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In the Trenches: Co-teaching as an Administrator

In the Trenches: Co-teaching as an Administrator

Maximizing the opportunity to reconnect in the classroom

The quality of a school’s instructional leadership can have a significant impact on student achievement. Most administrators enter the position with the goal of delivering quality instructional...
Author: Pauline Zdonek
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Administrators... as Classroom Teachers?

Administrators... as Classroom Teachers?

Some considerations about the engagement of administrators in curriculum and instruction

As a teacher for almost ten years, I began my school life with apprehension about administrators entering my classroom. Somewhere along the way, probably following tenure, I began to enjoy frequent visits from...
Author: Jason D. DeHart, Ph.D.
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We Are Family: Comprehensive Leadership in Middle Schools

We Are Family: Comprehensive Leadership in Middle Schools

Leadership and learning for all members of the school community

The middle school concept lends itself to the notion of family. With any family, giving roles and responsibility to each family member increases the family’s connection and productivity. This article will...
Author: LaTasha Adams, Ph.D.
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Leveraging Shared Leadership Teams for Better Learning Initiatives

Leveraging Shared Leadership Teams for Better Learning Initiatives

Including diverse perspectives and avoiding sabotaging your own team

If many hands make light work, many minds make smart work. Bette Manchester headed the nation’s first statewide 1-to-1 learning with technology initiative, an important middle grades learning initiative....
Author: Mike Muir, Ed.D.
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Masked Leadership

Masked Leadership

Five things to help middle school leaders to stay positive and supported

During your career as an educator, you had many discussions with different stakeholders about changing the face of education. You also had multiple sessions about ridding your students of the high-stakes, standardized...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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Topics: Leadership
The Enduring Power of Rituals

The Enduring Power of Rituals

Well-designed rituals encourage student participation and are an important part of school culture

Picture it. Twenty-four Grade 8 students are standing on one side of a creek, high in the Sierra Mountains in Northern California. Water rushes by, melted from the mountains behind them. This is the last day of their...
Author: Chris Balme, Roberto d'Erizans
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Middle School Reopening Strategies

Middle School Reopening Strategies

Ideas from a Canadian school on safe school opening this fall

As school districts across the United States and Canada develop guidelines for school opening this fall, there will be varying strategies required. Most school districts are considering one of three potential...
Author: Bill Garner
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Topics: Leadership
Questions Before Opening Schools

Questions Before Opening Schools

Real issues, realistic solutions

With so many things happening in our world and in our country, now is the time to talk about some of the transformational changes that need to occur within our schools. Each facet of society will need to make changes...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer, Kim Campbell, Dedra Stafford
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A View from the Ground

A View from the Ground

Middle school teachers navigating online teaching in the time of COVID-19

In March 2020, most school districts in the US moved to fully online instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this radical and unprecedented change, middle school teachers have had to adjust to the...
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Ariana Lulli, Gina Ethe, and J. Elisabeth Mesiner
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Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Suggestions and considerations for principals

As educational leaders look to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the only thing for sure is the uncertainty of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. How school opens will largely be based on the situation in...
Author: David Straffon, Elliot Y. Merenbloom
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