NextUp is a coordinated middle grades out-of-school time initiative in Richmond, and partners closely with Higher Achievement. Current sites are located at Henderson & Boushall Middle Schools. Bridging Richmond provides all of the data services to NextUp, including professional development and data dashboard management. Learn more about NextUp.
Also in the middle school space, Bridging Richmond convened regional educators and community service providers for two middle school summits in 2013 to prioritize regional needs in the middle school space. The importance of relationships between youth and caring adults, within and beyond the school day, was consistently forwarded as critical to youth learning and development.
Additionally, several districts want to form a learning network to increase middle schools receiving the Schools to Watch distinction. While this project not in the top three priorities regionally, it will proceed in some districts. As new priorities emerge and partners identify middle school as a top priority, Bridging Richmond will be prepared to convene a network to improve middle school outcomes regionally. In the meantime, we are grateful for the work of our middle school partners and community organizations.