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The 3 E’s of Authentic Parent Partnership for Gifted Students

We begin each school year by welcoming new families into our community and assuring them that our philosophy is firmly rooted in the educator’s adage of “parents as partners.”  As sincere as we are, how true is it in reality?  Do all school staff, including administrators, counselors, and teachers, view the partnership through the same
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A Modern Epistolary Approach to S.A.F.E Schools

Regardless of the educational model, concerns over how to address students’ social-emotional needs and potential learning gaps have taken center stage. How do we meet learning needs and deliver instruction safely for all students, staff, their families, and the larger school community? It is a tall order to prioritize and balance student mental health, wellness, and

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Unified Classroom: Inclusive SEL Resources for Your Classroom and Your Club

Recently, educators have felt the pressure to close academic gaps. They’ve also felt a need to provide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) due to the extreme social disconnect students have experienced, especially those with an intellectual disability (ID). Even before mandated social distancing, the average loneliness for individuals with ID was 44.74% (source). So, the

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But is it really about Critical Race Theory?: The attack on teaching about systemic racism and why we must care

This article originally appeared in Volume 52, Issue 4 of Middle School Journal. AMLE members receive complimentary access to current and back issues of the Journal. The nice part about being an editor of Middle School Journal is having the editorial space to discuss relevant issues within education. One challenge is that the time between

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Post-Pandemic Preparation: Reimagining Middle School Partnerships

COVID-19 created unprecedented challenges but also served as a catalyst to rethink important aspects of our schools. One area where I see a big opportunity is to reimage middle school culture. AMLE’s landmark position paper The Successful Middle School: This We Believe highlights the importance of engaging families as valued partners and collaborating with community
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Re-Learning and Re-Assessing: Practical Tips

Not everyone is comfortable with re-do’s and re-takes, which are more appropriately recognized as re-learning (or learning properly) and re-assessing. Some of us experience pushback when suggesting these practices to colleagues, then succumb to those pressures thereby denying their use in our classes. As a result, our students don’t learn the required content and skills.