Middle School Matters Field Guide


The George W. Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters initiative and The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin (MCPER) recently published the second edition of the “Middle School Matters Field Guide,” a collection of research-based principles, practices, and strategies deemed essential for middle school success.

The updated field guide covers all content areas and applies to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It contains examples and illustrations for each recommended practice to help educators understand and then implement these practices in their classrooms. Some of the elements included in the guide are as follows:

  • Reading Interventions
  • Writing Interventions
  • Mathematics Interventions
  • Cognitive Science and Advanced Reasoning
  • Dropout Prevention
  • School Climate, Culture, and Partnerships
  • Student Behavior and Motivation
  • Extended Learning Time


To read more about specific strategies and research data, see the full field guide.

Or, for a more concise report, see the 28-page summary of the field guide.