It is no secret that middle school plays a key role in students' success in high school and beyond, but less well known is how innovative teacher-leaders use a strategy called vertical teaming to help young adolescents make that transition. This is the story of how one district in upstate New York used vertical teams to smooth the transition from the middle to high school, and in the process, improved students’ overall academic achievement and the district’s on-time graduation rates.
Schlosser, Linda (2015). "Transition by Design: The Power of Vertical Teams." AMLE Magazine 2.8, 18-20.
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Article published in AMLE Magazine in April 2015, and also available on the publisher's webpage.