2016 Middle Grades Institute

What will you be doing this summer for professional development?

2016 middle grades institute

Join middle school educators from around Vermont for a week of intensive PD specific to the challenges and triumphs of educating young adolescents. The 2016 Middle Grades Institute will run Monday, June 27 through 5pm Friday, July 1 at Castleton University in Castleton Vermont. Accommodations are provided in the cost of registration, but residency is not mandatory.

It’s like summer camp, but for adults and you get support with teaching middle grades students.

  • Isn't it great to have time set aside to reflect on your practice?
  • Start the day off right with 300 of your new closest friends!
  • MGI presents educators with a chance to wear their "dedicated learner" hats.
  • It's all fun n' games til someone changes the face of middle grades education as we know it.
  • Spend time with good friends!
  • Get individual instruction from educators as you design school change.


The Institute will offer eight different strands under the theme of Flexible Pathways for Young Adults.

The eight strands are:

  1. Middle Grades Organization
  2. Middle Grades Curriculum
  3. Embedded Literacy in Middle Grades
  4. Brain-Based Education for Young Adolescents
  5. Middle School is Not a Building
  6. Middle Grades Learners and Technology
  7. Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades
  8. Flexible Pathways for the Middle Grades

You can find out more about the eight different strands here. Participating in the Middle Grades Institute also provides you with the option of earning graduate credit.

Why attend MGI?

Hear from educators around Vermont who attended last year’s Institute:

The Middle Grades Institute is hosted by the Middle Grades Collaborative, a partnership between the Tarrant Institute and faculty at Saint Michael’s College, Johnston State College and Castleton University.

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