Middle Grade Implementation Team

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  • March 13 Update

    Posted by Andy Wheeler on 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM

    On March 7th & 8th the Middle Grades Implementation Team met to evaluate progress toward meeting the October 2016 board directive to examine the school facilities, program, and delivery model for middle grades education as schools transition from K-8s to middle schools. 

    The draft of the middle grades instructional model has received input from PPS staff and community partners. The next input sessions will include teachers from the proposed feeder schools for Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights Middle Schools. Following these sessions the team will present the model to the PPS School Board in April. They will ask the board to approve the model for community input.  Upon board approval, community input sessions will begin in April and continue through the spring.  

    In addition to discussions on the educational model, the team examined data collected by department representatives, who assessed the capacity of buildings to accommodate the program requirements of the proposed middle grades model. Next week they will meet again to discuss findings and make recommendations on building needs.

    The Middle Grades Implementation Team has established a committee structure and goals to take the middle grades model from planning to action.  A steering committee will oversee four sub committees and make recommendations for implementation to the superintendent. The four sub-committees are: Scheduling, Curriculum, Advisory/STEAM/ Career and Technology Education, and Health Wellness and Safety. In the next weeks we will be seeking educators and community members interested in working on these committees. 

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  • From Theory to Practice

    Posted by Brenda Fox on 2/22/2017 11:00:00 AM

    The Middle Grades Implementation Team has had a busy couple of weeks. We have met with an array of stakeholders in five separate input sessions. We have completed an inter-department facility assessment of both Tubman and Roseway Heights. Currently, we are establishing a middle grades steering committee and sub committees to take our model for middle grades education from a theory into practice.

    Over a period of several months, we have worked with local experts and examined research on middle grades education. Our exploration and examination of this area of education has been fascinating and informative. We have received input from more than 100 individuals on what a middle grades model should contain in the areas of: curriculum, instruction, assessment, decision making, community partnerships, and health and wellness, and safety.

    Currently our team is creating committees to address each of the above mentioned areas, as well as a steering committee to oversee the entire process. The steering committee and area committees will comprise teachers, administrators, and community members. More details on the committees will be posted here soon.

    We are anticipating a busy spring as committee work begins and our team visits communities across Portland to discuss middle grades education, and how we can all partner together to make the middle grades a positive time for our students both academically and socially.


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  • Middle Grades Implementation Team collecting input

    Posted by Brenda Fox on 2/3/2017 8:00:00 AM

    From January 23 to February 2, the Middle Grades Implementation Team met with more than sixty district personnel sharing research on exemplary middle grade education. They have conducted listening sessions with building principals, representatives from the Office of Teaching and Learning, Office of School Performance, Office of Equity and School Partnerships, and the Office of Early Learners, Student Support. In addition to listening sessions, the team has created an eighteen-month time line articulating necessary actions to open Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights as middle schools in the fall of 2018.

    In the next few weeks Superintendent McKean will engage in an input session with the Middle Grade Implementation Team and valued community partners as they come together to share their expertise working with young adolescents.

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  • The Middle Grade Implementation Team is made up of individuals across the departments of PPS. Our goal is to create and implement a comprehensive, student focused model for middle grade education through collaboration.

    The model will be student centered, culturally relevant, engaging, and intellectually rigorous. It is implemented and guided by educators and community partners well versed in the social, emotional, and academic needs of young adolescents to prepare students to fully engage in high school, college, career, and the global community.