More Effective Middle Schools

Middle Grades Improvement

The past two decades have seen a shift from preadolescents attending junior high schools to their attending middle schools. But the change is more than just semantic. Junior high schools, acting as little high schools, were impersonal places. Today's middle schools try to help the whole child, academically and socially, at this transitional point in their lives.

Research consistently identifies the middle grades as one of a few crucial crossroads in the American system of public education. In short, middle grades students either acquire the knowledge and skills they need to achieve in high school and beyond, or they fall critically behind and struggle to overcome intellectual underdevelopment for the rest of their educational careers.

But recently, critics claim, schools have become too soft around the middle. NAEP scores and reports from other education groups across the country point to less emphasis on academics and more on young adolescents' developmental characteristics.

The key to a successful middle school, proponents say, is a healthy focus on academic results, not just student development. Foundations and community groups nationwide are working to involve citizens in middle school reform--at a time when many districts witness an exodus of students from public to private schools after the sixth grade.

The following links demonstrate the work being done to make middle schools more effective.

  1. CREATING MORE EFFECTIVE MIDDLE SCHOOLS -- My on-line Professional Development course with these and many more sites!
  2. Middle School Reform
  3. What Works in Middle-Grades School Reform
  4. Integrated Curriculum
  5. ParenTech
  6. Technology and Middle Schools-Links!
  7. Teacher's Guide To Integrating Technology
  8. Middle Grades Links Great!
  9. National Middle School Association Superb Links!
  10. Active, Engaged Learning
  11. The Kidlink Network
  12. Yahooligans!
  13. Bayer/NSF Community Involvement Contest
  14. Living Things
  15. GirlTech
  16. Girl-Friendly Sites
  17. Blue Web'n
  18. Web Resources for Middle School Teachers
  19. Middle School Parent and Public Involvement Links
  20. Middle School Partnership
  21. Middle School Student Attitude Handbook
  22. Middle Schoolers Attitude Tool Kit
  23. What Works in Middle-Grades School Reform
  24. Millard Central Middle School (NE) -- Over 600 links for middle school educators and students
  25. Middle Web Homework Helpers
  26. Homework Helps
  27. TEACHERS ON TEACHING Discussions by classroom teachers on what they wish they'd known when they started.
  28. My Hero: Teacher Heroes Inspiring!
  29. Teacher Tools Page -- On-line tools for making quizzes, puzzles, rubrics, webquests, and more.
  30. Custom Classroom -- Free tools
  31. FREE! Easily develop homework assignments and class information, posting it on the Web!