Middle School Redesign

Many districts across the US are working on Middle School Redesign projects. The focus encompasses space - curriculum - organizational structure - support. 

In Miami-Dade County, the mission is
"Miami-Dade County Public Schools is improving the middle school experience for all students by implementing innovative changes to meet the learning needs for generations to come."

A primary part of their focus is student leadership.

Lead4Change is a program that offers excellent solutions for teaching student leadership, strengthening social-emotional skills and providing organized, successful experiential learning. We are working with several districts to assist as they understand and incorporate the concepts into their re-design

How can we work with you? 

If you are an educator or district leader working on Middle School Redesign, we would love to have a conversation. Our resources are ready to use, free and student success can be tracked with our pre- and post-survey tool.

Contact us here and we will connect you with one of our Program Consultants for more information.

The things you Can Do!

Oh, the things you can do and the thinks you can think!! Dr. Seuss had it right when he encouraged us to do and think new and helpful things. The 2020 Lead4Change Challenge teams are doing just that!  

This week we spotlight Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, VA. 

Can-Do team of Leadership Development students strives to address food insecurity in their area. Each year new groups of students design and implement a multi-faceted project. Their goal is to bring attention to this important issue and food resources to their community.

The team’s favorite Lead4Change lesson is "Brand Your Team."

After understanding themselves, getting to know team member strengths, researching needs in the community and choosing one need and a big goal, students are ready to brand their team. They design a name, slogan and mascot. This lesson is fun and critical to the social and community awareness they will need to make their project successful.  

This year, during fall semester, the Can-Do team collected and donated more than 13,000 food items to their local food pantry. They also created kits to improve mental health and provide some fun for those in need. The Grassfield students involve the entire school, local businesses and other community organizations to assist in their work.  

Teacher David Thaw says, "I applaud my students for their leadership, resilience, and creativity throughout this course. They taught me as much as I taught them!"

We join Mr. Thaw in applauding the work of these leaders! You are changing yourselves through the lessons and changing your community for the better!

Need to know...
  • Have you seen our newly released Research Study? We are excited to have evidence-based data supporting the learning outcomes of Lead4Change. See complete details here.
  • Meet Lead4Change team members at an upcoming conference:
    • March 9-10 New England League of Middle Schools Rhode Island
    • March 13-16 ASCD Empower 2020 Los Angeles
    • March 18 NYC DOE District 75 New York City
    • March 25-29 Homeschool Expo Online
  • Do you need information from a previous newsletter? Would you like to share the newsletter with another educator? Find all previous newsletters here.

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