IPPSR reviews the Michigan's Partnership Model

Wed, April 15, 2020 1:00 PM at via ZOOM

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research will showcase the first steps under a new model to help improve the state’s lowest performing schools in its Wednesday, April 15 Public Policy Forum.

Educators and education researchers will review “Michigan’s Partnership Model” in the Institute’s first-ever Public Policy Forum videoconference presented over Zoom.

“We’re looking forward to a creative way to share information that empowers parents, K-12 pupils, teachers and administrators,” said Matt Grossmann, political scientist and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR).

The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs through 3 p.m. The online Public Policy Forum is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is online at http://bit.ly/IPPSRForum.

Registration will be confirmed in an email message including the online location. Visual access will be through computer and internet connection or via telephone call to an audio-only session. Participants will need Zoom software, available at no cost, installed on their personal computer. The session will be recorded.

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.

“This IPPSR Forum will define the partnership model, take a close look at the review findings, and examine what is most needed to keep test scores rising, teachers remaining, and communication growing between the schools and district offices, said AnnMarie Schneider, who leads IPPSR’s program planning and policy education division and oversees the Public Policy Forums.


 Confirmed panelists include:

  • Venessa Keesler, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent, Division of Educator, Student, and School Supports, Michigan Department of Education
  • Bill Pearson, Ed.D., Director, Partnership Districts, Michigan Department of Education
  • Jason Burns, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, Michigan State University
  • Chris Torres, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Michigan State University


All materials, including presentations and video from previous forums, are available on IPPSR’s website at http://bit.ly/2nImpSR.

IPPSR is a unit within the College of Social Science. Its focus is on public policy education, leadership and survey research.


In addition to the Public Policy Forum series, IPPSR is home of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Office for Survey Research, State of the State Survey, Correlates of State Policy, State Networks, State of the State Podcast, Public Policy Research Fellows, Michigan Policy Insiders Panel and Michigan Policy Wonk Blog.