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A View from the Ground

A View from the Ground

Middle school teachers navigating online teaching in the time of COVID-19

In March 2020, most school districts in the US moved to fully online instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this radical and unprecedented change, middle school teachers have had to adjust to the...
Author: Daniel M. Levin, Ariana Lulli, Gina Ethe, and J. Elisabeth Mesiner
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Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Opening Middle Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year

Suggestions and considerations for principals

As educational leaders look to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the only thing for sure is the uncertainty of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. How school opens will largely be based on the situation in...
Author: David Straffon, Elliot Y. Merenbloom
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What We Really Mean When We Say “School Culture”

What We Really Mean When We Say “School Culture”

School culture from three different perspectives

I’m a parent of a middle schooler and a high schooler, a teacher, and the president of my district’s teachers’ union. I’m one “hat” short of an identity crisis, but it does give...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Specific, Candid, and Helpful Responses to Expressions of Racism and Bias

Tools for rehearsing responses to expressions of bias and racism in ourselves and others

Martin Luther King, Jr reminds us that, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Campus Cohesion and Reality Checks

Strategies for laying a foundation for a strong school culture in middle schools

Today’s middle school classrooms look very different than they did 30 years ago. With a focus on the whole child and a wider range of backgrounds and experiences represented within the student body, finding...
Author: LaTasha Jones Adams, Ph.D. and Amy Barrios, Ed.D.
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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.
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Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Focusing on opportunities for students and staff to shape a positive school environment

Oftentimes the terms culture and climate are bandied about as an inseparable pair in school settings. Rarely in my experience are they broken down into their respective domains to parse out their specific purpose and...
Author: Perry A. Finch. Ed.D.
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A School District Game Changer

A School District Game Changer

Redesigning the classroom experience to promote success in the middle grades

When it comes to student success, a positive school culture can be as important as the curriculum. When students are engaged, motivated, and empowered, academic success will almost always follow. This is especially...
Author: Roberto Padilla
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A Positive School Culture is a Way of Being

A Positive School Culture is a Way of Being

18 elements to keep in the forefront to create a strong, sustained, celebrated school culture

Building and sustaining a positive school culture is the all-encompassing factor of a successful school. It is not a system. It is not a program. It is a way of being. And even when putting time, money, and energy...
Author: Alicia Bono
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What's Keeping us From Doing PBL?

What's Keeping us From Doing PBL?

Mastering standards at a deeper level with project-based learning

John Dewey (1959), a great philosopher and educational theorist of the 1950s, had already warned us about the importance of an educational focus on the student rather than on the teacher. He argued that classroom...
Author: Isabel Cristina Fernandes Auler
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