Middle School DesignKyrene engaged principals, teachers, students, families and community members in creating a vision for the future of Kyrene’s middle schools. Together, they completed a redesign of the middle school program with the objective of increasing achievement, to provide learning opportunities and support for all students, to continue the tradition of excellence in Kyrene and to encourage families in our community to choose Kyrene schools.
The purpose of the Middle School Design project was to:
• increase achievement and opportunities for students at all Kyrene middle schools
• continue the tradition of excellence in Kyrene
• encourage families in our community to continue to choose Kyrene schoolsResearch shows that high performing and high achieving middle schools focus their efforts on key areas—academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equality and organizational structures and processes that support excellence. The Middle School Design project creates an opportunity for principals, teachers, families, and community members to work alongside District leaders to evaluate the current status of middle schools, create a vision for the future of our middle schools, and craft a plan to make the vision our reality.
Key Characteristics of Middle School Performance
This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents Position Paper of National Middle School Association
A Rosetta Stone for Non-cognitive Skills: Understanding, Assessing, and Enhancing Noncognitive Skills in Primary and Secondary Education
Organizing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: Start Times, Grade Configurations, and Teacher Assignments