Middle Grades Teachers, Administrators and Counselors Collaborate

The second Middle Grades Network meeting of the school year focuses on math achievement and more

Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s Senior Research Associate Dr. Matt Deevers led math teachers, administrators and school counselors from several Summit County middle schools during a Middle Grades Network meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Quaker Station in Akron. The network kicked off in mid-September 2017.

Middle Grades Network meeting with SEI's Dr. Matt Deevers

SEI’s Dr. Matt Deevers facilitates a discussion with middle school administrators and school counselors.

“The Middle Grades Network is the only collaborative professional network that supports public and nonpublic schools working with middle school students in Summit County,” Deevers says. 

During the Nov. 14 meeting, network members discussed math achievement and career exploration ideas for their students. While math teachers participated in a Rubber City Math Teachers’ Circle activity, facilitated by Stephen Miller of the Summit Educational Service Center, administrators and school counselors discussed grades, attendance and school climate with Deevers.

Looking ahead, the network will help SEI address the critical transition point of eighth grade math, but it will also do much more than that.

“Like the Ready High School Network, the Middle Grades Network will take a holistic approach to supporting student success, focusing on overall academic success, attendance issues, school climate, student motivation, career awareness and mathematics,” Deevers says. “The Network will identify areas of focus that are important across schools and districts, as well as research-based best practices to implement improvement strategies. Collectively, we can find what practices best support student success, and we can help to replicate those practices across the region.”