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ERIC Number: ED528169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Separate Paths, Common Goals: Cross-District Collaboration on Mathematics and English Learner Instruction. Special Series on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership
Duffy, Helen; Brown, Jim; Hannan, Stephanie; O'Day, Jennifer
California Collaborative on District Reform
Across the country, resource-strapped school districts are looking for opportunities to work strategically with other districts to increase efficiencies and learn from each other's experiences. The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership, established in 2008, serves as a useful example of such collaboration. The overarching goal of the Partnership is to graduate students prepared for success in higher education or for a career with significant growth potential. With this goal in mind, the third and fourth largest districts in California identified three major areas of focus for their joint endeavors: enhancing mathematics instruction, improving outcomes for English learners (ELs), and developing strong leaders at the school and district levels. In 2011, they added a fourth focus--college and career readiness--to leverage additional strategies underway within each district. In their first two briefs describing the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership, the authors used Etienne Wenger's (1998) communities of practice framework to describe the initial stages of the Partnership and its role in developing district-level leadership. Here, they look more deeply at two specific areas of focus for the Partnership--mathematics and ELs. Both of these areas provide insights for other jurisdictions considering similar cross-system efforts. (Contains 9 exhibits and 13 endnotes.)
California Collaborative on District Reform. Available from: American Institutes for Research. 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-403-5000; Fax: 202-403-5001; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: California Collaborative on District Reform
Identifiers - Location: California