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Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades

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Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have touted the importance of improving educator quality as fundamental to enhancing school and student outcomes (Darling-Hammond, Wei, Andree, Richardson, & Orphanos,...
Author: Dana L. Bickmore
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Creating the Cougar Watch: Learning to be Proactive Against Bullying in Schools

Despite reticence from the central office, strong middle level teacher leaders worked together to develop an effective anti-bullying program that addresses a significant need for safety and inclusion for all middle school students.

This we believe: The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all. According to a nationally representative survey conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development...
Author: Robert W. Smith, Kayce Smith
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Tags: Safety
The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons?

The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons?

We want students to remember the positive lessons we teach.

Middle grades educators spend almost all their time and energy dealing with what is taught, the content that is presented in classrooms and courses. This is understandable, given the great attention placed on...
Author: John H. Lounsbury
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Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

Relationships Matter: Transformation Through Wayside Teaching

There's no getting around it—we teach who we are. By our presence in a classroom, it is inevitable that students learn about us. We teach who we are, so who we are matters. Who we are becomes evident through...
Author: Sara Davis Powell
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Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Awareness and Strategies for Teachers

On January 2 1997, 14-year old Robbie Kirkland committed suicide after a four-year struggle to accept and find peace with his homosexuality. Robbie’s family loved, accepted, and supported him, but that...
Author: Norma J. Bailey
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Focus on School Climate

The Maryland State Board of Education recently approved new school discipline regulations designed to end disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. The new policies are...
Author: Bob Wise
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Lessons Learned from a Startup

Education is indeed a noble calling. Among and between the frustrations, red tape, glacial speed of change, monotony, and normal emotional fallout of “crucial conversations,” there are those wonderful,...
Author: Jason Larocque
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Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Support, passion, and positive relationships are ingredients of an effective middle level school.

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” I often share this quote with students who tell me they are not good at this or that subject or...
Author: Ann Edwards
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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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School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Sights and Sounds of Middle Level winner

Columbus (WI) Middle School students spent the first day of school with their homeroom teachers working to establish procedures getting to know one another. The most important part of the day, however, was...
Author: Paul Kurch, principal
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