Welcome to Middle Grades Institute 2016! 

Thanks for joining over 120 educators for our 23rd year of improving learning for young adolescents. This year’s theme of Flexible Pathways for Young Adolescents stems from knowing the nature and needs of this age group 
and from Vermont’s recent adoption of Act 77 - creating Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs), Proficiency Based Learning and Flexible Pathways for all middle and high school students. We invite you to immerse yourself in learning through Town Meeting, Team Time, Fostering Relationships, small group discussions, one-on-one consultations, and visiting students. 

This website provides the resources for our learning for this week and beyond.

Discover Castleton Challenge

Learning at MGI

To demonstrate strong middle level teaching practice, the faculty at MGI will model the educational structure, inquiry based pedagogy, and learner center instruction that we hope all middle level teachers will embrace for the 21st century. 

There are three primary learning outcomes for MGI. Participants are expected to:

  1. Engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate their practice, particularly the effects of their choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.

  2. Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

  3. Design an action research project that investigates an educational issue in your classroom, at your school or in your community.

Facilitated Module Sessions 
  • Intro to flexible pathways (Lindsay at 10:30-11:30 Stafford Hall 130)
  • Designing PLPs (Life at 9:45-10:30 at Stafford Hall 130)
  • Project Based Learning (Katy at 3:00-4:00 Stafford Hall 130)