Middle School Redesign Task Force
At the beginning of this school year, a Middle School Redesign Task Force was formed to study and renew the middle school experience, and ultimately provide authentic, diverse and rich student experiences for all middle school learners.
This task force is composed of teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, students and Board of Education members. This is the first overall evaluation of the Lindbergh middle school experience since 2010, when the district prepared to reopen Truman as a second middle school.
It is important to periodically examine how we serve students and provide middle school education, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our students as well as possible.
Over the past three months, our work has focused on empathizing with the middle school student experience and collecting data from the online survey that students, families and staff took earlier this year. Task force members also visited schools across the country, and shadowed our own middle school students at Sperreng and Truman. The information and observations from this process are helping us define our priorities and imagine new possibilities.
As we continue our work during second semester, we will be looking at opportunities for change while being mindful of the successful programs we already have in place. Through our data collection, we have identified a need for more flexibility in our scheduling. This would allow us to better personalize learning for all students and connect student learning to life outside the classroom. We will be researching several options to address not only these needs, but also other priorities.
Looking ahead, a few changes are likely to be tested in the 2020-21 school year, but the full implementation of the redesign will not begin until the 2021-22 school year. We are excited about the possibilities and look forward to continued engagement with our community throughout this process.