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Letting Go: How Principals Can Be Better Instructional Leaders

Early one Monday morning in the fall of 2008, I found myself in the office of a middle school principal—a location less frequented now, but still familiar. In the 13 years before I began teaching educational...
Author: Jan Walker
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A School-Wide Read: Creating a Space to Grow

A School-Wide Read: Creating a Space to Grow

Woodrow Middle School* recently underwent a renovation project to its 75-year-old building—a renovation that closed the library for a year and reduced the library's collection to bare essentials. Spurred by the...
Author: Jennifer Wilson and Pamela Jewett
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Honor Roll? Really?

I look at the 16 students in my classroom. On any other day, 35 students would be looking back at me, but today the other 19 are eating cake and being honored at the morning's honor roll assembly. What am I supposed...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Lessons from the A-Team

Lessons from the A-Team

Not long ago, I was fortunate to spend some time with a group of very dedicated middle grades educators at the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) Summer Educators Institute. As the week progressed, we...
Author: Tom Burton
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Toot Your Horn: It's a Matter of Survival

Toot Your Horn: It's a Matter of Survival

Good community relations and high quality learning are hallmarks of school success. But with the increased competition from charter schools and private schools, public schools can no longer rely on their...
Author: John C. Murtha
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Build a Productive Parent-Teacher Team

The last United States Census reported that young adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in the care of someone other than their parents. Couple this with adolescents' growing need for independence, and...
Author: Joe Bruzzese
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New Teacher Induction

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Teacher quality is an important school-level factor in student achievement (Rivkin, Hanushek, & Kain, 2005) and the focus of ongoing effort by policy makers and practitioners to ensure that all students have...
Author: Kathryn L. Martin
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Ready ... Set ... Grow!

Imagine, if you will. . . It is the first week of a new school year, and a group of about 50 middle school teachers is lingering around the library having coffee and catching up after summer vacation. The principal...
Author: Cecily Anderson
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Building and Bragging: Celebrating Your Middle School

Developing relationships with parents and community members is critical to building support for your school. But mailing home a newsletter and making an occasional call to a media outlet isn't nearly enough. Educators...
Author: Randy Jensen
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Sharing the WOW! Tips for Engaging Families

Sharing the WOW! Tips for Engaging Families

What's Wow! about your school? Effective middle level leaders rarely miss an opportunity to connect with families of current and potential students to tell the story of how their middle school positively affects the...
Author: Mike Dietz
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