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Many sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students in this nation are intelligent and talented, but are nevertheless performing at unacceptably low levels. Many middle-school initiatives do not address the need for comprehensive change in the policy and practices of district and state educational systems, nor do they address the content, quality, and assessment of academic programs, student achievement, and instructional approaches. The Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the Program for Disadvantaged Youth (Edna McConnell Clark Foundation) developed and conducted a series of seminars on systemic middle-grades reform. The goal of the seminars was to increase awareness among national education associations of the need for systemic middle-grades reform. These proceedings of the seminars contain: (1) introductory remarks by M. Hayes Mizell, director of the Program for Disadvantaged Youth; (2) a keynote address on the history of middle-grades schooling, by Joan Lipsitz; (3) three presentations by practitioners describing middle-grades reform work in their school districts and states; and (4) a summary of the small group discussions that took place at these seminars. The appendix contains a list of all participants and a description of AED's middle-grades work. (SW)

Descriptors: Academic Failure, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Professional Associations

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Author: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9068&id=ED380189

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