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Literacy as the Link: Common Core Standards and Content Area Teaching

Literacy as the Link: Common Core Standards and Content Area Teaching

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) literacy standards for content area teachers provide incentive for teachers to focus on instructional techniques to meet students’ rigorous literacy needs across the...

Jump-Start Your Student Advocacy Program

Creating a unique climate and culture in which all students feel welcome, safe, and secure is the responsibility of the school community. This is especially important in a middle school where students are trying to...
Author: Jill Dreer, Jennifer Moyer, Nancy Schneider, Meredith Weiss, Susan Lloyd
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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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The Importance of Classroom Structure

The Importance of Classroom Structure

Don't let anyone fool you. Don't let anyone tell you differently. To create an "inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive" environment for students, desks matter. I know this fact firsthand, because one day at school...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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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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Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

Leading Learning for Children From Poverty

Six effective practices can help teachers help students from poverty succeed.

What bridges the gap between a culture of despair and a future of hope for children who live in poverty? The answer is simple: effective educators who will not settle for mediocrity, who will not accept excuses for...
Author: Cynthia "Mama J" Johnson
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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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Honor Roll? Really?

I look at the 16 students in my classroom. On any other day, 35 students would be looking back at me, but today the other 19 are eating cake and being honored at the morning's honor roll assembly. What am I supposed...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Pioneering Middle Level Looping in a K–8 School

Pioneering Middle Level Looping in a K–8 School

A school year ends and we ask ourselves, "What can we do to make next year the best year ever?" Every spring, our K–8 school staff meets to discuss what we would like to do to make our school a better place to teach...
Author: Kay Voyer
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Making Connections with Advisory

Making Connections with Advisory

Relationships are among the most important elements of student success.

Middle grades students are small, medium, and big bundles of morphing cells. Just walk through the halls of a middle school during class changes and you will realize how unsure they can be about their physical...
Author: Ellen D'Amore
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