Australian Educator Recognizes an STW School in Report

David Payton wants to share a new report with you.  Margaret Mulcahy, an Australian educator who studied middle grades education worldwide, has just released her report:  Engagement in the Middle Years: A Path for Successful Lifetime Learning. Hugo Newman College Preparatory School is one of New York’s EE STW Schools, and David helped Margaret with the school selections in New York.

Early Warning Indicator Systems:
A Tool for High-Performing Middle Grades Schools

2012 Breakthrough Schools Named

Two of the five middle schools named as 2012 Breakthrough Schools are also STW – Woodbridge Midle School, VA and West Carter Middle School, KY.

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Middle Grades Blog

Geneviève and Kareen 2011-2012 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow have written a blog based on roundtables they have conducted with middle level educators over the last few months. They are trying to increase the presence and awareness of middle grades so the more hits and comments it gets the better. Read the Blog.

INCREASING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES:

Federal, State and District Actions for Middle-Grades Success

The Forum held a convening on October 17, 2011 at the Capitol Visitors Center which addressed what federal, state and local policies can do to make high performing middle grades schools academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable examples of schools where each student is prepared to succeed in high school and beyond.

Presenters Included: (Click on Presenter Name to view their PowerPoint)

Robert Balfanz, Co-Director Everyone Graduates Center and Researh Scientist, Center for Social Organization of Schools, John Hopkins University.
Frank Stetson, Chief School Performance Officer, Montgomery County Public Schools-MD
Donald Evans, Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Compton Unfied School District-CA
Brenda Welburn, Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Ryan Reyna, Program Director of the Education Division, National Govenor’s Association (NGA)
Linda Pittenger, Network Director of Next Generation Learners, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Round Table Discussions were held with some of our school attendees after the convening by the US Dept of Education. Read Summary

This American Life

This American Life takes a look at MIDDLE SCHOOL. Listen here

Spotlight Webcast: New Report on 8th-Grade Achievement

Contrary to the perception that 8th-grade achievement is stagnating, a new analysis by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) finds upward trends in reading and math test scores in most states.

Jack Jennings, President and CEO for the Center on Education Policy and Deborah Kasak, executive director, The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform join Spotlight’s Jodie Levin-Epstein in discussing the report’s findings and the impact on low-income students and children of color.

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