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News from September 2015

Two schools selected for extended support through Middle School Matters Institute
September 28, 2015

Two schools have been selected to receive an additional year of support through the Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI), including on-site professional development and ongoing coaching from national education experts and the necessary resources to implement proven strategies in mathematics.

Advanced Studies Magnet–Haut Gap Middle School in Johns Island, South Carolina, and Uplift Mighty Preparatory in Fort Worth, Texas, were selected after submitting detailed proposals that outlined goals for the 2015–2016 school year and described the benefits of continued support. Haut Gap originally was selected to receive support through MSMI in the 2014–2015 school year; Uplift Mighty was selected in the 2013–2014 school year.

MSMI is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. 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. MSMI is part of the Bush Institute's Middle School Matters program.

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Visiting scholar to explore ‘Myths and Misunderstandings in Deaf Education’
September 2, 2015

Marc Marschark, director of the Center for Education Research Partnerships in New York, will present "Myths and Misunderstandings in Deaf Education (and Why You Should Care)" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on September 23 in the Dean's Conference Room (Room 238) of the Sanchez Building at UT Austin. No RSVP is needed to attend.

"Recent research indicating that deaf children learn differently [from] their hearing peers in several domains and are more diverse in their knowledge and learning strategies should allow us to build on their strengths and accommodate their needs (if anyone were willing to accept the evidence)," Marschark writes, noting the performance gap between deaf learners and their hearing peers that persists despite progress in deaf education.

The Center for Education Research Partnerships is within the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. For more information on the presenter, visit Marschark's profile page.

Tags: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute