Bush Institute Selects Eight Schools for Middle School Matters Program May 13, 2013

Laura Bush with Student in classroomThe George W. Bush Institute has announced the eight middle schools that will be participating in the Middle School Matters Institute.

The Middle School Matters Institute in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk aims to translate proven research into practical applications, with a tiered method of supporting charter schools, districts, and non-profit organizations. It was designed to improve school outcomes in the middle grades (grades 6-8) and leverage the best available research and practices to support student improvement.

The schools that were selected are:

  • Alpine Middle School of Alpine, Texas;
  • Lindale Junior High School of Lindale, Texas;
  • Agnew Middle School of Mesquite, Texas;
  • Martin Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas;
  • Revere Middle School of Houston, Texas;
  • Ann Richards Middle School of Dallas, Texas;
  • Uplift Mighty Preparatory of Fort Worth, Texas; and
  • Roosevelt Middle School of Erie, Pennsylvania.

“Our goal is to deliver the knowledge and support these schools need to ensure their students have the academic foundation to stay in school, improve their academic performance and put themselves on paths to success,” said Kerri Briggs, Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute.

The schools will receive targeted support by participating in the first annual Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference June 9-12, 2013, in Austin, Texas, where school leadership teams will have the opportunity to attend development sessions with researchers and practitioners. This guidance will help each school develop a Middle School Matters Implementation Plan tailored to its strengths and areas of growth. The schools will also participate in continued support efforts with researchers throughout the year.

The eight schools were chosen from 44 applicant schools of varying sizes from across the country. Eight schools will be chosen annually to participate in the Middle School Matters Institute.

Three of the eight schools will be selected at the summer conference to receive additional intensive support and targeted assistance with their Implementation Plan.

The Middle School Matters Institute is a key component of the Bush Institute’s Education Reform Initiative.

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk is a formal research unit within The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education. It includes the nationally acclaimed Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts and was designed to generate and disseminate empirically validated practices and information to a wide of array of stakeholders who can use those resources to improve academic, behavioral and social outcomes for all learners.


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Last updated on May 13, 2013