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 leadership; they envision themselves being in classrooms, working side by side with teachers and students, and collaborating with team members

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Middle School: A Critical Moment

Ensuring students’ social-emotional needs are met As we head into the seventh month of the epidemic, with return to school buildings being delayed across the United States, middle school students face ever increasing social-emotional and academic challenges. With students experiencing the various incarnations of school (homeschool, remote, hybrid and brick and mortar learning), it’s never

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Pizzo to Receive 2020 National Educator of the Year Award

Seventh grade language arts teacher Joseph S. Pizzo was selected for this top honor from the Association for Middle Level Education FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2020 COLUMBUS, OH – Joseph S. Pizzo, a seventh grade integrated language arts teacher and co-director of drama at Black River Middle School, Chester, New Jersey, was selected to receive

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Exploring Socially Conscious Themes

A structured activity that engages students in critical thinking through meaningful conversation When considering exploring socially conscious themes with middle school students, including such topics as racial and social inequality, poverty, environmental protection, and LGBTQ rights amongst many others, there is a gap in the research and in the practical methodology of creating inclusive environments

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Dear Middle School Community

As educators, we are called to respond to expressions of bias and racism in ourselves and others. Dear Middle School Community, To all of our students, families, and colleagues of color, we see your pain and hear your frustration when your calls for action against racial injustice are met with little to no change. Listening

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