Gordon Vars

Born February 10, 1923

In 1941, went into Basic Training for the army. 

In 1946 completed an independent study which showed that very little of the very little of the innovative curricula that was once brought about by the Progressive Education Association was still being implemented. 

Shortly after 1948, he enrolled at Ohio State University to receive his Master's of Science Education.

In 1949 he graduated and became a core teacher at Bel-Air Junior and Senior High School. 

In 1953 worked on initiative to create the National Middle School Association.

Throughout the '60's, '70's, and '80s he became one of the most respected leaders in the middle school education.

February 2, 2012 Gordon Vars, a legacy to the middle school philosophy, passed away. 

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James Beane

Professor at National Louis University

School reform coach at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin

Lectures at national and international conferences about best practices for middle level education

Has authored, co-authored and edited many books in regards middle grades education.

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