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Middle School Matters!

Middle School Matters!

When a whole school district decides to make middle level education a priority, amazing things happen

The relatively low priority for middle level education is a nearly universal condition particularly well known to those engaged in educating young adolescents. These passionate educators are committed to pouring...
Author: Andrew Maxey
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It's Worth Getting Up to Speed on School Law

It's Worth Getting Up to Speed on School Law

Knowing laws that affect educators can clarify rights and responsibilities and minimize negative consequences

A few years ago, a colleague of mine at a local middle school lamented that he had to stop being a volunteer leader for his church's youth group. When I asked him why, he said he had heard someone on talk radio say...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Effective School Leadership: Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

Effective School Leadership: Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

Being a good leader means taking time for personal reflection

All effective middle school leaders take the time to reflect. In addition to purposeful reflection, the strongest kind of leader will also question themselves, explore their thoughts, and assess their actions in an...
Author: James Davis
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Is Your School Schedule Flexible?

Is Your School Schedule Flexible?

Flexible organizational structures place the locus of control in the hands of teachers

Early leaders of the middle school concept established the goal of flexible organizational structures. But what is flexibility? The answer might include The utilization of opportunities to make change The...
Author: Elliott Merenbloom
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Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology

Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology

Understanding the middle school learner as the basis for implementing a district-wide digital transformation

In December 2015, the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education approved the superintendent's strategic plan, a broadly ambitious plan that prioritized capital improvements, human resources, and curriculum and...
Author: Andrew Maxey, Elizabeth Hancock
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Building Relationships with Students: It Isn't Just for Teachers

Building Relationships with Students: It Isn't Just for Teachers

Five principals share three keys to building principal-student relationships

The golden rule of middle school: Build relationships with your students. This claim is supported by the Association for Middle Level Education (NMSA, 2010), as they describe a successful middle school as "an...
Author: Marsha Sowell
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Curriculum is Not the Answer

Curriculum is Not the Answer

It's about the people who bring learning to life

Ok, so before you start freaking out and telling me how important curriculum is in a school, let me preface this whole article by saying that yes, curriculum is a very important part of a school's program. The purpose...
Author: Peter Crable
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Becoming a Restorative Practices School

Becoming a Restorative Practices School

How one school created a culture focused on improving student behavior

Background For many years educators have used punishment, or fear of punishment, as the primary deterrent to student misconduct. We have tried zero tolerance, excessive use of in-school suspension (ISS) and out of...
Author: Kenneth Cummings
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Diagonal Alignment

Diagonal Alignment

A tool to integrate basic skills across the curriculum

In working with teachers on integration and differentiation, there are a few obstacles that are prevalent in almost every group. Logistics in implementing this approach in a system that is currently used is a common...
Author: Norm Potter
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It's Time to Go "Google"

It's Time to Go "Google"

Creating a school culture that champions innovation, rewards teamwork, and values feedback

As a building principal whose days are filled with countless observations, emails, and student interactions, it's easy to forget that there really is a world outside of my wonderful middle school. Over the last...
Author: Chris Iasiello
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