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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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Parents' Relationships and Involvement: Effects on Students' School Engagement and Performance

This study focused on parents' relationships and involvement in their children's lives and the effects on the students' school engagement and school performance. The study used the Wave I data from the National...
Author: Yun Mo, Kusum Singh
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Make Food Drives Come Alive!

Clever sculptures created from canned goods greeted folks on the walkway from the Providence, RI Convention Center to the Providence Place Mall. Angry Birds scowled at passersby, while a lobster attempted to escape...
Author: Jill Spencer
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Toot Your Horn: It's a Matter of Survival

Toot Your Horn: It's a Matter of Survival

Good community relations and high quality learning are hallmarks of school success. But with the increased competition from charter schools and private schools, public schools can no longer rely on their...
Author: John C. Murtha
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Build a Productive Parent-Teacher Team

The last United States Census reported that young adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in the care of someone other than their parents. Couple this with adolescents' growing need for independence, and...
Author: Joe Bruzzese
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The Neighborhood STEM School: Creating a Better World

The Neighborhood STEM School: Creating a Better World

How will you make the world better? This question challenges every member of the Preston Middle School community and serves as the foundation for everything we do. Preston Middle School is a school of science,...
Author: Tracey Winey and John Howe
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Differentiating Student Leadership

Many of us have unwaveringly embraced the philosophy of differentiation. We differentiate instruction according to student readiness, interest, and preference. But what about the other parts of a young...
Author: Jeffrey Rothstein
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Civic Literacy: Civic Engagement and Summer Leadership Camps

Civic Literacy: Civic Engagement and Summer Leadership Camps

Today’s students need more than strong academic skills to be successful in the 21st century. To shape their future and the future of our global society, they also need strong leadership skills and a sense...
Author: Sherman Elliott
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Building the Bridge to Middle School

Building the Bridge to Middle School

What do you remember from your middle school or junior high days? Your test scores? Your grades? Probably not. You are more likely to remember special occasions and events that made a particularly positive...
Author: Elyse Daniel, Tom Grudowski, and Philip Brown
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