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The Status of Programs and Practices in America's Middle Schools: Results from Two National Studies

The Status of Programs and Practices in America's Middle Schools: Results from Two National Studies

Data from past and present middle level programs and practices supports middle school concept as key factor in highly successful middle schools The early 1900s marked the beginning of American education moving from a...
Author: C. Kenneth McEwin and Melanie Greene
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The Nature of Middle Level

The Nature of Middle Level

Essential Attribute #3: Empowering—providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their lives. As I was walking in a parking lot recently, I spotted this small plant growing...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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If Not You, Then Who?

As I become energized for the new school year, I find myself evaluating middle level practices in our district and across our state. And, although I have read AMLE’s groundbreaking publication This We Believe...
Author: Tom Burton
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A Teaching Mosaic: Putting Together the Pieces of Interdisciplinary Instruction

It was a Monday morning, two short weeks before Mardi Gras and unusually chilly for the Crescent City. A gaggle of seventh graders had just begun to assault my classroom. In defense (or terror), I pulled a Jeb...
Author: Folwell Dunbar
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The Public Schools in American Democracy

This was a talk John Lounsbury gave locally in 1965 during American Education Week. My purpose here this evening is not to recruit teachers, though we all know they are sorely needed. Nor is my purpose to alarm you...
Author: John Lounsbury
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Foreword from John H. Lounsbury: Middle School Mentor to All by Sheila Rogers Gloer

“Excellent speaker! It all makes sense when put together like this.” This was a comment from one teacher attendee at the University of Maine Middle Level Institute in 1996 after hearing John...
Author: Edward Brazee
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A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A Unit of Study Approach for Teaching Common Core State Standards for Writing

A unit of study can provide a framework that fosters student engagement with writing tasks.

Middle grades students write—daily. They text, pass notes, send e-mails, blog, and post updates on Facebook. At the center of students' non-academic writing are their day-to-day thoughts, stories, and...
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Dream Come True or Nightmare to Come?

High stakes tests should assess what the public values from education, but they too often fall short of measuring the many and varied student learning outcomes that actually occur in classrooms. For example, in...
Author: Ed Dickey
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The Common Core: The Good, the Bad, the Possible

Middle grades educators would have to live on another planet not to be aware of initiatives involving the Common Core State Standards, teacher accountability, and PreK–12 state achievement tests. How do we sort...
Author: Susan Rakow
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Creating an Oasis of Learning for Disadvantaged Students

At first glance, you might assume that Vista Middle School, one of 160 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, can't possibly provide an effective learning environment for its students. Statistics...
Author: Lori Vollandt
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