Courtesy of the Bush Institute

DALLAS, Texas (May 7, 2013) -- The George W. Bush Institute today announced the selection of Lindale Junior High School to participate in the Middle School Matters Institute, designed to improve school outcomes in the middle grades (grades 6-8) and leverage the best available research and practices to support student improvement.

The Middle School Matters Institute, a key component of the Bush Institute’s Education Reform Initiative in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, is designed to translate proven research into practical applications, with a tiered method of supporting charter schools, districts, and non-profit organizations.

“At Lindale Junior High School, we want to equip students with the skills needed to be successful at high school,” said LJHS Principal Vicki Thrasher.  “We have had great success in the past few years, but there is still room for improvement.  The Middle School Matters Program will offer our staff an opportunity to learn more about the best practices needed to ensure that our students can compete with others in Texas and all over the country. We are very grateful to be selected.”

Other selected schools include: Alpine Middle School of Alpine, Texas; Agnew Middle School of Mesquite, Texas; Martin Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas; Revere Middle School of Houston, Texas; Ann Richards Middle School of Dallas, Texas; Uplift Mighty Preparatory of Fort Worth, Texas; and Roosevelt Middle School of Erie, Pa.

“Our goal is to deliver the knowledge and support these schools need to ensure their students have the academic foundation to stay in school, improve their academic performance and put themselves on paths to success,” said Kerri Briggs, Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute.  “We’re excited to have Lindale Junior High School join us in this endeavor.”

The schools will receive targeted support by participating in the first annual Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference June 9-12, 2013 in Austin, Texas, where school leadership teams will have the opportunity to attend development sessions with researchers and practitioners. This guidance will help each school develop a Middle School Matters Implementation Plan tailored to its strengths and areas of growth. The schools will also participate in continued support efforts with researchers throughout the year.

The eight schools were chosen from 44 applicant schools of varying sizes from across the country. Eight schools will be chosen annually to participate in the Middle School Matters Institute.

Three of the eight schools will be selected at the summer conference to receive additional intensive support and targeted assistance with their Implementation Plan.