The Middle Grades Network recognizes the unique needs of gifted middle grades learners and educators. Middle school is the level at which gifted students face great challenges to full development of their potential and is a time when a large number of gifted students, particularly girls and minority students, begin to underachieve in response to perceived societal and peer pressures. The Network recognizes the need to develop appropriate strategies for working with these students. To address these concerns, the Network works in the areas of curriculum, instruction, research, and communication and dissemination, to assist students, teachers, and administrators as they endeavor to make the middle school years a positive and challenging experience for gifted students.
Christine Deitz, Convention Program Chair, University of Arkansas at Little Rock