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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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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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Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Four ways educators can lean into discomfort

To get from Reno to Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada, a school official had to drive me up 6,500 feet of steep, narrow roads lined with snow banks. The air thinned as we ascended above the clouds, so...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Tools for rehearsing responses to expressions of bias and racism in ourselves and others

Martin Luther King, Jr reminds us that, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Magic in the Classroom

Magic in the Classroom

The power of reflections and experiences for a professor returning to the classroom

At last year's AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, I was surrounded by passionate, knowledgeable preservice and inservice teachers, veteran and new administrators, and early career and retired...
Author: Nancy Ruppert
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MythBusters: Teacher Leader Edition

MythBusters: Teacher Leader Edition

Advocating for this important role in education

Myths come in all shapes and sizes, from UFOs in Roswell and Elvis in Vegas, to whether a tomato belongs in the fruit or vegetable section of a market. Yet, most unexplained phenomena are straightforward; you either...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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Leadership – A Journey

In 2015 I attended a leadership training with Tony Robbins. It was a rare experience that changed both my lens on leadership and my personal life. The four days of 10-14 hours per day were high energy and filled with...
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Topics: Leadership
Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Making Middle School Philosophy Work: Philosophy vs Mindset

Educators' mindsets make it possible to move a philosophy forward

What is middle school philosophy and how does it compare with or differ from a middle school mindset? A philosophy can be summarized as a system of principles used to guide one's practices; whereas a mindset can be...
Author: Sandy Cameli
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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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Topics: Leadership
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