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New Federal Study to Focus on the Middle Grades

New Federal Study to Focus on the Middle Grades

Longitudinal study to follow 20,000 students from 900 US schools.

The Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) is the first nationally representative study to examine the educational experiences and outcomes of students as they progress through the middle grades (for...
Author: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Assuring the Continued Success of the Middle School

Assuring the Continued Success of the Middle School

We hope you enjoy this article, originally published as a chapter in AMLE's (previously NMSA) first book, The Middle School: A Look Ahead, published in 1977 and edited by Paul George. While the article remains...
Author: John Lounsbury
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Making Tough Technology Decisions

Making Tough Technology Decisions

Experts weigh in on keys to making effective decisions about technology.

No school districts want to be featured on the nightly news because of their poor choices in technology decisions or for implementing technology plans that end up wasting the taxpayers' dollars. But technology...
Author: Sandra Wozniak
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Flipping the Social Studies Classroom

Flipping the Social Studies Classroom

More reasons you should consider flipping your classroom.

What's so great about flipped classrooms? Flipped teaching is a great way to create an active, vibrant classroom and enhance student learning. It requires students to complete lower levels of cognitive work outside...
Author: Melissa J. Dugan
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Avoiding Face Plants: Communicating for Understanding

Avoiding Face Plants: Communicating for Understanding

Have you ever fallen flat on your face?

In 2013, a video of a father and two daughters doing a trust fall went viral. In and of itself, a trust fall—when you close your eyes and fall backward, trusting the person/people behind you will catch...
Author: Tom Burton
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Preventing Underage Drinking

Preventing Underage Drinking

Resources to increase awareness of and combat underage drinking.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month—a time to focus on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems. Although underage drinking is on the decline, it still presents a significant...
Author: Frances M. Harding
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Freewriting Middle Grades Math

Freewriting Middle Grades Math

Incorporating writing into math helps students understand their thinking.

In the minds of middle grades learners, math and writing typically don't go together. With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) things have changed! If you'd asked me not too long ago about the challenges of...
Author: Rebecca Stelfox
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Classroom Management with Voice–Movement–Task

Classroom Management with Voice–Movement–Task

Explicit expectations are a key to classroom management.

Sometimes it's the simple things that are the solution to classroom management problems. Consider the simple task of giving directions. As basic as they may be, directions are the infrastructure of a well-managed...
Author: Victoria S. Lentfer
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Humanities in  a STEM World

Humanities in a STEM World

Even the most technical STEM jobs require verbal and written communication skills.

John Engler, president of The Business Roundtable and former governor of Michigan, recently wrote an article for U.S. News and World Report entitled "STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future." Engler...
Author: Brittany Durkin
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Coding Is TOPS in Middle School

Coding Is TOPS in Middle School

Creating learning opportunities that promote problem solving in today's world.

One fine September morning, a class of eighth graders funneled into Angela's fourth floor classroom expecting a new logic problem, math puzzle, or challenge. But not that day. Instead, the students noticed 12 small,...
Author: Greg Taranto, Angela Marasco
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