Keep teachers, students together to improve middle schools:

06/23/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Significantly reducing the size of middle schools in the Los Angeles district may not be the most appropriate means for addressing student needs, writes Jaana Juvonen, a UCLA professor who chairs her school's developmental psychology program. Noting that "downsizing is a long and expensive process," Juvonen suggests rethinking middle school "from the ground up," adding: "Developmental psychologists know that sixth- to eighth-grade students are emotionally better off ... in stable situations. All of this means that a simple and cost-effective way to improve middle school is to keep the same teacher for each subject across more than one year."

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