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Time for Vitamin C: Let's Get Critical in the Middle Grades!

Time for Vitamin C: Let's Get Critical in the Middle Grades!

How Will You Share Our Critical Story?

Now we begin an exciting journey with the letter C, which is one of the most important letters in the world of middle level education. From the shape of it, it resembles an opening, a welcoming place, a safe...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Adolescents: Celebrating & Meeting Their Characteristics Every Day

Adolescents: Celebrating & Meeting Their Characteristics Every Day

All in for Middle Level Education Month!

You can't write an ABCs blog about middle level education with the letter A and not write about Adolescents. Not only are they the reason why we celebrate Middle Level Education Month in March, but they are the main...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Appreciation: A Post-Valentine Declaration!

Appreciation: A Post-Valentine Declaration!

Appreciative Things to do and My Appreciation List

Now that Valentine's Day is behind us, let's talk honestly about love and appreciation. The most important part of Valentine's Day is about what you do after Valentine's Day. It's about how you show your appreciation...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Closing the Access Gap in the Middle Grades

Closing the Access Gap in the Middle Grades

What We Should Do So All Students Succeed

Access: Why would we look at middle level education through the lens of access? What effect does access have on specific stakeholders—including ourselves? How does access (or lack thereof) affect teaching and...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Providing Leadership and a Structure of Support

Providing Leadership and a Structure of Support

Administrators' advice for districtwide leadership.

When we think of the work that goes into helping schools thrive and be the centers of achievement and support for our students, we often think of the exceptional work of the people with direct, daily contact with...
Author: Derek McCoy, Tina Mashburn
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Advocacy and Agency in the Middle Grades!

Advocacy and Agency in the Middle Grades!

The Invisible Elevator in Your School, and How to Make it Work

This week, we're checking out Advocacy and Agency in the middle grades. Normally in this blog, we focus on one word at a time, but I'm going to break that rule and offer up a 2 for 1 special. A buy 1 get 1 free. A...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Six Final Essential B Words for the Middle Grades

Six Final Essential B Words for the Middle Grades

And Say Hello to the Letter A for Amazing Middle Grades!

We've checked out several B words that relate to the marvelous, magnificent middle grades, but before we bid adieu to this letter, here's a list of other B words that are worth our time and consideration. What's on...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Dropping the Needle on the B-Side for the Middle Grades

Dropping the Needle on the B-Side for the Middle Grades

For the Record. For Every Student We Serve.

When I was in college, I was a radio DJ at WXJM 88.7FM—although only a handful of listeners would know. I worked the timeslots that felt like the air was made of stars and caffeine: 1am-3am and 6am-8am. During...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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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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Bullying: What's Your Story and So What?

Bullying: What's Your Story and So What?

4 Ideas to Consider 4 Change

Why does bullying have such a powerful link to the middle grades? How do we begin to unravel this one? I think understanding bullying and why it has such a powerful link to the middle grades starts by reflecting on...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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