Schools That Work Hood River Middle School
Hood River, OR
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.
When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.
An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
Connecting learning to students’ surroundings—the buildings, the landscape—covers content goals and builds community pride.
Experts abound in every community, and these engineers, chefs, etc. can be an authentic audience for student work.
Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.
"All I needed during middle school was to feel a part of something, and connecting to my community brought me that." -- Grace Whitmore, Hood River Middle School alumna
Turn your school into a community hub by making your facilities publicly available, letting your community know about it, and creating partnerships with those who rent your school spaces.
At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.
At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.