Middle School is Not a Building

To improve middle grades education in Vermont, educators must work in an integrated, coherent, and comprehensive manner. Within this document, the Vermont Middle Grades Task Force proposes ten recommendations for improving the education of Vermont’s 10 to 15 year olds. These goals, drawn from seminal research-based documents, point to curriculum, instruction, and assessment; school organization and community; and teacher education and development as the means to foster the healthy intellectual and socio-emotional development of Vermont’s young adolescents. Such development is essential to these learners’ efficacy, self-concept, and success and is also essential to a healthy and vibrant state economy and citizenry.The pages that follow provide the task force’s ten recommended goals with proposed actions for state, professional organization, post secondary, district, school, classroom, and learner level considerations.


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Saint Michael's College
Education Department Box 281
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