Post-Pandemic Preparation: Reimagining Middle School Partnerships

COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges but also served as a catalyst to rethink important aspects of our schools. One area where I see a big opportunity is to reimage middle school culture. AMLE’s landmark position paper The Successful Middle School: This We Believe highlights the importance of engaging families as valued partners and collaborating with community

Restorative Practices Workshop

Restorative Practices Workshop With Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein, authors of the bestselling book Hacking School Discipline and leading conflict resolution expert Dr. Luke Roberts August 4-5, 2021 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST each day Join the authors of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline for a two-day virtual learning experience to equip educators with

Middle School: A Critical Moment

Ensuring students’ social-emotional needs are met As we head into the seventh month of the epidemic, with return to school buildings being delayed across the United States, middle school students face ever increasing social-emotional and academic challenges. With students experiencing the various incarnations of school (homeschool, remote, hybrid and brick and mortar learning), it’s never

Below the Surface of Learning Potential

Let's face it: Teachers can control their instructional practices, their classroom environment, and the relationships they develop with students and encourage among students, but these elements are just the tip of the learning potential iceberg. Sometimes teachers need to look below the surface to understand what is affecting their students' ability to learn. One of

Creating a Culture of Connectedness through Middle School Advisory Programs

In the middle of an ordinary day in an ordinary Los Angeles school, four middle school students shared fascinating insights in response to the question, "Does advisory help you feel connected to school?" Without advisory school would be more distant. It would not be as cheerful. We would not be as connected to everybody. –seventh

Teaching Student Leadership in an Inner-City School

Leadership training for youth is an investment in our present and future. Yet providing effective training can be challenging in terms of time and curriculum—especially in high-poverty communities, as we discovered in a pilot study of leadership training at an inner-city middle school. An interdisciplinary team of professors collaborated with a principal and behavioral interventionist