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Building and Bragging: Celebrating Your Middle School

Developing relationships with parents and community members is critical to building support for your school. But mailing home a newsletter and making an occasional call to a media outlet isn't nearly enough. Educators...
Author: Randy Jensen
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Speaking a Common Language Across the Curriculum

State standardized test scores at Cedarbrook Middle School in the Cheltenham (Pennsylvania) School District had been stagnant for several years and the achievement gap within our school dismayed and disheartened all...
Author: Sarah M. Stout, Peggy Cooper, Heather Blumberg, Linda Roeder, Jamie Osea, and Kevin Burke
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Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Programs

In the middle of an ordinary day in an ordinary Los Angeles school, four middle school students shared fascinating insights in response to the question, "Does advisory help you feel connected to school?" Without...
Author: Sarah Brody Shulkind, Jack Foote
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Service-Learning

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Service-learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful, community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility (Shumer & Duckenfield, 2004). Learning...
Character Council Promotes Values in School and Community

Character Council Promotes Values in School and Community

Do you want to do more with your advisory period? Maybe you want to bring students and the community closer, or maybe you are looking to change a negative school climate into a positive one. You might want to try R...
Author: Ann Asher, Brandi Owens, and Ryan Wideman
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Creating an Oasis of Learning for Disadvantaged Students

At first glance, you might assume that Vista Middle School, one of 160 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, can't possibly provide an effective learning environment for its students. Statistics...
Author: Lori Vollandt
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