Remaking Middle School Summit

On February 12-13, 2019 in Washington, D.C., the New York Life Foundation, Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Altria, and Youth-Nex, the University of Virginia Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, will host the Remaking Middle School Summit to envision and remake the future of learning for young adolescents. Generously hosted by Gallup, the Summit will bring together practitioners, researchers, youth, policymakers, out-of-school time providers, funders, and others committed to dramatically improving the learning experiences and outcomes of all young adolescents.

With powerful research on positive youth development, we can reimagine the middle school experience in a way that recognizes the strengths of our youth. Building from an understanding of what young adolescents need, Remaking Middle School Summit participants will begin to generate solutions to transform the middle grades and build a national vision for shifting the middle school experience to a positive one for all youth. 

Logos for New York Life, AMLe, Altria, UVA YouthNex, and Gallup


Summit Details

  • Attend: Registration & Travel

    The Remaking Middle School Summit is an invitation-only gathering. However, if you would like to request an invitation, please reach out and a member of our team will let you know if we are able to accommodate your request!

    Register for the Remaking Middle School Summit no later than Friday, January 18, 2019 5:00 PM PST.

    The Summit will take place at Gallup World Headquarters, conveniently located in downtown D.C. and easily accessible by public transportation.
    The Gallup Building
    901 F Street, NW (entrance to the building is on 9th St NW)
    Washington, D.C. 20004

    There is a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001) for $249 per night available on a first-come basis.. 

    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Washington, DC/Downtown
    500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown
    815 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

    Kimpton Hotel Monaco
    700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

    Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
    999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Washington Marriott at Metro Center
    775 12th Street NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20005

  • Agenda

    The Summit will convene leaders from across sectors -- practitioners, researchers, policymakers, advocacy groups, youth, funders, and more -- to boldly rethink the middle grades based on the science of early adolescence and body of research to date on middle schools. Prior to the Summit, attendees will receive a set of working papers compiling evidence in four broad domains to serve as a foundation: (1) early adolescence development; (2) climate, culture, and community; (3) teaching and learning; and (4) leadership and early adolescence.

    The Summit will feature a few talks and panels, though the majority of the time will focus on participants actively reshaping the possibilities for what the middle grades can look like to optimize early adolescent learning and development, alongside building a shared national vision for shifting the narrative of middle school to a more positive one. 


    Read the Summit Overview here and agenda below.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    10:00 - 10:30a Reception & Networking
    10:30 - 10:45a A Running Start...
    10:45 - 11:00a The Case for Why... and Why Now?
    11:00 - 11:45a Ear to the Ground: Student & Practitioner Voices
    11:45a - 12:30p Just the Facts Ma'am: What the Science Tells Us
    12:30 - 1:15p Eat, Drink, Connect
    1:15 - 2:00p Inspire Me: Actual Proves Possible
    2:00 - 4:45p Taking Aim: Where to Focus Our Energies?
    4:45 - 5:15p Wrap-Up
    5:15 - 6:00p Reception


    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    8:00 - 8:30a Breakfast & Welcome Back
    8:30 - 9:15p Naming (the Challenge) & Reframing (the Opportunity)
    9:15 - 11:00a Building Solutions
    11:00a - 12:00p Making Commitments: Where Do We Go From Here?


  • Speakers & Facilitators
  • Remaking Middle School Working Paper Series

    The Remaking Middle School Working Papers Series was commissioned to synthesize existing knowledge and evidence on dimensions relevant to the task of optimizing young adolescent learning. Each paper offers a compilation of literature related to a topic with a keen focus on the developmental needs of young adolescents. The research, practices, and themes noted in the series are intended to serve as a foundation from which to re-envision the middle school experience.

    The Remaking Middle School Working Paper series consists of papers produced all or in part by individuals associated with the University of Virginia Youth-Nex Center. All papers are considered to be drafts, and have not been peer reviewed.  As such, working papers should not be quoted, cited, or circulated at this time without permission by the authors. Copyright for all working papers remains with the authors of the work.

    WORKING PAPER 1 | Young Adolescent Development
    Joanna Lee Williams, Lauren C. Mims, & Haley E. Johnson

    WORKING PAPER 2 | Climate, Culture & Community: Building A Positive School Climate for Young Adolescents
    Katrina Debnam & Jessika Bottiani

    WORKING PAPER 3 | Optimizing Teaching and Learning in the Middle Grades
    Penny A. Bishop & John M. Downes

    WORKING PAPER 4 | Leading for Young Adolescent Development: Prioritizing What We Know Matters
    Coby Meyers, Karen Sanzo, & Julia Taylor

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