About Middle Start
Middle Start is a nationally recognized program of the Academy for Educational Development dedicated to improving teaching and learning and ensuring academic success and healthy development for every middle-grades student. With over a decade of experience, Middle Start helps schools develop the characteristics of high performing middle-grades schools:
- Academically challenging environments that support the diverse needs of ALL learners.
- Personalized learning communities informed by the stages of young adolescent development.
- Reflective review and self-assessment to ensure continuous improvement.
- Collaborative leadership committed to family and community partnerships to sustain success.
Vision and Mission
Middle Start is committed to the academic success and healthy development of every middle-grades student. Middle Start envisions high-performing middle-grades schools characterized by challenging academic programs, support for all students, and social equity. Such schools collaborate with families, communities, and other organizations to deepen and sustain their improvements.
Middle Start promotes the academic success and healthy development of all middle-grades students by collaborating with other national and local organizations to provide professional development for educators, build school support networks, conduct research, and advocate for equitable middle-grades policies and practices.