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Social Studies Simulations – Do They Still Have a Place in Middle School?

In a recent issue of Middle School Journal, researchers Karen Burgard, Michael Boucher, and Tina Ellsworth reexamined the classroom simulation. Do they do more harm than good? AMLE CEO Stephanie Simpson sat down with the authors to learn more about the study and the key implications for educators. This interview has been edited for space

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10 AI Time-Saving Teaching Hacks

In AMLE’s 2023 Membership Survey, teacher leaders were asked, “What factors, if any, prevent you from becoming a more effective teacher leader?” The number one response was, unsurprisingly, “time.” More than ever, teachers today feel pressed for time. From planning and executing high-quality lessons for diverse learners, to managing multiple meetings with different constituents, our

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Research to Practice: Servant Leaders Build Capacity in Middle Level Schools by Going the Extra Mile

Being an effective middle level school leader, or leader in any arena for that matter, requires the skill and temperament to adapt to changing conditions—the seasons, storms, and squalls of school life in the middle grades. Some changes are seasonal, such as the predictable ebbs and flows of the school year that include the opening

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International Teaching 101

I decided to teach overseas more than a decade ago. I had been teaching for five years at a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon, and I was frustrated by the low pay and lack of salary increases. LIke many teachers, I had debt and was unsure how to improve my finances. I had also traveled

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AMLE Celebrates Inaugural Schools of Distinction

AMLE recognized its inaugural class of Schools of Distinction earlier this month, in conjunction with the organization’s 49th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The twelve schools were selected for their fervent commitment to implementing the essential attributes and characteristics of successful middle grades schools. In addition to being celebrated during a special awards ceremony, each

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Reimagining School – What should it look like and who is it for?

Cornelius Minor and Kass Minor help #AMLE22 attendees find their bottom lines as educators Cornelius and Kass Minor believe that kids don’t just learn in school. They become. It’s an attitude reflective of what we know about middle grades best practice, making them the perfect keynoters for #AMLE22 and our return to in-person conference. We

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Kindness is harder than it looks.

Houston Kraft reminds #AMLE22 attendees that connection doesn’t happen by accident. Houston Kraft, author and co-founder of CharacterStrong, took the main stage at #AMLE22 yesterday for his keynote address on Deep Kindness. From the outset, he made clear that he had a mission for those in attendance. “If we want more kindness on our campus,

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