Refocusing on the Middle School
Model
Developmentally Appropriate
Practices to Support the
Young Adolescent
What do people say when they find
out you work “in the middle?”
“Thank you for this! When I tell people I teach middle
sch...
Adolescent Development
Goal of this project was to ensure alignment of
our structures and practices with the
developmental...
Our Need and Rationale for Refocusing
on the Middle
Staff and
Administrative
Changes
New
Standards and
Assessments
Focus
S...
We recognized that it was time to
revisit the middle school model.
NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
District Action Steps
1. Analyze student data to present need for additional
support for adolescents
2. Investigate middle...
What the Data Showed
Significant
Achievement Gaps
Drop in
Proficiency from
5th grade to 8th
grade
Inconsistencies in
Progr...
What Makes a Middle School?
Distinguishing
Characteristics
of Effective
Middle
Schools
Finding our
Focus for
Middle Level
...
Professional Development
Middle
School
Conference
Middle
School 101
Processing
the Session
Middle
School
Week
NCMLE Annual...
Middle School Week
• Three Days in the Summer
• Voluntary Attendance
• Continuing Education Units
• Interactive Wiki
• Adv...
Define Middle School
• Created HPS
Definition of
Middle School
• Leveraged Rich
Sources of
Information
• Articulated Visio...
Highlights of the Middle School Model
• Focus on Adolescent
• Teaming
• Advisory
• Content Integration
• Relationships
• D...
Plan for the Transition
• Present Middle School Document to School
Improvement Team
• Provide Information at Staff Meeting...
Challenges Along the Way
• Finding Middle School Certified Teachers with
dual licensure
• Planning ‘balanced’ teams
• Maki...
Teaming
NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
School Level Administrative Actions
Required to…
• Meet a minimum number of times each week
• Share minutes
• Create weekl...
Northview Middle School
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Individual
Planning
Individual
Planning
Individual
Planni...
Team Meeting vs. Content Meeting
Student Focus
Performance Data
Interventions
Conferencing
Curriculum &
Alignment
Instruct...
Teacher Perspectives
NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
Team Must Haves
Organization
Cooperation and
Fairness
Buy In and
Commitment
Buy In and Commitment
• Are we all on board?
– Looking at the whole child
– Many hands make light work
• Setting team stan...
Organization
• Start with a plan
– When , where, and how often do we meet?
– Who does what? Who is there?
• Aligning decis...
Organization
Student
Team
Principal
District
NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
Cooperation and Fairness
• Division of Tasks
– Develops synergy
– Builds team morale
– Reduces stress level
– Establishes ...
Tools and Resources
Seamless Communication for all stakeholders
– Google Drive
– Outlook Calendar
– Remind101.com
– Websit...
Outcomes
• Established a Vision
• Built community for students
• Engaged with student-driven conversations
• Restructured ...
District Perspective
• Collaborative vision for middle schools
• Structure builds in time to discuss new
standards and ins...
Next Steps
• Next level teaming
• Integration of non-core staff
• Middle Week to focus on content integration
and vertical...
Questions or Feedback?
• Chief Academic Officer
• pattersonde@hickoryschools.net
Dr. Patterson
• Principal, Northview Midd...
References
Caskey, M. M., & Anfara, V. A., Jr. (2007). Research
summary: Young adolescents' developmental
characteristics....
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How do you foster academic growth for students in the middle? Developmentally appropriate practices are critical at all levels for student learning and engagement. Refocusing on the middle school model aligns instructional practices with the unique developmental needs of students ages 11 through 15. Teaming, Advisory, and Content Integration enable teachers to leverage the talents of adolescents. This collaboration strengthens teacher leadership, builds student-teacher relationships, and fosters critical conversations around teaching and learning.
