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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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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
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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.
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Topics: Teaching

Ending the School Year Remotely

The final weeks of the school year are full of bittersweet reflection on special memories and mixed feelings about the year to come. Students come together to say goodbye to their classmates for the summer, the first...
Author: AMLE
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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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Creating Norms When Nothing is Normal

Creating Norms When Nothing is Normal

The value of setting a learning framework with student input during remote learning

Norms are the patterns of behavior defining how we treat each other, ourselves, and our shared spaces. Norms exist in all physical and virtual classrooms. We often create norms at transition points such as the start...
Author: Jen Cort
Number of views (2380)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Maintaining the Middle School Experience during COVID-19

Maintaining the Middle School Experience during COVID-19

Teaching by embracing an understanding of the developmental needs of students

Educators today are facing one of their greatest instructional challenges. How do we create meaningful and appropriate content that meets the needs of our middle school students when we are apart? How do we try to...
Author: Helen Brandon
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Caring for the Parent-Teacher Relationship during COVID-19

Caring for the Parent-Teacher Relationship during COVID-19

Setting positive, caring intentions to meet our shared goal of nurturing students

I remember the first Back to School Night as a principal. I introduced the teachers and invited them to leave for a few extra minutes in their classrooms. I shared with parents our plans for the year, adding a...
Author: Jen Cort
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Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Not Just Tweens: Educators Need to Model Risk-Taking, Too

Four ways educators can lean into discomfort

To get from Reno to Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada, a school official had to drive me up 6,500 feet of steep, narrow roads lined with snow banks. The air thinned as we ascended above the clouds, so...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
Number of views (2636)/Comments (1)/
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