ERIC Number: ED367065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Gentle Ambitions. Indiana's Thoughtful Middle Grades Movement.
Mancini, Gail Hinchion; Lewis, Anne C., Ed.
This publication describes efforts taken in Indiana to improve middle-grade education. The restructuring of the state's urban middle grades has been supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., which founded the Middle Grades Improvement Program (MGIP), 6 years ago. Despite the lack of an overall middle-grade theme in the state Department of Education and despite other barriers, the middle-grade restructuring movement has thrived at a grass-roots level. Chapter 1 offers a profile of Indiana students that illustrates the need for more child-centered education. Chapter 2 describes administrators' approaches to change and demonstrates the importance of good leadership in school restructuring. Chapters 3 and 4 offer suggestions for planning and building a supportive school environment. The fifth and sixth chapters describe team teaching strategies and ways to help children, particularly underserved students, understand their potential and plan their futures. Chapter 7 describes the need for a variety of strategies that address students' diverse needs. The final chapter describes new grassroots organizations that are broadening the impact of change. Appendices contain a glossary and a list of Middle Grades Improvement Network schools. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, School Restructuring, Team Teaching
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.