"A growing and diverse population, increases in crime and violence, and the long-standing dropout problem are among problems that warrant immediate attention and action."
—From the Foreword by Micki Caskey
This significant volume brings to the forefront two well established but overlooked bodies of research—organizational health and effective schools—that fully support the middle school concept and its goal of increasing student achievement. The authors have thoroughly examined these studies and demonstrate in this volume that these research findings offer strong, corroborating evidence for the validity of the middle school concept.
Here readers will discover many specific recommendations and research-supported guidelines that will lead to the increased achievement and overall development of young adolescents. Related research studies, field-based case studies, and practitioner reflections support the basic premise of this book: organizationally healthy and effective schools are true middle schools. This text is essential for connecting the "what", "how", and "why" questions related to middle grades education.