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Reform Agendas in Middle Level Education: Reframing Grading and Educational Pathways for Post-Secondary Education

This article is part of AMLE’s showcase of work by aspiring middle grades educators. We welcome college and university student perspectives, and encourage those in teacher preparation programs to submit articles to membercenter@amle.org. Learn more about AMLE’s Collegiate Middle Level Association and other opportunities for students. As we emerge from the pandemic, education reform is a topic

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Ideas for Summer Learning With Real Life Data + Kahoot!

Did you know Texas had the most amusement parks in 2020? Or that there were 441 ice cream and frozen dessert makers in the United States in 2019? Summer is here and now middle grade teachers can add another digital resource to their students’ summer learning toolkit: a variety of challenging online Kahoot! games from

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Research to Practice: Cultivating International-Mindedness in the Middle Grades

As I drove my 10-year-old daughter Halden to school one recent morning, we caught the end of a news report on the radio about the war in Ukraine. “Some Russian people are against the war,” Halden stated confidently. “It’s just that they don’t get to hear about what’s really happening in Ukraine.” As we talked,

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Findings Published from the National Educator Shortage Summit Recommending 5 Key Shifts

This past February, I had the opportunity to represent AMLE at the National Educator Shortage Summit convened by the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA). As a membership organization, we saw our representation at this first-of-its-kind gathering as essential because we know that we will only solve this crisis through a collective leveraging of

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What do we need to hear from our teachers right now? A conversation with the National Teacher of the Year Finalists

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently announced the four exemplary educators from across the country named finalists for the 2022 National Teacher of the Year. Among them are: Autumn Rivera, the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year, is a sixth-grade science teacher who encourages students to make a difference now, rather than

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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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