Bush Institute Selects Lee Middle School for Middle School Matters Program

August 27, 2014

The George W. Bush Institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Center announced the selection of three schools to receive intensive support from nationally recognized educational researchers during the 2014-2015 school year through its Middle School Matters (MSM) program.  SAISD’s Robert E. Lee Middle School is one of three schools chosen to receive help in implementing high-quality, research-based strategies for advanced reasoning, data management, dropout prevention, and instruction in reading, writing, and math.  

These three schools, which include Advanced Studies Magnet-Haut Gap Middle School in Johns Island, South Carolina, and Walter L. Wilkinson Middle School in Mesquite, Texas, were among five other schools chosen from a pool of nationwide applicants to participate in the Middle School Matters Summer Conference held at The University of Texas at Austin this past June.

Over the past several years, the Bush Institute, in partnership with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas, has convened numerous top national education researchers who have translated research into practice in schools and provided highly effective support to schools chosen to be a part of this select group.

“Through Middle School Matters, the Bush Institute builds a bridge between our top expert researchers in the field, and those in the classrooms charged with preparing our students for success in high school and post-secondary endeavors,” said Beth Ann Bryan, Interim Director of Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute.  “We are making proven strategies for success in the middle grades available to our teachers and school leaders across the nation.” 

Compelled by Mrs. Laura W. Bush’s conviction “Middle school is the last and best chance to prepare students for a successful high school career,” the Bush Institute founded Middle School Matters (MSM) to transform the formative middle grades so that a greater number of children are given the foundational skills needed for high school and post-secondary success.