applied Public Policy Research paper reviewing the program’s first-year progress. The paper can be found here.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Venessa Keesler, Ph.D., deputy superintendent, Division of Educator, Student and School Supports (Michigan Dept. of Education)
  • Bill Pearson, Ed.D., director, partnership districts (Michigan Dept. of Education)
  • Jason Burns, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow, Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC – Michigan State University)
  • Chris Torres, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Educational Administration (MSU College of Education)


Forum registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. The discussion will follow shortly thereafter at 11:45 a.m. and continue through 1:30 p.m. This event is free, open to the public; please note that seating and lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information about the event, visit IPPSR’s website.



Anderson House Office Building
124 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
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