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Finding Success in Virtual Learning

Finding Success in Virtual Learning

Meeting students’ needs by building relationships, identifying learning intentions, and creating success criteria

Even the most experienced educators find teaching to be a challenge. The flexibility required to solve unexpected issues; the immediacy of meeting the needs of each individual student; staying current...
Author: Nicholas J. Leonardi
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Helping Girls Thrive in Uncertain Times

Helping Girls Thrive in Uncertain Times

The impact of COVID-19 on teen girls and timely, responsive ideas for supporting them

Without a doubt, COVID-19 has upended our country, our economy, and our educational system in a way that none of us have ever experienced or could have imagined. From the immediate impact of stay-at-home orders...
You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

Six things I learned during my first year of teaching

1. Cheer for the kids who are doing well. Cheer louder for the kids who aren’t. Think back to your own school years. You can probably still name some classmates that always seemed to excel in school. I know...
Author: Jessica Egbert
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The Power of a Read Aloud in the Middle Grades

The Power of a Read Aloud in the Middle Grades

Reading out loud offers chances for connection and conversation

Good stories are powerful. They have a way of seeping into our souls and lingering in the backs of our minds. For years, stories were the main way that knowledge was passed between generations. Reading to my sixth...
Author: Kate Cimo
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Tags: Reading
Discussing Race Issues: It’s Not So Black and White

Discussing Race Issues: It’s Not So Black and White

Activities using trade books to help students explore how the past impacts the present

2020 has seen eruptions of violence and protests across the country due to racial injustice and the continued denial of basic human and civil rights to people of color. These events have forced many Americans to...
Author: Nefertari Yancie, Ph.D.
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In the Trenches: Co-teaching as an Administrator

In the Trenches: Co-teaching as an Administrator

Maximizing the opportunity to reconnect in the classroom

The quality of a school’s instructional leadership can have a significant impact on student achievement. Most administrators enter the position with the goal of delivering quality instructional...
Author: Pauline Zdonek
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Administrators... as Classroom Teachers?

Administrators... as Classroom Teachers?

Some considerations about the engagement of administrators in curriculum and instruction

As a teacher for almost ten years, I began my school life with apprehension about administrators entering my classroom. Somewhere along the way, probably following tenure, I began to enjoy frequent visits from...
Author: Jason D. DeHart, Ph.D.
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Topics: Leadership
We Are Family: Comprehensive Leadership in Middle Schools

We Are Family: Comprehensive Leadership in Middle Schools

Leadership and learning for all members of the school community

The middle school concept lends itself to the notion of family. With any family, giving roles and responsibility to each family member increases the family’s connection and productivity. This article will...
Author: LaTasha Adams, Ph.D.
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Leveraging Shared Leadership Teams for Better Learning Initiatives

Leveraging Shared Leadership Teams for Better Learning Initiatives

Including diverse perspectives and avoiding sabotaging your own team

If many hands make light work, many minds make smart work. Bette Manchester headed the nation’s first statewide 1-to-1 learning with technology initiative, an important middle grades learning initiative....
Author: Mike Muir, Ed.D.
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Masked Leadership

Masked Leadership

Five things to help middle school leaders to stay positive and supported

During your career as an educator, you had many discussions with different stakeholders about changing the face of education. You also had multiple sessions about ridding your students of the high-stakes, standardized...
Author: Frank Rudnesky
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Topics: Leadership
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