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8th Annual Conference: A Great Success!

We're happy to report that our 8th annual conference, held Saturday, January 10, 2015, met with great success!

Over 100 middle grades educators gathered to share the results of their hard work over the past fall semester. We will be making many of the presentations…

Join us at our 8th Annual Middle Grades Conference

MGI 2015 Date and Location Announced!

Join us for MGI 2015!

Dates: June 22-26, 2015

Time: 8:00am- 5:00pm

Location: Vermont Technical College, Randolph, Vermont 

New Opportunity for Vermont Middle Schools!

A nationally recognized University of Vermont program bringing innovative, technology-rich teaching practices to Vermont middle school students will expand dramatically across the state thanks to a $5 million gift from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The gift is the second $5 million pledge the foundation has made to the Tarrant Institute for Innovative…

The End to a Successful MGI 2014

Thanks to the more than 100 middle level educators who joined us this year for the annual Middle Grades Institute! They accomplished a remarkable amount of thoughtful work throughout the week and we're privileged to have had the chance to teach and learn alongside them.

Less than a week ‘til MGI!

With this summer’s Middle Grades Institute less than a week away, registrations are still flying in and we’re thrilled to report educators from all corners of our state will be convening in Burlington! Some are coming as individuals; an impressive number are coming in teams; and a couple of whole school faculties are joining us as well.  Read more

Student Film on Climate Change: Main Street Middle School

Check out the new film, Rise, A Green Team Film by Main Street Middle School students in Montpelier, Vermont.


Middle Grades Students as Teacher Educators

Paper delivered at American Educational Research Association
Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA April 4, 2014


John Downes, University of Vermont,
James Nagle, Saint Michal’s College,

Convergence of Practices by Joe Rivers, Brattleboro Area Middle School


There is a popular young adult novel series; and now a blockbuster movie, entitled Divergent.  It’s about a society split into factions.  Those five factions emphasize certain human characteristics over others and underscore the differences between us. The factions accentuate what is different about us and devalue…

Mark Your Calendar for Middle Grades Institute 2014!

MGI Monday, June 23- Friday, June 27, 2014

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