I am a freelance education writer and advocate for school reform. I have been asked by a national foundation that funds disstrictwide middle school reform to assess for them the status of the "standards movement" in the middle grades and the implications of the "standards movement" for middle school reform, especially in urban districts.
I would be very interested in any responses to these questions: (1) What does it take for a middle school to become engaged in "standards-based reform;" (2) What are the challenges of implementing standards-based learning in the middle grades (6-8)? (3) What are the essential ingredients necessary for successful implementation of standards-based reform in the middle grades?; (4) What curriculum packages that reflect math and science standards for middle grades classrooms are currently available? (5) What other resources - for professional development, restructuring grants, technical assistance, etc. - have been useful to your school in implementing standards? (6) What will your eighth graders completing a standards-based curriculum know and be able to do that is different/better from what they were knowing and doing before and how do you know?
I am also interested in your assessment of current access of students - by "ability" level, race and ethnicity, and geography - to standards-based curriculum.
Can you help? If you prefer the U.S. Postal Service, I am Anne Wheelock, 18 Cranston Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-1850. Thanks, Anne Wheelock
Anne Wheelock firstname.lastname@example.org Boston, Massachusetts, USA