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.
Congratulations to Emmelien Merchie, who successfully defended her dissertation at Ghent University in Belgium.
"I realized again how important the work was to me and I really had an opinion about it and could defend it as an educational researcher," Merchie wrote in a recent e-mail about her defense. "I hope I can continue working in this research area."
Merchie had traveled to Austin for a 5-week visit this summer at the invitation of MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn, who served as an international member of Merchie's dissertation committee. During her visit, Merchie presented findings from a 4-year intervention study on using mind maps to foster graphical summarization and text-learning strategies for middle grade students. For more information on her visit, read the MCPER news feature.