Education Experts Discuss Easing the Transition from Middle to High School

Friday, March 15, 2013

On March 21, the UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition and Watson College of Education Outreach Alliance will host "Easing the Student Transition from Middle School to High School, "a free roundtable discussion for all.

Transition specialists, representatives from area high schools and middle schools and other interested individuals are invited to attend the discussion from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 21in the UNCW Education Building, room 162. Participants will have an opportunity to share information about programs offered at your school/district and learn about approaches other schools/districts are taking to help students succeed in high school.

Robert Smith and Janna Robertson, faculty members from the WCE Instruction Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education Department, will moderate discussion on a variety of topics including:

  1. What programs are in place in area high schools for incoming freshmen? How are students selected for these programs?
  2. What are schools doing to ensure students are academically prepared for English I/Algebra I?
  3. How are schools solving the skills gap and/or teaching academic and behavioral resiliency skills?
  4. How do high schools collaborate with feeder middle schools?
  5. What type of outreach/orientation programs are offered to incoming freshmen?
  6. What type of outreach/orientation/communication programs are in place for parents?
  7. How do you promote student engagement? (i.e., Through mentoring, participation in sports or extracurricular activities, service-based learning programs, other)
  8. Do you offer bridge programs or summer/middle school interventions to help students succeed?

Please direct questions to Deloris Rhodes at x27256 ( or John Shannon ( To register please use the survey below: or contact