Bush Institute Selects Three Schools for Middle School Program
The George W. Bush Institute today announced the selection of three middle schools to receive on-site support throughout the year from some of the Nation’s leading experts in reading, math and writing instruction and intervention, dropout prevention, data management and advanced reasoning. The selected schools are: Lindale Junior High School of Lindale, Texas; Roosevelt Middle School of Erie, Pennsylvania; and Uplift Mighty Preparatory of Fort Worth, Texas.
These three selected schools were among the eight invited to participate in the Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters (MSM) event held earlier this summer and were chosen from an applicant pool of 44 schools nationwide. MSM, a key component of the Bush Institute’s Education Reform initiative in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, is designed to translate proven research into practical applications, with a tiered method of supporting public, private and charter schools and districts. Tier III schools receive intensive support and training.
“When it comes to ensuring that students finish high school ready to pursue new educational and career opportunities, the middle grades are critical,” said Bush Institute Education Reform Director Dr. Kerri Briggs. “The George W. Bush Institute’s goal is to help Tier III schools measure their success and areas for growth and help them make critical changes to ensure gains in both areas.”
Learn more about Middle School Matters here.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio
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