SREB, in partnership with state and local education leaders in 16 states has a network of over 350 MMGW schools. Each participating state and local school or school system agrees to accelerate student achievement by creating conditions that support teachers and local leaders in implementing key improvement practices. For more information about activities in each participating state, contact your MMGW State Coordinator.
SREB works in cooperation with states and local school system leaders to provide a variety of services to members of the state network. These services are aimed at helping schools raise students’ achievement and prepare more students for success in college-preparatory high school studies:
- Provide coaching and professional learning services to network schools.
- Provide a range of publications and informational materials (including guides, newsletters, policy reports and progress reports) to support state and school efforts.
- Conduct the biennial Middle Grades Assessment and analyze and disseminate the results.
- Facilitate Site Development Workshops (SDW) to introduce teams from new schools to the MMGW model, while providing an opportunity to assess current progress.
- Support collaboration among schools within the state network.
Benefits of the Consortium
- Students gain increased academic and technical knowledge and skills. MMGW shows students the connection between the middle grades, high school and their futures, and encourages them to prepare for a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum in high school.
- Teachers gain confidence in their abilities to help all students complete challenging middle grades studies while preparing for rigorous high school college-preparatory course work.
- Principals become more adept at leading a continuous improvement program to improve student learning and experience the benefits of shared decision-making for school improvement.
- Schools receive data to identify what is needed to improve student achievement in mathematics, science and reading. The information becomes the basis of an action plan to focus faculty and administration on making needed changes. MMGW results in improved communication among faculty and staff, students, parents, and secondary institutions.
- States acquire new strategies for working with middle grades schools on a long-term basis to bring about “whole school” change. School leaders and teachers gain confidence that they can increase the achievement
- The community, state and nation benefit from a well-taught, accelerated middle grades curriculum that: 1) reverses the downward trend in achievement that currently is occurring in most middle grades schools; and 2) significantly increase the percentage of students ready for challenging high school studies and, ultimately, success in college and careers.