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The Power of Youth Leadership

The Power of Youth Leadership

Effective middle schools ensure all students have opportunities to lead.

Every day, millions of 10- to 15-year-old students walk through the doors of their middle schools with anticipation and great hopes for their future. Some will fall into leadership positions, but something so...
Author: Betty Edwards
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Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

Six effective practices can help teachers help students from poverty succeed.

What bridges the gap between a culture of despair and a future of hope for children who live in poverty? The answer is simple: effective educators who will not settle for mediocrity, who will not accept excuses for...
Author: Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson
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Social Revolution Through Sports

Social Revolution Through Sports

Sports can be a powerful catalyst for breaking down barriers.

In eighth grade, co-author Brian Quinn played on one of his district's ice hockey teams, which included students from different social circles. He was not in one of the "popular" groups at his school, but being a...
Author: Brian Quinn, Betty Edwards
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Using Chants and Cadences to Promote Literacy Across the Curriculum

Chants and cadences engage students in creative writing and critical thinking.

Daniel (a pseudonym) had benefitted greatly from the idea that students can creatively represent their ideas in a content area in ways other than traditional spoken and written responses. He was a preservice...

Successful Strategies for Teaching Reading to Middle Grades English Language Learners

Teachers can employ a variety of classroom-tested strategies to teach reading to English language learners.

Carlos (a pseudonym) moved from Guatemala to the United States when he was in sixth grade. When Carlos started school, his teachers expected him to speak only in English and practice English in his...

"I Feel Like I'm Safe Again:" A Discussion of Middle Grades Organizational Structures from the Perspective of Immigrant Youth and Their Teachers

As the number of immigrants and refugees grows in the United States, the linguistic and cultural diversity that comprises the middle grades classroom continues to increase. Given the need for resources and specific...
Author: Kathleen Brinegar
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Creating an Oasis of Learning for Disadvantaged Students

At first glance, you might assume that Vista Middle School, one of 160 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, can't possibly provide an effective learning environment for its students. Statistics...
Author: Lori Vollandt
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