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It Takes a Village: Rethinking How We Engage Families

It Takes a Village: Rethinking How We Engage Families

A fall festival reaches out to involve parents and the community.

Middle school is a period of transition and a critical phase of growth and development; therefore, a welcoming, positive learning environment in which students enjoy school and make positive connections with others is...
Author: Selena Blankenship, Meagan Nix, Gayle Andrews, Kathy Thompson
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Holidays Are Stressful for Middle Schoolers, Too

According to the National Association of Health Education Centers, the chief stressor for students ages 9-13 is school. No middle grades educator is surprised by this, given the factors involved in a student's school...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is proud to recognize middle level students every year, in every state, for helping their communities through volunteer service. The Association for Middle Level Education is...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Communication

Recently, I spotted this utility marker in the middle of the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The word “COMMUNICATION” was pressed in the center ages ago, and the marker itself has remained fixed in that spot...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Improving Collaboration

Improving Collaboration

Strong family-school collaboration can help all students succeed.

Decades of research confirms that positive parental involvement is critical for students’ success in school, and federal policy mandates effective programs at all school levels; however, parent involvement often...
Author: Darcy J. Hutchins
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Empathetic Consciousness

­­If there is one adolescent trait that I value and quite frankly bet on every time, it is that adolescents are among the most resilient creatures on earth. This resilience is catalytic in their growth, and in helping...
Author: Jeffrey Rothstein
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Weaving STEM, Exploration, and Community Service

There is an epidemic plaguing our country. It's creeping through our communities and into many of our schools. It's not the flu. It's the number of young people who are dropping out of school at alarming rates,...
Author: Alyssa Hawkins and Scott Richardson
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Bringing Learning to Life Through Service

Bringing Learning to Life Through Service

Society faces pressing problems on many fronts today. Economic crises mean more families require assistance to meet basic needs, environmental degradation contributes to natural disasters, and disparities in...
Author: Jim Kielsmeier
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What's Best for Kids? Tips for Parents

The first tip is thinking ahead... One of our best tools as parents is being prepared. As your son or daughter gets to the middle school years, get ready for at least occasional conflicts. Think through what is truly...
Author: Judith Baenen
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Parent Perceptions and Recommendations about Homework Involving Wikis and Blogs

Middle grades parents share their views of online homework assignments.

Homework is an important way for teachers to develop relationships with their students' parents and other caregivers. The learning activities teachers assign for homework provide parents a window into the content and...
Author: Christine A. Portier, Shelley Stagg Peterson, Zelia Capitao-Tavares, & Kamla Rambaran
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