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Description

From June 15 to 17, 2015, district leadership teams and leaders from two schools in each district attended the third annual Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference in Austin, Texas. Participants joined national researchers, staff members from the George W. Bush Institute and The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, and other special guests. Participants heard informative keynote addresses, engaged in interactive breakout sessions that focused on the research-based practices described in the Middle School Matters Research Platform and Field Guide, and worked collaboratively with their district and school teams to develop implementation plans specific to their needs. Presentations and handouts are available below for each keynote and breakout session. 

Conference Materials

Keynote Addresses

Why Research-Based Practices Matter

Dr. Mark Dynarski, Pemberton Research
 Presentation

Why the Middle Grades Matter in Helping All Students to Graduate from High School Prepared for College and Careers

Dr. Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University
 Presentation

Being the Best: What You Can Do Now to Ensure Future Student Success

Dr. Sharon Vaugh, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
 Presentation

Breakout Sessions

Reading and Reading Interventions

Dr. Deborah Reed, Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University; Jennifer Feck, San Angelo Independent School District

Session 1: Vocabulary and Comprehension Strategies to Support Content Area Learning
 Presentation
 Handout 1
 Handout 2
 Handout 3

Session 2: Fostering Text-Dependent Comprehension
 Presentation

Writing and Writing Interventions

Dr. Tanya Santangelo, Arcadia University; Amanda Rhoads, Mesquite Independent School District

Session 1: Developing Middle Grade Writers, Part I: An Introduction
 Presentation

Session 2: Developing Middle Grade Writers, Part II: Digging Deeper Into Instruction and Assessment
 Presentation

Mathematics and Mathematics Interventions

Dr. Sarah Powell, The University of Texas at Austin; Anson Jackson, Uplift Education

Session 1: Teaching Mathematics Effectively
 Presentation

Session 2: Expanding Knowledge About Teaching Mathematics
 Presentation
 Handout 1

Learning and Cognitive Science

Dr. Lindsey Richland, University of Chicago
 Presentation

Performance Management

Dr. Sarah Brasiel, Utah State University; Farrah Gomez, San Angelo Independent School District

Session 1: Getting Started with Data Teams
 Presentation
 Handout 1

Session 2: Gathering, Organizing, and Using Data
 Presentation
 Handout 1

Dropout Prevention

Johann Liljengren, Talent Development Secondary, Johns Hopkins University; Travis Benintendo and Erin Freeland, Charleston County School District

Session 1: Dropout Prevention 101: Preventing Dropouts and Preparing for College
 Presentation
 Handout 1
 Handout 2
 Handout 3

Session 2: Dropout Prevention 201: Preventing Dropouts and Preparing for College
 Presentation
 Handout 1
 Handout 2
 Handout 3


Related Institute

Published Date

2015

Audience

General Education Classroom Teacher
Researcher
School Administrator

Grade Level

Middle School