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Professional Learning through Cross-Pollination!

Professional Learning through Cross-Pollination!

5 Ways to Create Buzzworthy PD

Spring is in the air. Trees are beginning to bud. Flowers are starting to blossom. And bees are doing their critical work among us, which makes me think about cross-pollination and how it connects with improving...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Courageous Construction in the Middle Grades!

Courageous Construction in the Middle Grades!

7 Questions & Actions to Build Great Teaching, Learning, and Leading

Put your hard hats on and grab your tool belts, people. It's time to discuss construction in the critical middle grades. As a middle school and high school teacher, I always believed that learning happens as a...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The 4 New 22nd Century Cs for Education!

The 4 New 22nd Century Cs for Education!

Are Your Students Ready for the 22nd Century?

The four new 22nd Century Cs are here everyone, so buckle up. Get your mental crockpots ready to add these ingredients to the recipe. They are fresh. They are ready. They are now. And they mean no disrespect to the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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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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