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Post-Pandemic Challenges: The Use of Mantras on Executive Functioning Skills

Even in the best of times, teaching middle school is full of ups and downs, challenges and successes; but when you throw a pandemic in the mix, it completely changes the experience for both teachers and students. As a middle school music teacher completing a graduate program at Erikson Institute, I wanted to learn more

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New Middle School Ethics Education Modules Available This Summer

The middle grades are a time of great social, emotional, and developmental turbulence. Between academic pressures, a constantly evolving social landscape, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, middle school students are faced with ethical challenges that can even give adults pause. As a result, the need for ethics education is now more important than ever. Ethics

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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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