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Masked Leadership

Masked Leadership

Five things to help middle school leaders to stay positive and supported

During your career as an educator, you had many discussions with different stakeholders about changing the face of education. You also had multiple sessions about ridding your students of the high-stakes, standardized...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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Topics: Leadership
Middle School: A Critical Moment

Middle School: A Critical Moment

Ensuring students’ social-emotional needs are met

As we head into the seventh month of the epidemic, with return to school buildings being delayed across the United States, middle school students face ever increasing social-emotional and academic challenges. With...
Sudden Shift: Reflections on Online Learning

Sudden Shift: Reflections on Online Learning

Lessons learned about humanity, what’s essential, and being prepared

Managing the shift to online instruction at the outset of a pandemic brings to mind the truth that we can hardly call this a “shift.” It was more of a drastic change and philosophical realignment in...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
Number of views (1250)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Lessons Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching

Lessons Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching

The power of connection, communication, and a little grace

In mid-March 2020, like many other educators across the United States and around the world, I shifted to emergency remote teaching due to the global pandemic. During the first few weeks I was trying to figure out...
Author: Kasey Short
Number of views (1115)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

What Will Middle Schoolers Need When School Reopens?

Four things for educators to consider in support of students

We’re five months into the pandemic and still dealing with many unknowns. We are dealing with whether school will be virtual, face-to-face, or a blend of both, and we don’t yet know the long-term toll...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC
Number of views (4091)/Comments (0)/
E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

E-Learning: Post Pandemic Teaching

The effects of a monumental shift in the model of schooling

Can you feel it? It’s an educational paradigm shift. Every few years there is a shift in educational philosophy and pedagogy that take the field of education by storm. The COVID-19 pandemic may very well...
Author: Michele Schuler
Number of views (1118)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Middle School Reopening Strategies

Middle School Reopening Strategies

Ideas from a Canadian school on safe school opening this fall

As school districts across the United States and Canada develop guidelines for school opening this fall, there will be varying strategies required. Most school districts are considering one of three potential...
Author: Bill Garner
Number of views (1759)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Leadership
Zooming In on Middle School Teachers

Zooming In on Middle School Teachers

Teaching Remotely

Read about burnout, back-up plans, and the surprisingly sweet moments of connection teachers have experienced firsthand in our “Zooming In” interview series. In this series, four teachers share their...
Author: AMLE
Number of views (3835)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Suggestions and considerations for principals

As educational leaders look to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the only thing for sure is the uncertainty of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. How school opens will largely be based on the situation in...
Author: David Straffon, Elliot Y. Merenbloom
Number of views (2928)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Leadership
Equity, Webcams, and More

Equity, Webcams, and More

Consider the connection to equity when asking or requiring students to have their cameras on

Sustainably and systemically focusing on equity (everyone gets what they need), diversity (the combination of people of different backgrounds), inclusion (everyone is invited in and feels they belong), and justice...
Author: Jen Cort
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