Remaking Middle School Initiative


With powerful research on positive youth development, Youth-Nex is seeking to ignite conversation, action, and a movement to re-envision and remake the middle school experience in a way that recognizes the strengths of all young adolescents. Middle school can both reflect the developmental changes that youth experience—and reinforce their strengths; autonomy, creative thinking, innovation, and activism, to name a few. 

The Remaking Middle School Initiative will: (1) unite key stakeholders from across the education field to promote changes to practice and policy that help realize the promise of middle school; (2) highlight and disseminate existing research that the education field can use to ensure middle school better aligns with our youths’ develop; and (3) establish the conditions for the classroom and school building to shape educational experiences that elevate our youths’ strengths. 

To spark the conversation, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)New York Life Foundation, Altria and Youth-Nex partnered to host the Remaking Middle School Summit on February 12-13, 2019 to rally a broad coalition of stakeholders nationally around a new vision and action agenda for young adolescents in the middle grades. Building from an understanding of what young adolescents need, Remaking Middle School Summit participants began to generate solutions to transform the middle grades and build a national vision for shifting the middle school experience to a more positive one for all youth. Learn more about the Remaking Middle School Summit

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Reimagining middle school requires a collective effort—from those in the school building to those in the state legislature. Contact us or sign up for Remaking Middle School updates to learn how you can help transform education for adolescents across the country.

Youth-Nex, The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is a trans-disciplinary center that aims to expand and apply the science of positive youth development to address fundamental challenges facing societies around the world. View the Youth-Nex brochure to learn more.

Launching Remaking Middle School Initiative


Remaking Middle School

UVA’s Youth-Nex research center is taking the lead in a multi-year effort to wholly reimagine and remake what middle school can be.

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