About the Middle School Matters Institute

The Middle School Matters Institute is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas.  We partner with the nation’s leading education researchers and practitioners and draw upon decades of high-quality research to provide excellent support and resources to middle grades schools across the nation.


Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of students well-prepared for high school and post secondary success. We do this by drawing upon solid research to develop practical tools and engaging support opportunities for middle grade campuses, allowing research-based practices to be brought to life in classrooms across the nation.

Learn more about why the stakes are high in middle school.


Robert Balfanz
Johns Hopkins University
Wheelock College
Mark Dynarski
Pemberton Research
University of Memphis
Arizona State University
George W. Bush Institute
Uplift Education
The University of Texas at Austin


Project Director
Veronica Miller
School Support Coach