Turning Points 2000 Design Elements
"Ensure Success for Every Student"
This We Believe Characteristics
1. Teaching a curriculum grounded in standards, relevant to adolescents' concerns, and based on how students learn best; and use a mix of assessment methods.

2. Use Instructional methods that prepare all students to achieve high standards.

3. Organize relationships for learning.

4. Govern democratically, involving all school staff members.

5. Staff middle grades schools with teachers who are expert at teaching young adolescents, and engage teachers in ongoing professional development.

6. Provide a safe and healthy school environment.

7. Involved parents and communities in supporting student learning and healthy development.

National Middle School Association BELIEVES.....

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • (A) Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them. Value Young Adolescents
  • (B) Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning. Active Learning
  • (C) Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. Challenging Curriculum
  • (D) Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches. Multiple Learning Approaches
  • (E) Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it. Varied Assessments


Leadership and Organization
  • (F) A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision. Shared Vision
  • (G) Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational research, and best practices. Committed Leaders
  • (H) Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration. Courageous & Collaborative Leaders
  • ( I) Ongoing professional development reflects best educational practices. Professional Development
  • (J) Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships. Organizational Structures


Culture and Community
  • (K) The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all. School Environment
  • (L) Every student’s academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate. Adult Advocate
  • (M) Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of Adolescents. Guidance Service
  • (N) Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies. Health & Wellness
  • (O) The school actively involves families in the education of their children. Family Involvement
  • (P) The school includes community and business partners. Community & Business


Conclusion: Turning Points seems to share many of the same components in This We Believe, in a more condensed form. When comparing the two texts, it seems as if you can separate the elements of Turning Points, into the facets of This We Believe. In each there is a large focus on a safe and positive environment as well as a relevant and engaging curriculum, and organized leadership.