Improving the Sixth Grade Transition for
Middle School Students
Brogden and Carrington Middle Schools
Durham Public School...
2
What are the top 3
questions/challenges you
have about 6th Grade
middle school reform ?
Write your answer on an
index ca...
Improving the Sixth Grade Transition for
Middle Grades Students
PURPOSE
Discuss strategies and programs implemented to imp...
Sample
4
Brogden Middle
687 students
Carrington
Middle
1200 students
Brogden MS
Instructional Focus Area
5
Leadership
Development
Carrington MS
Instructional Focus Area
6
Global
Connections
Methodology
Strategies for Improving the 6th Grade
Transition
Brogden MS Carrington MS
Survey/Communication Task Force Sum...
Brogden MS
Strategies and Programs
8
Incoming 6th
Grade Parent
Survey
9
Involve Parents in
the 6th Grade
Transition
Process
Incoming 6th Grade
Parent Survey
Objectives
Encourage Parent
Involve...
Brogden MS
10
Carrington MS
11
Summer
Bridge
12
Small Group
Acclimation to a
Large Middle
School
Summer Bridge
Program
Objectives
Gather Diagnostic
Information on
Inco...
Data-to-Action: Carrington MS
13
Data-
Driven
Strategies
Scholastic
Reading
Inventory
Reading Scholastic
Reading
Inventory...
Data-to-Action: Carrington MS
14
CMS
Data-Driven
Collaborative
Team
CMS Admin
Team
Instructional
Facilitator
RtI
Facilitat...
Recommendations
Brogden MS
15
• Involve Parents! They know how to spread
the world and they know what’s best for their
chi...
Recommendations
Carrington MS
16
• Explore the possibility of establishing a
Summer Bridge type program at your middle
sch...
Lessons Learned
Brogden MS
• Start Early!
• Touch Bases Often…revisit practices
• Communication really is Crucial (differe...
Lessons Learned
Carrington MS
18
• Data analysis revealed the potential positive
effects of the Summer Bridge Program at
C...
Next Steps
Brogden MS
19
• Develop another Parent survey.
• Prepare for summer camp.
• Print post cards for a 6th grade Me...
Next Steps
Carrington MS
20
• Continue the Summer Bridge Program due to
its research based past success.
• Examine strateg...
Discussion
21
How is your middle or K-8 school currently
trying to improve the 6th grade transition?
Contact Information
22
Ms. Holly Emanuel, Principal,
Carrington Middle School
Holly.emanuel@dpsnc.net
Ms. LaTonya Smith, P...
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Improving the 6th Grade Transition for Middle School Students
This session will present two middle school principals' efforts to improve the middle school transition for rising 6th grade students. Results from a 6th grade parent survey and Summer Bridge Program will be discussed. New school strategies and implementations to ease the 6th grade transition will also be discussed.
Presenters: J. Brent Cooper, Holly Emanuel, Terri Mozingo & Latonya Smith - Durham Public Schools & Brogden Middle School - Durham, NC

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  1. 1. Improving the Sixth Grade Transition for Middle School Students Brogden and Carrington Middle Schools Durham Public Schools 4/10/2014 1 2014 North Carolina Association for Middle Level Educators Conference (NCAMLE) March 17, 2014 Ms. Holly Emanuel Ms. LaTonya Smith Dr. J. Brent Cooper
  2. 2. 2 What are the top 3 questions/challenges you have about 6th Grade middle school reform ? Write your answer on an index card.
  3. 3. Improving the Sixth Grade Transition for Middle Grades Students PURPOSE Discuss strategies and programs implemented to improve the 6th grade transition at two Durham Middle Schools, Brogden and Carrington Middle. 3
  4. 4. Sample 4 Brogden Middle 687 students Carrington Middle 1200 students
  5. 5. Brogden MS Instructional Focus Area 5 Leadership Development
  6. 6. Carrington MS Instructional Focus Area 6 Global Connections
  7. 7. Methodology Strategies for Improving the 6th Grade Transition Brogden MS Carrington MS Survey/Communication Task Force Summer Bridge Summer Camps Rising 6th Grade Parent Nights Rising 6th Grade Tours Rising 6th Grade Tours 6th Grade Expo 7
  8. 8. Brogden MS Strategies and Programs 8 Incoming 6th Grade Parent Survey
  9. 9. 9 Involve Parents in the 6th Grade Transition Process Incoming 6th Grade Parent Survey Objectives Encourage Parent Involvement Develop Strategies to Improve the 6th Grade Transition Based on Survey Data
  10. 10. Brogden MS 10
  11. 11. Carrington MS 11 Summer Bridge
  12. 12. 12 Small Group Acclimation to a Large Middle School Summer Bridge Program Objectives Gather Diagnostic Information on Incoming 6th Graders Foster 6th Grader Leadership Development
  13. 13. Data-to-Action: Carrington MS 13 Data- Driven Strategies Scholastic Reading Inventory Reading Scholastic Reading Inventory Math NC Ready Data Cumulative Assessment Data Academic Enrichment Days Academic Intervention Days
  14. 14. Data-to-Action: Carrington MS 14 CMS Data-Driven Collaborative Team CMS Admin Team Instructional Facilitator RtI Facilitator AIG Facilitator Global Connections Facilitator Team Leaders
  15. 15. Recommendations Brogden MS 15 • Involve Parents! They know how to spread the world and they know what’s best for their child. • Parents organizing and leading school tours.
  16. 16. Recommendations Carrington MS 16 • Explore the possibility of establishing a Summer Bridge type program at your middle school. • Develop strategies and programs that best fit the context of your middle school as there is not a best fit model for the 6th grade transition for all school contexts.
  17. 17. Lessons Learned Brogden MS • Start Early! • Touch Bases Often…revisit practices • Communication really is Crucial (different modes) 17
  18. 18. Lessons Learned Carrington MS 18 • Data analysis revealed the potential positive effects of the Summer Bridge Program at Carrington MS. • Explore the possibilities of creating a Master Schedule which allows for the implementation of academic enrichment and academic intervention days.
  19. 19. Next Steps Brogden MS 19 • Develop another Parent survey. • Prepare for summer camp. • Print post cards for a 6th grade Meet the Principal Summer Meeting. • Organize a summer reading to align with Leader In Me focus. • Continue to schedule school tours.
  20. 20. Next Steps Carrington MS 20 • Continue the Summer Bridge Program due to its research based past success. • Examine strategies discussed in the initial Focus Middle School Meeting at Carrington in the winter 2014 for potential positive strategies to improve the 6th grade transition at Carrington MS.
  21. 21. Discussion 21 How is your middle or K-8 school currently trying to improve the 6th grade transition?
  22. 22. Contact Information 22 Ms. Holly Emanuel, Principal, Carrington Middle School Holly.emanuel@dpsnc.net Ms. LaTonya Smith, Principal Brogden Middle School LaTonya.Smith@dpsnc.net Dr. J. Brent Cooper Data Analyst, Program Evaluator, and Coordinator of Surveys and Research Jason.cooper@dpsnc.net
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