Special Series on the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership: Separate Paths, Common Goals: Cross-District Collaboration on Mathematics and English Learner Instruction

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December, 2011

As school districts across the country seek opportunities to work strategically with other districts to increase efficiencies and learn from each other's experiences, the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership serves as a useful example of such collaboration. This third in a series of briefs about the Partnership looks more deeply at two specific areas of focus for the Partnership—mathematics and English Learners—demonstrating that different kinds of cross-district learning can occur depending upon the degree to which work is shared across districts. These differences help demonstrate that there is not just one model for this sort of cross-district partnership; instead, different kinds of learning are part of the dynamic and organic nature of this work and help sustain the Partnership over time.