Choreographing Partnerships within an Organizational Structure of Accountability: Maryland State Department of Education's Shift from Compliance Monitor to Breakthrough Partner

  • Laura Rutter Strickling University of Maryland Baltimore County
Keywords: Higher Education, Community Partnerships, Accountability


Drawing upon data from twenty-five interviews, this paper examines how the Maryland State Department of Education's Cross-functional Team navigates its changing role from compliance monitor to breakthrough partner in terms of discourse, time, and flexibility, as it carries out the work of the Breakthrough Center. It also examines how the role of accountability has shaped the emerging partnership between the cross-functional team and the researchers at CAIRE (Center for Application and Innovation Research in Education).