I’ve shared a lot of resources over the years about ninth-grade students and the importance of supporting – I’ve spent a lot of time teaching ninth-graders!

I thought it would be useful to bring together some of those resources into one post (let me know what you think I’m missing):

How More Meetings Might Be The Secret To Fixing High School is an NPR piece about a program called BARR that supports ninth-graders. It sounds very similar to what our school and others do with Small Learning Communities, but I need to learn more about their model.

Important Article — “Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School”

Studies: Attendance & Passing Classes More Important Than Test Scores

Study: Ninth-Grade ‘Grades’ Predict Graduation & College Attendance

Some of those posts emphasize, in particular, the importance of Social Emotional Learning Skills.

A new report recently came from the Institute Of Education Sciences making that same point. It’s titled Understanding the role of noncognitive skills and school environments in students’ transitions to high school:

Here’s an excerpt:


New Study Shows Learning About Growth Mindset At Start Of Ninth-Grade Increases Resilience

Ninth grade can be hard. Here’s how to make it easier. appeared in the Houston Chronicle.