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Middle grades educators gather together to work on relationship-based problems of practice that are student-centered and equity-based.

A cohort of Chicago’s public middle schools committed to fostering equitable and supportive environments where middle grades students can thrive

The To&Through Middle Grades Network (MGN) seeks to build the capacity of practitioners to understand the developmental, social-emotional, and non-academic factors critical for student success and to make changes in practice that improve middle grades indicators for success in high school and beyond. 

Practitioners from selected schools participate in customized professional learning and receive dedicated in-school coaching as they engage in a student-centered improvement process grounded in data, research, and the expertise of participating schools.  The ultimate goal of the MGN is to build school capacity and develop best practices for middle grades success that can be implemented district-wide.

As part of the network, schools participate in an 18-month improvement arc that includes four distinct phases:


MGN middle grades network Timeline

MGN Schools

Each MGN cohort is focused on developing and testing solutions related to a centralized problem of practice. After a successful pilot cohort, the MGN has announced its second cohort of schools.

Middle Grades Success Resources

Our collection of middle grades success resources includes guides, research briefs, and professional development activities that are curated or produced by the MGN. The resources are centered around providing educators with research-based knowledge and strategies they need to move the metrics that matter most for middle grades success.