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Zoom In on Parents and Students

Zoom In on Parents and Students

We interviewed families of middle school students to get a closer look at how the pandemic is affecting their educational experience and their day-to-day lives. Hear what students all over the country are struggling...
Author: AMLE
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End-of-Year Closure Ideas

End-of-Year Closure Ideas

A powerful gift of reflection and learning for teachers and students

I’m sure you’ve heard the following statements recently: No crisis should ever go to waste. Make the most of every opportunity. Crisis either makes you or breaks you; creates you or destroys...
Author: LeAnn Nickelsen
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Equity, Webcams, and More

Equity, Webcams, and More

Consider the connection to equity when asking or requiring students to have their cameras on

Sustainably and systemically focusing on equity (everyone gets what they need), diversity (the combination of people of different backgrounds), inclusion (everyone is invited in and feels they belong), and justice...
Author: Jen Cort
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Promoting Resiliency and Helping Families Thrive While Sheltering at Home

After helping more than 18,000 families navigate cancer, Pat shares 10 themes of family resiliency he’s learned that apply to navigating all of life’s unplanned obstacles.

Over the past eight weeks, families have been tested in ways they never thought imaginable. Amidst the pandemic, we’ve been forced to learn new ways of navigating obstacles pertaining to every aspect of our...
Author: Pat Colleluori, HEADstrong Foundation, CDO & Nick’s Brother
Number of views (880)/Comments (0)/
How to Survive and Thrive Teaching Middle School Virtually

How to Survive and Thrive Teaching Middle School Virtually

Advice from an online teacher

When you tell your friends you teach middle school, do they cringe and follow with “It takes a special person to teach middle school”? Or, if you are from some areas of the south, you get a “Bless...
Author: Melissa Martin, Stacie Pettit, Ph.D.
Number of views (400)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching

Equity in the Virtual Classroom

On a normal school day, you could walk into any middle school classroom in the world and find a group of young people with a wide range of experiences and identities, all in a unique moment of their development as...
Author: AMLE
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How to “F-L-I-P” Your Middle Grades Classroom

How to “F-L-I-P” Your Middle Grades Classroom

Four pillars of flipped classrooms to help teachers with distance learning during COVID-19

Recent mass school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic have educators everywhere seeking ways to provide meaningful distance learning. In response, some educators are developing instruction around a hybrid model of...
Author: Christi L. Pace, Ph.D. and Stacie K. Pettit, Ph.D.
Number of views (1173)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Leading Conceptual Change in a New “Virtual” Normal

Leading Conceptual Change in a New “Virtual” Normal

Accepting the challenge of teaching virtually during the global pandemic

Middle school teachers must be leaders who demonstrate courage and collaboration (National Middle School Association, 2010). Such leaders are needed today more than ever. But leadership is especially difficult when...
Author: Heather Rogers Haverback, Ph.D.
Number of views (673)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Leadership
Students Need Chances to Connect

Students Need Chances to Connect

Supporting students’ need for social interaction while physically distancing

When asked about social distancing, Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, put into words a thought I keep having: "I prefer the term 'physical distancing,' it seems we need social connections now...
Author: Jen Cort
Number of views (2547)/Comments (0)/
Finding Your Rhythm

Finding Your Rhythm

Eight ideas to help educators practice self-care and work with students from home

The pandemic has raised issues for people around the world, including health care, equity, mental health, and more, depending on the community and the resources available. Common across communities are the children,...
Author: Jen Cort
Number of views (2155)/Comments (1)/
Tags: COVID-19
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