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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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The Successful Middle School: This We Believe

The Successful Middle School: This We Believe

An interview with authors Penny Bishop and Lisa Harrison

Middle school educators entering the profession today are seeing a slightly different landscape than the one we had in mind when AMLE last published its foundational position paper, known over the years as This We...
Author: AMLE
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Making Middle School a National Priority

Making Middle School a National Priority

The latest science tells us why now and even how to do it

Many people have ambivalent to negative memories of their own middle school years, although there are exceptions. One of the authors of this article was in an "experimental cluster" within a traditional junior high,...
Author: Jason Cascarino, Nancy Deutsch, Abby Gillespie
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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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Making School Work Right

Making School Work Right

An update on a district-wide transformation of middle level education and technology for learning

In our article titled "Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology," we shared how our district has approached systematic growth by intertwining twin focuses on middle level education and...
Author: Andrew Maxey, Elizabeth Hancock
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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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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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Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Reflections on Teaching and Learning

Educators have a responsibility to guide the moral development of youth

For years I have been concerned over what I view as the seriously truncated understanding of what teaching entails that is now commonly held. Taken hold in most peoples' minds, it seems, is a very narrow and limited...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Making it Work, Making it Meaningful

Making it Work, Making it Meaningful

These elements of the middle school concept need attention and commitment

We have heard it talked about for years and years. The middle school concept was implemented in the early 1990s when I was a teacher in an urban middle school. Traditionally, teachers worked in departments and there...
Author: James Davis
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Changing Our World

How a daily rotating schedule positively impacted the culture of our school

"If you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done." —Anonymous How many of us remember that last class of the day? As students, we all zoned out by that time, and it always...
Author: Liz James
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