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George Bush Institute honors Lindale Jr. High during special presentation

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(KYTX) - The George W. Bush Institute will recognize Lindale Junior High School as one of only three U.S. middle schools to receive intensive on-site support throughout the year from some of the nation's leading experts in reading, math and writing instruction and intervention, dropout prevention, data management and advanced reasoning through the institute's Middle School Matters (MSM) program. 

Dr. Gina Rodriguez will make a special presentation to Lindale Junior High School and Lindale Independent School District administration during the school board meeting on Monday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lindale ISD Administration Building located at 505 Pierce Street. 

The George W. Bush Institute announced Tuesday the selection of LJHS as one of the three middle schools among the eight U.S. schools invited to participate in the MSM event held earlier this summer to receive the extensive training.

MSM was held at The University of Texas at Austin and LJHS was chosen from an applicant pool of 44 schools nationwide.

According to the George W. Bush Institute, MSM is a key component of the institute's Education Reform initiative in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin's Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) and is designed to translate proven research into practical applications, with a tiered method of supporting public, private and charter schools and districts.

The selected schools are: Lindale Junior High School of Lindale, Texas; Roosevelt Middle School of Erie, Pennsylvania; and Uplift Mighty Preparatory of Fort Worth, Texas.

As part of its goal to help ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college or a career, the Bush Institute created MSM.

The program builds support models around strategies for schools to use in the middle grades based on the best research available on how to teach students. As Tier III schools, the selected three will receive intensive support in implementing these strategies.

"The MCPER team is excited to begin work with Lindale Junior High, Uplift Mighty Preparatory and Roosevelt Middle School - we have high hopes for them, and we know they're ready to begin the hard work of improving the middle grades experience for their students," says Dr. Saro Mohammed, assistant director of MCPER at The University of Texas at Austin.

"This is why we educators do what we do - we all want students to have meaningful school experiences that adequately prepare them for lifelong success."

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