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Klea Scharberg

Throughout April: Middle Grades

Ah, middle grades ... A complex, challenging, and confusing time in adolescence. Also a complex, challenging, and confusing age for adults to support and develop! Nonetheless, there is more and more research that points to the crucial importance of this childhood stage. Supporting students as they transition physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially is key to ensuring that they are successful and healthy in high school and beyond.

Join us throughout April as we examine how to support middle grades students' healthy development and support and develop those that work with them in schools, in the community, and at home. During the month, make sure to check out the following:

The Whole Child Podcast

Download this month's Whole Child Podcast on supporting middle grade students next week to hear from Gayle Andrews, president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, and Caroline Bloxom, principal of Pocomoke Middle School.

The Whole Child Blog

Check out the Whole Child Blog throughout the month for contributions from experts and practitioners in the field, whole child partners, and ASCD staff who will share free resources, provide examples of what supporting middle grade students looks like, and answer your questions. Be sure to leave your questions, ideas, and stories in the comments.

What Works in Middle Grades

Visit the What Works section for a one-stop (free!) shop to explore issues that must be transformed if we are to successfully educate the whole child. Our new topic pages are a collection of resources on the topics we address each month. Throughout April, we'll add resources to the "Middle Grades" topic page. Tell us what has worked with your middle grade students. E-mail us and share resources, research, and examples.

Social Networking

Connect (if you haven't already) with the Whole Child Initiative on Facebook and Twitter to be part of changing the conversation about digital learning with more than 7,000 people from around the globe.

Klea Scharberg

Underserved Students Realize Dreams of College

Bronx Preparatory Charter School in New York prepares underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic involvement, and lifelong success by holding high expectations and providing a caring, structured environment. The school's 700 students in grades 5–12 spend 50 percent more time in school than their peers in traditional public schools. Heavy emphasis is placed on math and literacy. Middle school students attend up to two hours each in math and English daily and are introduced to high school-level content in 8th grade. During the 11th and 12th grades, students can take college-level courses.

College is integrated into every aspect at Bronx Prep, with rooms named after colleges and universities and teachers constantly referring to students' future higher education. Consistent science, social studies, physical education, and artistic block scheduling provide a well-rounded education. Middle and high school students spend one hour a day, four days a week participating in classes such as piano, violin, dance, and drama. One hundred percent of the school's first three high school graduating classes were admitted to four-year colleges.

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