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Teaching Middle School is Never Easy, But It Helps to Know How to Help Students Learn

teaching middle school

George W. Bush Institute
Thursday, February 23, 2017

MSM is not a curriculum – -it isn’t telling you what book to read or lesson plan to follow. Instead, the MSM resources give teachers research-based instructional practices, performance management strategies, and support tools that will lead to better student outcomes, no matter what curriculum or program a teacher is using in a given subject…

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Heritage Intermediate School set to receive another year of support from Middle School Matters Institute

Heritage Intermediate SchoolMiddle School Matters Institute
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI), an Initiative of the George W. Bush Institute and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, is collaborating with Heritage Intermediate School in Etiwanda School District (Fontana, California) to provide professional development to educators in two areas: 1) using early warning indicator data to keep students on the path to high school graduation, and 2) supporting reading comprehension across all content areas.

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Middle School Matters Institute to provide summer professional development in San Angelo

San Angelo summer professional developmentMeadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
Thursday, June 22, 2016

MCPER’s Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI) is collaborating with San Angelo Independent School District in San Angelo, Texas, to provide professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, instructional coaches, counselors, and administrators who serve students in fourth to ninth grades…

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Middle School Matters Initiative

Concho Valley Homepage
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lee Middle SchoolSan Angelo’s Lee Middle School is one of just a few in the country that is part of the Middle School Matters Initiative with the institute founded by former president George W. Bush. San Angelo’s school district is one of only two in Texas where teachers and administrators will get intensive training and support from nationally known researchers during the coming school year. “Middle School Matters” teaches educators how to identify students who…

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Laura Bush slips comfortably back into classroom role in Mesquite

The Dallas Morning News
Tom Benning
October 21, 2014

Laura Bush with Wilkinson Middle SchoolFormer first lady Laura Bush walked into a classroom at Wilkinson Middle School on Tuesday and sat down among the students. While students tittered nervously at her presence, the former teacher and librarian opened up the book Pancakes for Breakfast and helped the kids come up with their own stories to match the book’s pictures. “You never give up being a teacher,” she said later with a laugh. Though…

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Mesquite school selected by Bush Institute

The Dallas Morning News
Hannah Declerk
Friday, September 19, 2014

Wilkinson Middle School

Leslie Feinglas is seeking ways to improve the education of the 900-plus students in her care, and this year, she’s getting a little presidential assistance. As principal of Mesquite’s Walter L. Wilkinson Middle School, she will join professors and researchers from Johns Hopkins, Florida State, Arcadia and Southern Methodist universities to provide hands-on instruction in reading, writing and math. The school is one of three schools to receive on-site instruction from…

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