How does a state become a member of Making Middle Grades Work?
Making Middle Grades Work partners with states to implement a comprehensive reform effort. MMGW links individual schools to specific professional development that will build the capacity of the school to create a culture of high expectations for all students.
The network offers states, districts and schools an opportunity to learn together and share promising practices. A consortium of state liaisons convenes several times a year, and an annual summer conference brings together educators to discuss best practices and learn from schools that have implemented practices that are yielding results States share policies and actions that encourage continuous improvement and build capacity to raise student achievement.
How does a school become an MMGW site?
1. Join a state network.
Available for schools in MMGW member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Member states work together to provide services to member schools. Each state uses its own process for selecting schools to join the network. Most states require prospective schools to submit applications; a few states ask for annual proposals; and some states require majority approval by the school staff members to adopt the MMGW school improvement model. For more information about joining a state network, contact your state’s MMGW State Coordinator.
2. Contract with SREB for direct support.
Schools and districts throughout the nation can contract directly with SREB for Making Middle Grades Work school improvement support. Services include on-site coaching by experienced school improvement consultants, technical assistance and professional development. To pursue this option, contact Tony Dobbins at SREB.