Cultivating a Culture of Belonging in Our School

Focusing on opportunities for students and staff to shape a positive school environment Oftentimes the terms culture and climate are bandied about as an inseparable pair in school settings. Rarely in my experience are they broken down into their respective domains to parse out their specific purpose and value. According to INcompassing Education, “Culture is

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Curriculum Integration

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) has set forth its vision of the educational program needed to provide a fully effective program for young adolescents in This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (National Middle School Association [NMSA], 2010). This paper is a supplement to that foundational document and to AMLE’s position paper focused on

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Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

Streamlining the first year of middle school to smooth the transition What if I told your school administrative team that there is a classroom intervention that does not require substantial increases in staffing, does not require extra funds from the school or district, but still manages to dramatically increase student achievement? Would you be interested?

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Handling Confrontation

Addressing conflict head on and with honesty and respect builds a culture of collaboration Are you ready? It’s coming. That inevitable confrontation. It’s coming and you know it. You versus them. Head to head. Will you have time to lace up or will it be too late? You play it out in your mind: POW!

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It’s Different Now

Four experiences for educators to consider about today’s young adolescents It’s not our imagination, kids really are different. Today’s youth face four constructs that adults either did not experience at all or did not experience in the same way as youth today. Athletics As a parent of athletes, I see the benefits of athletics, including

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