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An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

An End to the "Close Your Door and Do Your Own Thing" Era

It seems like everywhere you turn, you can find a study that says that the teacher is the number one factor impacting student achievement. No kidding, right? I think many of us in the field have known this for a long...
Author: Krista M. Venza
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From Reading to Understanding

From Reading to Understanding

There’s an alarming gap between middle school students’ ability to read words and their ability to comprehend texts across various disciplines, according to “Adolescent Readers in Middle...
Author: AMLE
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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...
Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Principals at all levels know—and research supports—that fostering effective collaboration among their staff is one of the most powerful things they can do to elevate the level of learning for adults and...
Author: Catherine Nelson
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Why Connect? A Connected Educator's Story

Why Connect? A Connected Educator's Story

When I talk to colleagues about being a “connected” educator, the first response is often “I don’t have time!” followed by “Why? What’s in it for me?” I can relate....
Author: Todd Bloch
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Mentoring Needs Nurturing

On a walk in my neighborhood, I passed by a relatively uneventful river birch standing near the sidewalk in the sunshine. I almost looked the other way when I spotted an interesting relationship happening in the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Examining Response to a One-to-One Computer Initiative: Student and Teacher Voices

The impact of a one-to-one computing initiative at a Midwestern urban middle school was examined through phenomenological research techniques focusing on the voices of eighth grade students and their teachers....
Author: Mark G. Storz, Amy R. Hoffman
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New Teacher Induction

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Teacher quality is an important school-level factor in student achievement (Rivkin, Hanushek, & Kain, 2005) and the focus of ongoing effort by policy makers and practitioners to ensure that all students have...
Author: Kathryn L. Martin
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Professional Learning Communities

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A professional learning community (PLC) is more than a group of individuals meeting together to read a common book or discuss a relevant issue. According to Huffman and Hipp (2003), PLCs are a way of working; "a...
Author: Kim K. Ruebel
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