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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

Sharing our stories of positive and supportive relationships and healthy school culture

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” --Charles R. Swindoll We all have the power to live happier lives and help other school leaders, educators, and students to do the same. It...
Author: Shanna Speakman-Spickard, Ed.D.
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Leveraging Shared Leadership Teams for Better Learning Initiatives

Leveraging Shared Leadership Teams for Better Learning Initiatives

Including diverse perspectives and avoiding sabotaging your own team

If many hands make light work, many minds make smart work. Bette Manchester headed the nation’s first statewide 1-to-1 learning with technology initiative, an important middle grades learning initiative....
Author: Mike Muir, Ed.D.
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Middle School Matters!

Middle School Matters!

When a whole school district decides to make middle level education a priority, amazing things happen

The relatively low priority for middle level education is a nearly universal condition particularly well known to those engaged in educating young adolescents. These passionate educators are committed to pouring...
Author: Andrew Maxey
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Making School Work Right

Making School Work Right

An update on a district-wide transformation of middle level education and technology for learning

In our article titled "Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology," we shared how our district has approached systematic growth by intertwining twin focuses on middle level education and...
Author: Andrew Maxey, Elizabeth Hancock
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Is It Working in Your Middle School?

The following is an excerpt from the newly released book titled Is It Working in Your Middle School? I highly encourage any middle level educator to access the book and use it as tool for ensuring the success of any...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Topics: Leadership
Embracing the Journey: Five Leadership Principles

Embracing the Journey: Five Leadership Principles

Bringing effective leadership to a new school in Luxembourg.

When Atert-Lycèe Redange, a middle-secondary school in Luxembourg, opened its doors in 2008 to 360 students, Claude Boever's dream became a reality. Today, the school serves 1,200 students on a pristine campus...
Author: Michael Chirichello
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Going Online to Improve Student Achievement

Going Online to Improve Student Achievement

Leveraging technology helped get students back into class and on track.

In a perfect world, school districts would be able to purchase and implement as many resources and as much technology as necessary to help students achieve. However, factors such as budgets and staffing often get in...
Author: Mary Slaughter, Connie Shubert, Brenda Dix
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Valuing the Conversations

Valuing the Conversations

A principal's informal conversations helped guide a school's priorities

I began my tenure as principal at West Rowan Middle School in the Rowan-Salisbury School District in July 2015. As a newly hired principal, I maintain a keen focus on the school goals in our school improvement plan...
Author: Derek L. McCoy
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Five Stepping Stones to School Success

Five Stepping Stones to School Success

Educators are empowered by developing common goals and language together

The room was getting hot. The matter at hand was even hotter. Seventeen of our schools had plummeted to the lowest performance level allowed by the state. In short, they were failing and we had to come up with a...
Author: Cedrick Gray
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Topics: Leadership
Your Class and School Improvement: Plotting it Out

Your Class and School Improvement: Plotting it Out

As we begin to draw the curtain on another school year, many of us take time to rest, to reflect, and to read—books we didn’t have time to check out all year, novels that we heard about but couldn’t...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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