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Study of the Successes, Pitfalls, and Outcomes of Transition Programs Working Within the Consortium for Public Education

Della Lucia, Eric David (2011) Study of the Successes, Pitfalls, and Outcomes of Transition Programs Working Within the Consortium for Public Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Transition is a concern for children moving from the eighth grade into high school. Students experience difficulty with grades, behavior, and emotional transitions at that juncture in their education. The trend can be observed both across the nation and locally in western Pennsylvania. This paper gives evidence of the national issues that students experience with transition in the review of the literature. Beyond the review, the study focuses upon school districts in Western Pennsylvania that have entered into an organization called the Middle-High Initiative. These districts have done so with the purpose of creating transition programs because of an identified need in this area within their district. The Middle-High Initiative works toward the common purpose of improving middle to high school transition within member school districts. The study documented in this paper highlights varied information concerning member districts of the Middle High Initiative. Included are the demographics of member schools. In addition this paper includes the reasons why school districts became involved in the purpose of easing transition for their youngsters entering the high school, the set of challenges each school faces in transition, and the programs implemented by each district to help ease transition. Finally, the paper documents the ways that each district used their membership in the Middle-High Initiative to help devise and implement strategies to aid in student transition along with the successes and failures in the process.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Della Lucia, Eric
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWerlinich, Josephjwerlini@pitt.eduJWERLINI
Committee MemberMcClure, Maureenmmcclure@pitt.eduMMCCLURE
Committee MemberFurman, Robert
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Date: 1 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 17 March 2011
Approval Date: 1 June 2011
Submission Date: 22 April 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: middle to high school transition; ninth grade academies; transition programs
Other ID:, etd-04222011-121345
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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