Making Middle Grades Work


Making Middle Grades Work

Making Middle Grades Work

Too many students leave the middle grades unprepared to succeed in rigorous high school studies and unable to take advantage of all that high school can offer. By ninth grade, many struggling students have fallen behind and are on a path to become high school dropouts. 

Through SREB’s middle grades initiative, SREB states are among the first in the nation to implement strategies that address the crucial middle grades and key transition into high school. MMGW helps states, districts and schools look at what they expect, what they teach and how they teach young adolescents to prepare for success in further education. 

MMGW is a network of schools, districts and states committed to improving school and classroom practices in the middle grades by implementing a framework of Key Practices and conditions for continuous improvement. The MMGW brochure, Making Middle Grades Work: An Enhanced Design to Prepare All Middle Grades Students for Success in High School, details the essential elements and other components of the framework. 


Middle Grades STEM Courses
Spark discovery with project-based STEM courses for middle grades students.

Skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are essential to many of today’s jobs, but too many students lack opportunities to explore these jobs and understand the academic skills, credentials and degrees needed to secure them.

Early learning experiences are the key to introducing students to rewarding STEM degrees and careers. In a 2011 survey of students and parents commissioned by Microsoft, nearly four in five STEM college students said they decided to study STEM in high school or earlier; one in five decided in the middle grades or earlier.

Publication December 201721 pages(17V17)

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College
A Guide to High Schools That Work and Other SREB School Improvement Services

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College offers a comprehensive guide to High Schools That Work and SREB’s related school improvement services.

For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts and schools to identify and implement strategies that engage and empower young people to put what they learn in the classroom to work in the real world.

Publication May 201717V10

What SREB Offers Schools

This brochure details SREB’s High Schools That Work school improvement frameworks designed to prepare students for college and careers. Inside you will find descriptions of the programs, professional development, curricula and technical support available for the elementary grades through community and technical colleges.



Contract Services

Schools, districts and states desiring intensive assistance to improve schools can contract directly with SREB for support in implementing the HSTW, MMGW or TCTW designs. Click below for more information about contracting with SREB at the school, district or state level.


Reports & Surveys

High Schools That Work, Making Middle Grades Work and Technology Centers That Work are data-driven, research-based school improvement initiatives. Using survey tools and reports, participating states, districts and schools can establish baseline data, identify areas for improvement and track progress over time. Schools receive comprehensive reports detailing school and classroom experiences.