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The Nature of Middle Level

Kudzu is a vine that was imported to the United States from Asia many years ago, and it remains a steady feature of the southern landscape today. It was brought to our shores because people were drawn to its broad,...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Promoting Young Adolescent Readers

Literacy initiatives have led to a steady increase in fourth grade reading scores since 1999, but according to research, the literacy levels of 13- and 17-year-olds have remained static for almost 40 years. Why do...
Connect Your Stars through Constellational Leadership

Connect Your Stars through Constellational Leadership

While looking at the night sky one evening, I saw a starry man looking down at me. Orion, with his familiar belt of stars, and his arms and legs outstretched in the darkness, hovered above me just beyond the urban...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Topics: Leadership

Countering Mother Nature

Multi-talented artist Mark Ballard writes a column for the Macon, Georgia Telegraph. His writings are always meaningful, but one column last year really hit home with me, for it presented beautifully a truth that is...
Author: John Lounsbury
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Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

Top middle level volunteers share their stories of service

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is proud to recognize middle level students every year, in every state, for helping their communities through volunteer service. The Association for Middle Level Education is...
Author: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
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Support for Common Core

Since their release in 2009, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and math have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. These ambitious new standards set a much higher bar...
Author: Bob Wise
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Seeking Guidance? Ask Your School Counselor

Seeking Guidance? Ask Your School Counselor

Working together, teachers and school counselors can address barriers to learning.

“If you spend 10 minutes with a room full of students between the ages of 11 and 15, they will reveal the hundreds of different people they can be in a matter of moments.” Thus, in their book Fires in the...
Author: Joshua D. Desantis & Danielle G. Desantis
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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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Differentiating Instruction for ELLs

Differentiating Instruction for ELLs

The core tenets of differentiation should guide our education of ELLs.

His first name was Mauricio, and he was from Uruguay. As a class assignment, one of his teachers in his new school in the United States asked students to construct Venn diagrams about themselves, showing how the...
Author: David H. Vawter & Kelly M. Costner
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Breathe, Doggonit! Breathe! How to Revive a Dying Lesson Plan

Breathe, Doggonit! Breathe! How to Revive a Dying Lesson Plan

Three years ago, I attended an inservice session on quantum learning presented by John Parks Le Tellier, the author of Quantum Learning and Instructional Leadership in Practice. Le Tellier’s book details the...
Author: Joel E. Rowlett
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Topics: Teaching
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