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Middle School Matters Team Convenes in Dallas to Begin Next Phase of Program

March 30, 2012 by Kerri L. Briggs

One Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Mrs. Laura Bush attended a Working Group Meeting for the Middle School Matters Initiative at the Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas.  Assembled at the working meeting was a nationally known team of researchers and practitioners who, together with the Middle School Matters Team at the George W. Bush Institute, form a collaborative partnership in the development of the program. Led by Director Anne McClellan, the Middle School Matters program seeks to dramatically increase the number of students who are well-prepared to enter high school and earn a meaningful diploma. “Middle School is our last, and best, chance to reach our young people today. Kids drop out in middle school, they just don’t leave until high school,” said Mrs. Bush. The meeting in Dallas was an opportunity for the 50+ member team to meet face-to-face to discuss the vast amount of research-based information together in one room, roll-up their sleeves and begin Phase II, or the incubation period, of the Middle School Matters program which will develop school supports. “We are in a place where research and practice really intersect – a place where everyone is engaged in this vision at one time,” said Daniel King, Superintendent of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD in San Antonio, Texas. To read more about Middle School Matters, click here

This post was written by Kerri Briggs, Director for Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute.