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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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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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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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Teaming in Middle School

Teaming in Middle School

Three team approaches that respond to students' unique needs

From the inception of the middle school movement, team approaches to instruction were considered the preferred way to organize a school housing grades 4-8, 5-8, or 6-8. Today, educators see teaching teams as a key to...
Author: Elliot Merenbloom
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Bring on the Dog-and-Pony Show

Bring on the Dog-and-Pony Show

Approaching teacher evaluation from a variety of perspectives

The term dog-and-pony show, in reference to teacher evaluation, frequently denotes a false presentation by a teacher to demonstrate instruction that is only done for the sake of the evaluation. I understand the...
Author: Perry A. Finch
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The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

The First Five Things Leaders Should Do

Take time to develop leaders in your school

Welcome to another epic year. I figured it out, and I want you to figure it out, too. Happy people outperform unhappy people. How do I get to that happy place? Climate and culture have a profound impact on student and...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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Middle School Matters!

Middle School Matters!

When a whole school district decides to make middle level education a priority, amazing things happen

The relatively low priority for middle level education is a nearly universal condition particularly well known to those engaged in educating young adolescents. These passionate educators are committed to pouring...
Author: Andrew Maxey
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It's Worth Getting Up to Speed on School Law

It's Worth Getting Up to Speed on School Law

Knowing laws that affect educators can clarify rights and responsibilities and minimize negative consequences

A few years ago, a colleague of mine at a local middle school lamented that he had to stop being a volunteer leader for his church's youth group. When I asked him why, he said he had heard someone on talk radio say...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Effective School Leadership: Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

Effective School Leadership: Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

Being a good leader means taking time for personal reflection

All effective middle school leaders take the time to reflect. In addition to purposeful reflection, the strongest kind of leader will also question themselves, explore their thoughts, and assess their actions in an...
Author: James Davis
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