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Celebrating National Middle Level Education Month

03/13/13


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By Lindsay Torrico and Ayeola Fortune

March is National Middle Level Education Month! This month, we will work with NASSP, the association for Middle Level Education, to promote the critical importance of the middle grades.

The middle grades are the “Bermuda triangle” of the education system. They are considered the educational stage when the competitive edge of American students is essentially lost.

They often suffer from low academic achievement, behavioral problems, teen alienation and disengagement from school. In fact, the process of social isolation that eventually leads students to drop out of high school often starts in the middle grades. 

United Way is working to ensure that middle grade success and transition to high school is a national priority and any efforts to reduce the nation’s dropout rate include policies and programs that help middle grade students stay on track to high school.

Join us in raising awareness about the importance of the middle grades. Take action. Become a middle grade advocate. Read our one-pager on how to get involved.

As a middle grade advocate, you can:

  1. Contact your congressional representative about investing in the middle grades
  2. Become a tutor for a middle grade student
  3. Raise awareness about the middle grades on social media. Use hashtags #kidswin and #liveunited.

Sample Tweets:

  • March is National Middle Level Education Month! Become a middle grade advocate http://ow.ly/iS5yc #kidswin #liveunited
  • It’s National Middle Level Education Month! Help us support the middle grades http://ow.ly/iS5yc #kidswin #liveunited
  • The middle grades matter. Join us in raising awareness about the middle grade years http://ow.ly/iS5yc #kidswin #liveunited

Facebook Post:

March is National Middle Level Education Month! Join us in raising awareness about the importance of the middle grades. Take action. Become a middle grade advocate. http://ow.ly/iS5yc.

Join us today.

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