The Freshman Transition Network

Working together to transition freshmen & transform schools from the bottom up!

The Ninth Grade Opportunity

The Ninth Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up



By Scott Habeeb, Ray Moore, and Alan Seibert

Recommended Readings

Books by Members of The Network

Great Books for Teachers

Schools with Freshman Transition Programs

Know a school that has a Freshman Transition Program and a website with information about it? Email the link to and it will be added to this list.

Resources for Freshman Transition

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Welcome to the Freshman Transition Network

Welcome to the Freshman Transition Network, a group of educators interested in better transitioning freshmen into high school for the benefit of the freshmen and for the benefit of the entire school. We'd love to have you as a member.

After joining, please introduce yourself by replying to the "Introductions" forum post. Then, to learn more about how to make the most of this network, please click on the "Read 1st" tab.



Started by Scott Habeeb in General Discussion. Last reply by Scott Habeeb Jun 1. 153 Replies

Please tell the other members of the network a little about yourself. Nothing is too short and nothing is too long. Just let us know who we are so we can turn this network into a true community.

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Starting a transition program

Started by Gary Kidd in General Discussion. Last reply by Scott Habeeb May 6, 2014. 4 Replies

Our administrative leadership team is starting the planning process to have a transition program in place beginning in Fall, 2015.  We would appreciate any feedback about successes/landmines than anyone is willing to share as we begin our…Continue

Alternate Name to "Move Up Day"

Started by Beth Kaputa in Inspiring Students. Last reply by stephen owen kitchen Apr 18, 2014. 2 Replies

We are planning a "move up" day for our 8th grade class, but there is a concern that the name "move up" day is both a little old fashioned and also a little childish.  Students have "moved up" in 5th grade already and the transition from middle…Continue

Re-freshing Freshmen

Started by Gary Birdwell in General Discussion. Last reply by Scott Habeeb Feb 14, 2014. 4 Replies

Hi Folks - I have not posted for quite a while.  Here at Urbandale High School we are currently in our 8th year of a 9th Grade House / SLC project.  And, while our results are quite well in general, I feel as if we are hitting kind of a plateau and…Continue


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