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In the late fall of 2009, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) opened six regionally based District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs) to help identified districts and their schools strategically access and use professional development and targeted assistance to improve instruction and raise achievement for all students.  The DSACs fulfill the Department's responsibilities outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Framework for Accountability and Assistance by giving first priority for assistance to districts in Corrective Action or districts with schools in Corrective Action or Restructuring. 

The Berkshire County DSAC was launched on November 9, 2009. Donna Harlan, a former school superintendent, is the Director of the Berkshire County DSAC.