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LGBTQIA++ What do the letters mean? And how do I support my students?

LGBTQIA++ What do the letters mean? And how do I support my students?

As a new school counselor 25 years ago, I listened to our school vigorously debate whether or not to have a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), asking questions such as "Will kids become gay if we talk about it?" (a commonly...
Author: Jen Cort
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Our Resilient Community Made #AMLE20 a Virtual Success

Our Resilient Community Made #AMLE20 a Virtual Success

Middle school educators have had some practice in the virtual classroom, and it shows! We never could have predicted the overwhelming participation and enthusiasm from members all over the world during our first-ever...
Author: AMLE
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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity

Sharing our stories of positive and supportive relationships and healthy school culture

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” --Charles R. Swindoll We all have the power to live happier lives and help other school leaders, educators, and students to do the same. It...
Author: Shanna Speakman-Spickard, Ed.D.
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Designing Online Instruction: What Makes for Effective Learning

Designing Online Instruction: What Makes for Effective Learning

Take a minute and study the following image from an online course. Let’s start with a “notice and wonder” thinking routine. What do you notice (just the facts, please!)? What does this image (or...
Author: Bryan Drost, Ph.D.
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Communication is Key

Communication is Key

Building relationships with families in a hybrid learning model

Communicating with families has always been a valuable part of my practice. In previous years, this communication was primarily designed to build relationships and provide insight into student’s progress and our...
Author: Kasey Short
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The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown

Teaching students during COVID

Each year I look for new and creative ways to introduce the content in my class. Each year, the expectation of educating, entertaining, and inspiring my students is my top priority. However, this year…well,...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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How to Build a Resilient School Community

How to Build a Resilient School Community

Three ways to preserve relationships so we emerge stronger together

Right before my son started college, the dean, Kathryn Lively, shared a story with the first-year students. A few years earlier, she had attended a silent meditation retreat where one of the other participants...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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We’re All First Year Teachers

We’re All First Year Teachers

Stop trying to be the “perfect teacher” and just be yourself

Every fall I teach a differentiated instruction class at Canisius College for teachers who are pursuing their master's degree in differentiation. I LOVE this class because they are my people: they get the need...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Key to Motivation: Student Agency

Key to Motivation: Student Agency

Keeping learning relevant and engaging by putting middle school students in charge

Note: Student Agency is a HUGE part of middle school identity and success. For this issue’s column, I’ve asked education expert, LeAnn Nickelsen, to join me in presenting the case for elevating its...
Author: Rick Wormeli, LeAnn Nickelsen
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An Interview with Jean Eddy

An Interview with Jean Eddy

President & CEO, American Student Assistance (ASA)

Tell us about ASA and what makes it unique. American Student Assistance (ASA) is a national nonprofit that is committed to helping students make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals. We...
Author: AMLE
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