Presenters: Patterson Denise & Stephanie Dischiavi - Northview Middle School - Hickory, NC

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  1. 1. Refocusing on the Middle School Model Developmentally Appropriate Practices to Support the Young Adolescent
  2. 2. What do people say when they find out you work “in the middle?” “Thank you for this! When I tell people I teach middle school, I often get the response, "Oh, I'm sorry," as if I was forced to be where I am. A note on the goals of teachers; many teacher-training programs in colleges don't even have a middle school major. Pretty much all middle school teachers came from elementary or secondary backgrounds, which creates a very interesting group of teachers with all sorts of different philosophies.” -Comment post from the article. NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  3. 3. Adolescent Development Goal of this project was to ensure alignment of our structures and practices with the developmental needs of young adolescents. NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  4. 4. Our Need and Rationale for Refocusing on the Middle Staff and Administrative Changes New Standards and Assessments Focus School/Title I Middle School NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  5. 5. We recognized that it was time to revisit the middle school model. NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  6. 6. District Action Steps 1. Analyze student data to present need for additional support for adolescents 2. Investigate middle school model elements 3. Visit a middle school in another district 4. Attend Middle School Conference 5. Define Middle School Concept 6. Plan the Transition 7. Provide Professional Development Middle School Week 8. Include elements in New Teacher Orientation 9. Continue throughout school year NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  7. 7. What the Data Showed Significant Achievement Gaps Drop in Proficiency from 5th grade to 8th grade Inconsistencies in Programming Fragmented Collaboration Lack of Vision NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  8. 8. What Makes a Middle School? Distinguishing Characteristics of Effective Middle Schools Finding our Focus for Middle Level Education Research and Trends NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  9. 9. Professional Development Middle School Conference Middle School 101 Processing the Session Middle School Week NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  10. 10. Middle School Week • Three Days in the Summer • Voluntary Attendance • Continuing Education Units • Interactive Wiki • Advisory Planning Time • Part of New Teacher Orientation NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  11. 11. Define Middle School • Created HPS Definition of Middle School • Leveraged Rich Sources of Information • Articulated Vision in Writing and Shared Based on Investigation NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  12. 12. Highlights of the Middle School Model • Focus on Adolescent • Teaming • Advisory • Content Integration • Relationships • Dually Certified Teachers NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  13. 13. Plan for the Transition • Present Middle School Document to School Improvement Team • Provide Information at Staff Meetings • Collaborate with Human Resources on Teacher Licensure • Request Teacher Input for Teams • Hire Middle School Teachers • Revise Master Schedule NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  14. 14. Challenges Along the Way • Finding Middle School Certified Teachers with dual licensure • Planning ‘balanced’ teams • Making meetings meaningful • Fostering teaming • Creating one voice in a team NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  15. 15. Teaming NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  16. 16. School Level Administrative Actions Required to… • Meet a minimum number of times each week • Share minutes • Create weekly or monthly parent newsletters Encouraged to… • Utilize flexible schedule • Support cross-curricular planning • Consider Schools To Watch criteria NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  17. 17. Northview Middle School Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Individual Planning Individual Planning Individual Planning Individual Planning Individual Planning Team Meeting Content Meeting Team Meeting Team Meeting Content Meeting NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  18. 18. Team Meeting vs. Content Meeting Student Focus Performance Data Interventions Conferencing Curriculum & Alignment Instructional Strategies Common Assessments Differentiation Enhance Teacher Leadership NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  19. 19. Teacher Perspectives NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  20. 20. Team Must Haves Organization Cooperation and Fairness Buy In and Commitment
  21. 21. Buy In and Commitment • Are we all on board? – Looking at the whole child – Many hands make light work • Setting team standards – Sharing Perspectives – Rules and Roles – Shared Understanding NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  22. 22. Organization • Start with a plan – When , where, and how often do we meet? – Who does what? Who is there? • Aligning decisions – HPS Pacing Guide – Principal follow-up – Department level standards – Student centered NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  23. 23. Organization Student Team Principal District NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  24. 24. Cooperation and Fairness • Division of Tasks – Develops synergy – Builds team morale – Reduces stress level – Establishes shared understanding • Collaboration – Support staff – PEPs – Teacher Conferences – Discipline NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  25. 25. Tools and Resources Seamless Communication for all stakeholders – Google Drive – Outlook Calendar – Remind101.com – Website – Team Newsletter – Shared drive NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  26. 26. Outcomes • Established a Vision • Built community for students • Engaged with student-driven conversations • Restructured schedule • Decreased number of discipline referrals • Increased teacher accountability • Fostered a unified staff NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  27. 27. District Perspective • Collaborative vision for middle schools • Structure builds in time to discuss new standards and instructional practices • Consideration of data and the developmental needs of students • Continued Focus NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  28. 28. Next Steps • Next level teaming • Integration of non-core staff • Middle Week to focus on content integration and vertical alignment of writing • Cross-school visits NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  29. 29. Questions or Feedback? • Chief Academic Officer • pattersonde@hickoryschools.net Dr. Patterson • Principal, Northview Middle School • dischiavist@hickoryschools.net Stephanie Dischiavi • Curriculum Specialist • griffinje@hickoryschools.net Jennifer Griffin NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
  30. 30. References Caskey, M. M., & Anfara, V. A., Jr. (2007). Research summary: Young adolescents' developmental characteristics. Retrieved [13 March 2014], from http://www.amle.org/TabId/207/ArtMID/8 41/ArticleID/300/Research-Summary- Developmental-Characteristics.aspx NCMLE Annual Conference -- March 2014
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