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What We Really Mean When We Say “School Culture”

What We Really Mean When We Say “School Culture”

School culture from three different perspectives

I’m a parent of a middle schooler and a high schooler, a teacher, and the president of my district’s teachers’ union. I’m one “hat” short of an identity crisis, but it does give...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Strategies for laying a foundation for a strong school culture in middle schools

Today’s middle school classrooms look very different than they did 30 years ago. With a focus on the whole child and a wider range of backgrounds and experiences represented within the student body, finding...
Author: LaTasha Jones Adams, Ph.D. and Amy Barrios, Ed.D.
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Building School Culture and Identity

Building School Culture and Identity

An approach to unifying students and staff with character education-focused core values

The Essential Question It was a simple enough question, but it stumped everyone in the room. “In three words or less, what does your school stand for?” Gathered were teachers from each of the three...
Author: Robert Messia and Joshua Gela
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Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Focusing on opportunities for students and staff to shape a positive school environment

Oftentimes the terms culture and climate are bandied about as an inseparable pair in school settings. Rarely in my experience are they broken down into their respective domains to parse out their specific purpose and...
Author: Perry A. Finch. Ed.D.
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A School District Game Changer

A School District Game Changer

Redesigning the classroom experience to promote success in the middle grades

When it comes to student success, a positive school culture can be as important as the curriculum. When students are engaged, motivated, and empowered, academic success will almost always follow. This is especially...
Author: Roberto Padilla
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A Positive School Culture is a Way of Being

A Positive School Culture is a Way of Being

18 elements to keep in the forefront to create a strong, sustained, celebrated school culture

Building and sustaining a positive school culture is the all-encompassing factor of a successful school. It is not a system. It is not a program. It is a way of being. And even when putting time, money, and energy...
Author: Alicia Bono
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Handling Confrontation

Handling Confrontation

Addressing conflict head on and with honesty and respect builds a culture of collaboration

Are you ready? It's coming. That inevitable confrontation. It's coming and you know it. You versus them. Head to head. Will you have time to lace up or will it be too late? You play it out in your mind: POW! They...
Author: Shawn Hemminger
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Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Welcome to the Inclusion Revolution

Growing a culture of inclusion builds bonds and improves opportunities for all students

For the life of me, I cannot remember having a significant interaction in middle school with my peers who had disabilities. I'm not a particularly forgetful person; I have many memories from my small town middle...
Author: Katie Howlett, Nick Cedergren
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The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

Take time to develop leaders in your school

Welcome to another epic year. I figured it out, and I want you to figure it out, too. Happy people outperform unhappy people. How do I get to that happy place? Climate and culture have a profound impact on student and...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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The Power of Community Circles

The Power of Community Circles

Building healthy relationships in the middle school classroom

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) emphasizes the importance of creating a successful school for young adolescents that is inviting, supportive, safe, and joyful in order to support students' emotional...
Author: Jamie Silverman
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