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Building Bridges to the Past

Building Bridges to the Past

Oral history project engages students and builds family and community connections

Using a microfilm machine for the first time… Watching a local news broadcast from the mid-nineties about the Blizzard of '93... Holding an authentic newspaper from 1941… Facetiming across the Pacific...
Author: Joe Welch, Vicki Truchan
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What to Do When a Parent Is Incarcerated

What to Do When a Parent Is Incarcerated

New information helps educators understand how to work with students

In the August 2011 issue of Middle Ground, I encouraged teachers to be proactive with students whose parents are in jail or prison. I provided a brief overview of the perceived academic disadvantages for children of...
Author: Megan Sullivan
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Tags: Guidance
No More Fears and Tears: Transitioning to Middle School

No More Fears and Tears: Transitioning to Middle School

Building a multifaceted plan makes the difference

"I'm nervous about forgetting my locker combination." "I'm worried about getting lost." "I'm nervous about keeping track of my schedule and having more homework." "What if my child no longer hugs me as she steps off...
Author: Jennifer Smith
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Taking a Strengths-Based Perspective

Taking a Strengths-Based Perspective

Helping children with disabilities by supporting families

In my first years as a special education teacher, I taught a sixth grade student with Down Syndrome to tie her shoes. When her parent came to pick her up one afternoon, the student and I shared the good news. The...
Author: Danielle Mizuta
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Home Supports and Routines for Middle School Success

Home Supports and Routines for Middle School Success

As a lifelong educator, I have realized that implementing some consistent structures and routines at home with my own children have significantly contributed to their success as students. In talking with many of the...
Author: Norman Edwards
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Differentiation for Families

How developing a Dream Team can promote student success

Many years ago, after a meeting about a student with the child's grandmother, I realized the short-sightedness of my communication salutation, "Dear Parents." At the time, I switched it to "Dear Families," but lately,...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Student Leadership Program Announces 50 Team Winners

Student Leadership Program Announces 50 Team Winners

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program announces 50 team winners from middle and high schools across the country in the fifth annual Lead2Feed Student Leadership Challenge. Five grand prize recipients were awarded...
Author: Lead2Feed
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Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

Students develop as leaders and advocates for positive change.

In 2012, I incorporated the Lead2Feed Student Leadership program into my classes because of its focus on leadership and service learning. In 2016, I decided to use Lead2Feed as the curriculum during our enrichment...
Author: Suzie Melton
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Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program – Building Future Leaders Through Service

Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program – Building Future Leaders Through Service

Three middle level educators share their results

As a middle level educator, I understand the importance of standards-based grading to assess cognitive skills, however, I wanted to ensure that my students develop strong non-cognitive skills so they can be successful...
Author: Lead2Feed
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You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

You're Doing What? Keeping Parents Informed about New Initiatives

Four questions to consider when communicating with parents

Schools and school systems have to work hard to balance the needs of creating student-centered learning environments, leading efforts to shift teacher mindsets and skills, and understanding and implementing efforts to...
Author: Derek L. McCoy, Norman Edwards
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