Easing the Transition to Middle School

In Providence, Rhode Island, teachers and administrators are discovering that easing the transition to middle school encourages skills that help students prepare for high school. At West Broadway Middle School in Providence, Principal Bill Black is becoming a YouTube...

Starting School a Day Early

Incoming sixth graders are finding that starting school a day early has helped the transition to middle school for the 200 incoming students at Central Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa. The incoming class is the largest in recent memory, according to Principal Terry...

The School Where Everybody Belongs

At the school “Where Everybody Belongs,” sixth graders are getting acquainted with their new school at orientation, and finding out it is a “home away from home.” At Moore Middle School, teacher John Martin is leading the “Where Everyone...

Preparing Students for Leadership

Preparing students for leadership is the aim of a summer academy which focuses on developing empathy in students entering middle school. 24 children preparing for middle school were guided by staff of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education...

Developing Student Leadership

The goal of developing student leadership at Cox Middle School in Columbia, Tennessee is making progress with a year long program “The Leader in Me,” based on Stephen Covey’s bestselling 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When Dr. Timm Webb,...