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What Districts Can Do To Support High Quality Education


by Michael Grady — May 07, 2007

Several large urban school districts have recently announced plans to convert some of their existing middle schools to K-8 designs. This has stimulated discussion about the relative effectiveness of one middle grade configuration over another. In this Commentary piece we argue that it's not so much about the number of grade levels a school serves but rather the capacity of the district to create conditions for excellent teaching and learning at scale. In turn we describe specific measures a district can take to create those conditions.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 07, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14474, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 1:41:49 PM

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  • Michael Grady
    Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
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    MICHAEL GRADY is the Deputy Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He is also an assistant clinical professor in Brown's Urban Education Policy Program where he teaches a course in research methods and design. Among his current research and policy interests is the role of mayors and municipal leaders in school reform.
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