Middle School Matters Institute

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The Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI) is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin. Directed by Christy Murray, MSMI develops and disseminates resources that increase access to research on and proven practical strategies for middle school improvement. The goal of MSMI is to increase the number of students well prepared for high school and postsecondary success. This institute is part of the George W. Bush Institute's Middle School Matters program.

For Schools

For Educators


MSMI works in conjunction with the George W. Bush Institute.

An eight-member advisory board, consisting of a subgroup of researchers and practitioners who contributed to the Middle School Matters Research Platform, supports MSMI.

Institute Fellows, a group of researchers and practitioners who also contributed to the Research Platform, develop resources, instructional materials, and professional development sessions.

MSMI also has established working partnerships with select schools and districts across the nation.


MSMI is possible only because of the generous support from the following:

  • The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Bass Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Brown Foundation, Inc.
  • Esping Family Foundation
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • The Meadows Foundation
  • Sid W. Richardson Foundation