An Education Week article "Motivating Students in the Middle Years" by Kathleen Kennedy Manzo (March 18, 2008) addresses the middle grades as vital to the success in high school and college access. The article speaks to the decade of work after a national group was formed to put more rigor into middle schools and how the educators are still searching for the right blend of academic and developmental strategies.
Please visit the article at the link below. How can we adjust our college access work to make sure the middle school students are supported in both the developmental and academic worlds? Are there programs in your region that are working?