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The Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) and additional Core Partners including the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Kean University and four urban school districts in New Jersey (Elizabeth Board of Education, Hillside Public Schools, Linden Public Schools and Rahway Public Schools) provide intensive, sustainable, systemic reform with the vision that all middle school students understand and are able to apply key concepts in mathematics and science. Goals for the project are:
  1. Implementing challenging instructional programs
  2. Building professional capacity in schools, the University, ETS, and MISE
  3. Developing leadership among teachers, administrators, and University faculty
  4. Developing a student-centered learning climate in every classroom, and
  5. Building parent and community support.

The project is focusing on the urgent need for well-prepared and supported middle school mathematics and science teachers via an array of coordinated efforts that address candidate recruitment, teacher preparation, and support of teachers in schools.

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