Merck Institute for Science Education Approach Partnerships

In order to achieve its goal of providing effective science instruction for every student, the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) has forged powerful partnerships with educators, academic institutions, organizations and policy makers.  At local, state and national levels, these partnerships are focused on improving student participation and performance in science.

At the core of MISE's work is the Partnership for Systemic Change (the Partnership), a collaboration among MISE and seven school districts: Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Newark, Rahway and Readington Township in New Jersey and North Penn in Pennsylvania. The Partnership supports each district in creating its own professional community, building capacity to support the continuous improvement of teaching and aligning its policies and resources with a shared vision of good practice.

[Elizabeth, New Jersey]

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Number of students: 21,743 District schools: 3 Pre-K Centers, 25 Elementary-Middle Schools, 6 High Schools In partnership with MISE: since 2003 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 100% Student-teacher ratio: 11:1 Student demographics: 9% White, 23% Black, 66% Hispanic, 2% Asian, Less than 1% Other, including two or more races; 85% Eligible for free or reduced lunch; 13% Limited English proficient [–]

[Hillside, New Jersey]

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Number of students: 3,126 District schools: 1 Pre-K Grade, 2 Center, 4 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, 1 High School In partnership with MISE: since 2003 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 100% Student-teacher ratio: 13:1 Student demographics: 10% White, 67% Black, 21% Hispanic, 2% Asian, Less than 1% Other, including two or more races; 82% Eligible for free or reduced lunch;8% Limited English proficient [–]

[Linden, New Jersey]

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Number of students: 6,076 District schools: 6 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools, a High School In partnership with MISE: since 1993 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 100% Student-teacher ratio: 13:1 Student demographics: 27% White, 36% Black, 66% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Other, including two or more races; 49% Eligible for free or reduced lunch; 5% Limited English proficient [–]

[Newark, New Jersey]

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Number of students: 39,440 District schools: 19 Elementary Schools, 33 Elementary-Middle Schools, 5 Middle-High Schools, 12 High Schools, 4 Ungraded Schools In partnership with MISE: since 2010 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 100% Student-teacher ratio: 14:1 Student demographics: 7% White, 56% Black, 36% Hispanic, 1% Asian, Less than 1% Other, including two or more races; 82% Eligible for free or reduced lunch;8% Limited English proficient [–]

[Rahway, New Jersey]

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Number of students: 3,828 District schools: 4 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, 1 High School In partnership with MISE: since 1993 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 100% Student-teacher ratio: 13:1 Student demographics: 21% White, 43% Black, 41% Hispanic, 23% Asian, 1% Other, including two or more races; 53% Eligible for free or reduced lunch; 5% Limited English proficient [–]

[Readington Township, New Jersey]

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Number of students: 2,065 District schools: 2 K-3 Schools, 1 Elementary School, 1 Middle School In partnership with MISE: since 1993 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 100% Student-teacher ratio: 15:1 Student demographics: 91% White, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 0% Other, including two or more races; 3% Eligible for free or reduced lunch; 0% Limited English proficient
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[North Penn, Pennsylvania]

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Number of students: 12,726 District schools: 13 Elementary Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 1 High School In partnership with MISE: since 1993 Teachers in the district who are "highly qualified": 97% Student-teacher ratio: 15:1 Student demographics: 71% White, 8% Black, 3% Hispanic, 18% Asian, Less than 1% Other, including two or more races; 11% Eligible for free or reduced lunch; 5% Limited English proficient [–]