Fostering a Positive School Culture
Transitions: Coordinating Successful Student Transitions from Middle to High School
November 8, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Speaker: Ted Hall, M.Ed., Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership, Portland, ME, AthenaK12 Speaker
The transition from middle school to high school is both an exciting and challenging time for students and parents, particularly for those students who have had unsuccessful school experiences or do not have the support at home that facilitates success. Coordinated efforts between middle schools and high schools that focus specifically on the social and emotional needs of students transitioning to high school will result in a more successful entry into the new school. When both the sending and receiving schools take a perspective that is student-centered, students will be better prepared to be successful in their new school. It is a critical component of the transition process that all students and parents are engaged in their new school in a timely manner. Sample transition plans, including timelines, will be shared from schools that have been successful in meeting the needs of entering students.
About the Speaker
Edward (Ted) Hall, Jr., MEd, Since 2015, Ted has worked as the Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership in Portland, ME. Prior to that, he held positions as Principal at Yarmouth (ME), Dean of Students and Principal at Souhegan (NH) High School, High School Science Teacher at Wayland (MA), High School and Catalina Foothills (AZ) High School, and Senior Associate, Coalition of Essential Schools. Ted holds his MEd in Science Education and BS in Chemistry from University of Maine and is certified as a Principal in Maine (and formerly in NH). Ted believes that positive relationships are the key to learning for students and adults and his educational interests include leadership coaching, instructional practices, competency-based learning, advisory design and implementation, and student voice/choice. Ted has presented numerous workshops at regional, state, and national level conferences, most recently at the League of Innovative Schools and New England Secondary Schools Consortium meetings, Maine School Management Association conference, the Maine Principals’ Association Fall Conferences, the NEASC Annual Conferences, the State of Idaho Conference on One-to-One Implementation, and Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forums. Ted has Past Board experience as a Founding Board Member in the School Reform Initiative, a Board Member with the Coalition of Essential Schools, and has been Chair, vice-chair, and a member of NEASC accreditation teams. Currently, he serves as Board Chair for Teens to Trails. Ted has co-authored the DC Heath Chemistry Lab Manual, and developed curriculum and writing in the fields of science education, energy education, and computer education for National Science Teachers Association, the National Science Foundation, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, and Human Relations Media.
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