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Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Principals at all levels know—and research supports—that fostering effective collaboration among their staff is one of the most powerful things they can do to elevate the level of learning for adults and...
Author: Catherine Nelson
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Social Revolution Through Sports

Social Revolution Through Sports

Sports can be a powerful catalyst for breaking down barriers.

In eighth grade, co-author Brian Quinn played on one of his district's ice hockey teams, which included students from different social circles. He was not in one of the "popular" groups at his school, but being a...
Author: Brian Quinn, Betty Edwards
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School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Sights and Sounds of Middle Level winner

Columbus (WI) Middle School students spent the first day of school with their homeroom teachers working to establish procedures getting to know one another. The most important part of the day, however, was...
Author: Paul Kurch, principal
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Transition and Change

It is difficult for me to look at an autumn leaf and not think about Greek mythology. There is an undeniable connection between the rich reds, auburns, ambers, and crimsons of fall and the ancient gods and goddesses....
Why Connect? A Connected Educator's Story

Why Connect? A Connected Educator's Story

When I talk to colleagues about being a “connected” educator, the first response is often “I don’t have time!” followed by “Why? What’s in it for me?” I can relate....
Author: Todd Bloch
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Getting ConnectED

There was a time when the nation thought two-lane roads would meet all of its transportation needs, but when demand exceeded capacity, the federal government acted to expand to interstate highways and ease congestion....
Author: Bob Wise
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An Experiment in Flipping

An Experiment in Flipping

Lack of time for hands-on learning prompted a classroom flip.

Class time was just too limited. Research suggests that teachers should systematically and explicitly teach students to craft essays, yet I struggled with finding the time to do it all: teach my students the skills...
Author: Pooja Patel
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Topics: Teaching
Reconciling Common Core State Standards

Reconciling Common Core State Standards

The balanced literacy model helps all students achieve in the face of the Common Core demands.

Common Core State Standards advocates contend that the standards provide consistent, clear targets of what students should learn. The standards, they say, are robust and relevant to the real world, with the ultimate...
Author: Darlene Schoenly
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Working with Under-Resourced Gifted Students

Working with Under-Resourced Gifted Students

High-achieving students from poverty may present unique challenges.

I have no idea what to do with him! Right now, he’s failing, but I know he can do the work. He questions me at every turn. He won’t accept anything without proof! He won’t work if he doesn’t...
Author: Ruby K. Payne
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Topics: Teaching
The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Communication

Recently, I spotted this utility marker in the middle of the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The word “COMMUNICATION” was pressed in the center ages ago, and the marker itself has remained fixed in that spot...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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