One of the areas that makes USD 460 and Hesston Middle School unique is the emphasis on incorporating cooperative learning structures into our daily classroom lessons. We believe that by using structures, student engagement increases and many lifelong skills are developed. As part of our system to ensure proper professional development related to cooperative learning, each of our certified staff members has been trained in Kagan Cooperative Learning. In addition, HMS and the other district schools have "CL Coaching" every two weeks during the school year. This process includes a trained "CL Coach" conducting classroom observations and real-time coaching sessions with each certified staff member in the building on each coaching day. Linked below is a list and description of many of the more common cooperative learning structures you might see at Hesston Middle School.