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The Spotlight Challenge

The Spotlight Challenge

A design thinking project to inspire the future generation of leaders

Students today are faced with global issues that impact their lives such as bias, political divisiveness, injustice, and mass shootings. These students have the potential to become a generation of leaders that improve...
Author: Kasey Short
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Topics: Teaching
Taking Revolutionary Boston to Detroit

Taking Revolutionary Boston to Detroit

Skill building and making connections with themes boosts social studies learning and engagement

There are a number of lessons I have learned in my 20 years as a teacher of American History. Appreciation of history is like a fine wine … the longer you let it sit (the older we get), the better...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
Is Your School Schedule Flexible?

Is Your School Schedule Flexible?

Flexible organizational structures place the locus of control in the hands of teachers

Early leaders of the middle school concept established the goal of flexible organizational structures. But what is flexibility? The answer might include The utilization of opportunities to make change The...
Author: Elliott Merenbloom
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This is Not Going to Work for Us

This is Not Going to Work for Us

Modeling gender empowerment and equity in a #MeToo Movement world

Introduction Young adolescent education must be empowering and equitable (NMSA, 2010). While empowerment and equity are at the forefront of middle school educators' minds as they plan their lessons and conduct class,...
Author: Heather Rogers Haverback
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The Young Adolescent State of Mind

The Young Adolescent State of Mind

What neuroscience reveals about our students and how we should respond

In This We Believe, the Association for Middle Level Education stresses the importance of understanding the unique developmental needs of our middle level students in designing appropriate learning environments and...
Author: Nita A. Paris
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Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology

Transforming Middle School Practice Through Instructional Technology

Understanding the middle school learner as the basis for implementing a district-wide digital transformation

In December 2015, the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education approved the superintendent's strategic plan, a broadly ambitious plan that prioritized capital improvements, human resources, and curriculum and...
Author: Andrew Maxey, Elizabeth Hancock
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It's More Than Books

It's More Than Books

Making connections with sports in the middle school classroom

When I taught middle school language arts, one of my students, Matthew, would complain that he was not able to give an explanation about or summarize the poems we were reading in class. However, every Monday he would...
Author: Pamela H. Segal, Montana K. McCormick
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Topics: Teaching
Building Relationships with Students: It Isn't Just for Teachers

Building Relationships with Students: It Isn't Just for Teachers

Five principals share three keys to building principal-student relationships

The golden rule of middle school: Build relationships with your students. This claim is supported by the Association for Middle Level Education (NMSA, 2010), as they describe a successful middle school as "an...
Author: Marsha Sowell
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Topics: Leadership
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Curriculum is Not the Answer

Curriculum is Not the Answer

It's about the people who bring learning to life

Ok, so before you start freaking out and telling me how important curriculum is in a school, let me preface this whole article by saying that yes, curriculum is a very important part of a school's program. The purpose...
Author: Peter Crable
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Laptops: A Tool to Improve Reading Comprehension

Laptops: A Tool to Improve Reading Comprehension

How one South Texas school district is taking middle school reading comprehension to another level

Nearly six million middle school students today are reading below grade level—a shocking number. The National Center for Education Statistics' 2017 report, The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics and Reading...
Author: Maridale Still, Cynthia Cummings, Tilisa Thibodeaux, L. Kay Abernathy
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