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What Can Middle Level Leaders Learn from the Student Experience?

As a central office administrator, I valued time in schools talking informally with students. One year I went to a school every Tuesday to assist with student supervision while teachers met in professional groups....
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Developing a School Vision: What Utensils Do You Use?

Many people have a misconception that administrators are the only definitive leaders in a school, and while they do hold degrees in leadership, they do not hold sole possession of the trait itself. Rather, in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Leadership Lessons to Help Middle Schools Blossom and Grow

It's finally spring—and time for blossoming, growing, flourishing, and mulch. That's right, mulch. For anyone unaware of the joys of mulch, mulch comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and you can buy it in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

A great schedule helps both students and teachers grow and learn

Having worked as a middle school administrator and math teacher in school operations in several states and multiple schools for many years, I have seen my share of middle school schedules. As a presenter and workshop...
Author: Derek McCoy
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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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