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Courageous Conversations for Cowards

Courageous Conversations for Cowards

Stop avoiding uncomfortable conversations. Put out an SOS.

This is the information generation. Information about everyone and everything is at our fingertips. New social media sites are created almost daily. Although it seems like we communicate all the time, more often than...
Author: Deborah R. Higdon, Carrie L. Reed
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Leading Learning at  the Middle Level

Leading Learning at the Middle Level

Understanding what makes the middle level different.

As a young child, I frequently made the trip with my parents from our home in Oregon's Willamette Valley to visit relatives in a small town in Washington State. I learned at an early age to recognize that we were...
Author: Patti Kinney
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It Takes Strong Teacher Leadership

It Takes Strong Teacher Leadership

Have you ever heard any of these comments in your middle school? Administration just doesn't have time to help all of us There is so much to be done I don't feel like I'm a part of the vision for my...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Topics: Leadership
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

The Courage It Takes

There’s a great story about General Westmoreland that reminds us what can happen if we are brave with each other. The general was reviewing a line of paratroopers and decided to talk to three of them. "Son,"...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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PD Cyber Café

PD Cyber Café

A challenge teachers face every school year is how to balance their want for professional growth without losing instruction time in the classroom. Often, teachers are left deciding whether to attend professional...
Author: James Brown
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Building School Community by Empowering Students

Building School Community by Empowering Students

The disruptive behavior of some students can be a top concern of middle school teachers, administrators, and parents in many schools. While time is spent considering approaches to decreasing behavioral incidents,...
Author: Stanley Pollack
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Would You Like to Make a Statement?

Would You Like to Make a Statement?

What should school leaders do when a reporter is at their door?

“Hi, this is Larry Jones from XYZ paper and I would like to ask you a few questions about allegations of bullying by teachers at your school.” “Good morning. This is Sarah Brown from station ABC....
Author: Kelly McBride
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Topics: Leadership
Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward

As I reflect on my 25-year career as a middle level administrator, one of the high points was the creation of an alternative learning environment for a group of seventh grade students. Realizing a growth bubble was...
Author: Robert Ruder
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Topics: Leadership
The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons?

The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons?

We want students to remember the positive lessons we teach.

Middle grades educators spend almost all their time and energy dealing with what is taught, the content that is presented in classrooms and courses. This is understandable, given the great attention placed on...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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