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News from October 2016

Making Middle School Matter Workshop set for January in Austin
October 26, 2016

The Middle School Matters Institute has partnered with the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals to host a conference on January 26 to 28 in Austin for middle grade administrators and educators.

Much like past Middle School Matters Institute conferences, the Making Middle School Matter Workshop will focus on research-based practices and strategies to implement in the classroom.

Attendees should expect a series of keynotes, breakout sessions, speed learning sessions, and time set aside for networking and planning.

Topics will include using early-warning indicator data to identify students at risk of dropping out; teaching students strategies to monitor their reading comprehension; enhancing learning through writing strategies; and measuring, monitoring, and managing important data.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Middle School Matters Institute website.

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News from August 2016

Middle School Matters Institute unveils new website
August 1, 2016

MCPER’s Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI) has launched a new website designed specifically for educators: https://greatmiddleschools.org.

The new site has a user-friendly interface for anyone looking to improve middle grades education, especially the following:

  • District and school leaders
  • Curriculum facilitators
  • Instructional coaches
  • Department chairs
  • Classroom teachers

Educators and researchers can access the Middle School Matters Field Guide and the accompanying resources that translate research into action in the following areas:

  • Research-based instruction
  • Student supports that enhance learning
  • Informed decision-making

Additionally, the website features ready-to-use instructional toolkits and implementation tools.

For more information, view a brief introductory video or contact MSMI.

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News from June 2016

Middle School Matters Institute to provide summer professional development in San Angelo
June 22, 2016

MCPER’s Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI) is collaborating with San Angelo Independent School District in San Angelo, Texas, to provide professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, instructional coaches, counselors, and administrators who serve students in fourth to ninth grades.

The “Summer Learning-palooza” will be a conference-style event with sessions featuring San Angelo’s lead educators and MSMI’s national experts in reading (Deborah Reed, University of Iowa), writing (Tanya Santangelo, Arcadia University), and mathematics (Sarah Powell, The University of Texas at Austin). Sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon on June 29 and August 4 and will provide participants with hands-on, practical, research-based strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

Registration is free and open to all school districts in Texas. For more information, contact Matt Kimball at Matthew.Kimball@saisd.org or 325–947–3838 (extension 718).

As an extension of the “Learning-palooza,” MSMI’s David Barrett will work with leadership teams from San Angelo’s three middle schools—Lee, Glenn, and Lincoln—to develop implementation goals and plans that will facilitate translating the research presented into practice. This work will build upon San Angelo’s implementation of Middle School Matters principles and practices from the past 2 years. Since 2014, San Angelo has been selected twice to participate in the Middle School Matters program (funded by the George W. Bush Institute) and receive intensive professional development and support to build its capacity in reading, writing, and mathematics instruction and intervention.

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News from March 2016

Second edition of the Middle School Matters Field Guide is now available
March 29, 2016

A completely revamped second edition of the Middle School Matters Field Guide, the only such compilation of research focused on the middle grades, has been published and is now available online.

The field guide is a collection of research-based principles, practices, and strategies deemed essential for middle school success. Experts from across the country contributed to the field guide, which contains examples and illustrations for each recommended practice to help educators understand and then implement these practices in their classrooms and schools.

The Middle School Matters Institute, in partnership with the George W. Bush Institute, led the development of the second edition. 

To download the entire field guide or individual sections, visit the MCPER Library. For more information, read the Bush Institute press release.

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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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News from May 2015

Three school districts selected to receive expert assistance from Middle School Matters Institute
May 28, 2015

Three school districts in two states have been selected as the third cohort of sites to receive guidance from nationally recognized experts in research-based instructional strategies through the Middle School Matters Institute.

Etiwanda School District in Southern California and Pharr–San Juan–Alamo and San Angelo independent school districts in Texas were selected after a rigorous review process. District leadership teams and leaders from two schools in each district will attend the third annual Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference in June in Austin, Texas. In the 2015–2016 school year, the districts will implement what they learned at the conference with support from a team of experts.

The Middle School Matters program is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. For more information, read the press release from the George W. Bush Institute.

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News from October 2014

Former first lady Laura Bush visits Wilkinson, a Middle School Matters Tier III school
October 28, 2014

Former first lady Laura Bush recently visited Walter L. Wilkinson Middle School, sitting in and leading a class discussion at the Mesquite, Texas, school.

Wilkinson is one of three "Tier III" schools that receive on-site support from the Middle School Matters Institute. The Middle School Matters program is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. Also, Wilkinson recently received a $7,000 library grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries, which awards grants to school libraries nationwide.

For a full story on Bush's visit to Wilkinson, visit the Dallas Morning News website.

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News from September 2014

Second cohort of schools selected to receive on-site support from Middle School Matters Institute
September 5, 2014

Three schools have been selected as the second cohort of Tier III sites to receive expert support from the Middle School Matters Institute. Advanced Studies Magnet–Haut Gap Middle School in Johns Island, South Carolina; Robert E. Lee Middle School in San Angelo, Texas; and Walter L. Wilkinson Middle School in Mesquite, Texas, will receive in-person, intensive support during the 2014–2015 school year from some of the nation's leading researchers in implementing research-based strategies for school improvement. The schools were selected from the eight schools invited to attend the 2014 Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference, which in turn were selected from a large nationwide pool of applicants.

The Middle School Matters program is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. For more information, read the press release from the George W. Bush Institute.

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News from August 2014

Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference highlighted in College of Education news feature
August 25, 2014

A recent UT College of Education news feature detailed the 2014 Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference, held from June 17 to 19 in Austin. Leadership teams from each of the eight Middle School Matters Institute Tier II schools joined national researchers, staff members from the George W. Bush Institute and The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, and other special guests at the second annual conference. 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 school teams to develop implementation plans specific to their needs. To read the full story, visit the College of Education website

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News from May 2014

Eight schools selected to receive targeted support in second cohort of Middle School Matters program
May 30, 2014

The Middle School Matters Institute, an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, is pleased to announce that eight schools have been selected to participate in the second year of the Middle School Matters program. Of a large nationwide pool, the following were selected: 

  • Advanced Studies Magnet–Haut Gap Middle School of Johns Island, South Carolina
  • Baytown Junior School of Baytown, Texas
  • Grant Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Lee Middle School of San Angelo, Texas 
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School of Pharr, Texas
  • Trinity Middle School of Trinity, Texas
  • Wilkinson Middle School of Mesquite, Texas
  • Woodward Elementary School of Manteca, California

National experts will provide the selected schools with ongoing training and support in research-based school improvement strategies. The schools also will attend the second annual Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference from June 17 to 19 in Austin, Texas. At the conference, school leadership teams will attend sessions with top researchers and practitioners in the field of middle grades improvement. This guidance will help each school develop a Middle School Matters Implementation Plan tailored to its strengths and needs. Three of the eight schools will be selected to receive further, more intensive support for their Implementation Plan.

For more information, see the Bush Institute press release.

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