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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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Building the Classroom of the Future

Building the Classroom of the Future

We’re only a couple of months into the academic year, but for many educators it already feels much longer. Teachers are working more hours than ever before, with the added strains of preparing lessons in new...
The Enduring Power of Rituals

The Enduring Power of Rituals

Well-designed rituals encourage student participation and are an important part of school culture

Picture it. Twenty-four Grade 8 students are standing on one side of a creek, high in the Sierra Mountains in Northern California. Water rushes by, melted from the mountains behind them. This is the last day of their...
Author: Chris Balme, Roberto d'Erizans
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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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