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Scheduling Time for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Scheduling common planning time is vital to interdisciplinary instruction.

Professional collaboration, an integral part of the middle school concept, is a prerequisite for effective interdisciplinary instruction. When teachers have the opportunity to collaborate during the school day, they...
Author: Elliot Y. Merenbloom, Barbara A. Kalina
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Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide

Building Teacher Collaboration School-wide

Models for teacher collaboration are ineffective without true participation.

Teacher collaboration has been a common element of middle grades initiatives for years, typically one or more of these three organizational models: common planning time, professional learning communities, and critical...
Author: Micki M. Caskey, Jan Carpenter
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Promoting Young Adolescent Readers

Literacy initiatives have led to a steady increase in fourth grade reading scores since 1999, but according to research, the literacy levels of 13- and 17-year-olds have remained static for almost 40 years. Why do...
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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The Use of Common Planning Time: A Case Study of Two Kentucky Schools to Watch

Interdisciplinary teams with common planning time have been a hallmark of the middle school organizational structure since the 1960s, yet research on the effective use of common planning time is limited. This study...
Author: Christopher M. Cook, Ph.D., Shawn A. Faulkner, Ph.D.
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