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Career Exploration in the Middle Grades Case Study: Creating Engineering Exploration Opportunities with Student Choice at the Center

Sutton Middle School, Sutton, Massachusetts Our career exploration journey began when a district-wide Vision Committee composed of parents, educators, students, and school committee members determined more engineering opportunities were needed for our students. Our principal applied for a grant from ASA, which allowed us to develop the following 45-day mini-electives in the 8th grade to
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Career Exploration in the Middle Grades Case Study: District-Level Implementation of PBL to Drive Student Exploration and Engagement

Broward County Public Schools, Broward County, Florida With a keen focus on the experience for the middle school students, Reimagining Middle Grades officially launched in Broward County Public Schools in July 2018. Commitment to impacting the pivotal middle grades years was amplified with the support from stakeholders like the Community Foundation of Broward, who partnered
STEM Programming through a Dedicated Makerspace

Career Exploration in the Middle Grades Case Study: STEM Programming through a Dedicated Makerspace

Miscoe Hill Middle School, Mendon, Massachusetts The Miscoe Hill Middle School (MA) Inspired Innovation Center (IIC) opened in 2019. The IIC’s purpose is to offer career-exploration learning via a school-wide maker program. The IIC is a makerspace where students engage in hands-on, curriculum- or interest-oriented learning that yields meaningful products. We developed the vision IIC
Leveraging Community Connections Through a Unified Approach

Career Exploration in the Middle Grades Case Study: Leveraging Community Connections Through a Unified Approach

KIPP Massachusetts, Boston and Lynn, Massachusetts KIPP Massachusetts encompasses five schools across two districts in Boston and Lynn and has been educating students for over 15 years. Our mission is that together, with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they
A Whole-School Redesign with Students at the Center

Career Exploration in the Middle Grades Case Study: A Whole-School Redesign with Students at the Center

Barnstable Intermediate School, Hyannis, Massachusetts Barnstable Intermediate School (BIS) is a grade 6–7 urban public school. Our student population of more than 700 is racially and economically diverse. BIS embarked on its journey to include a career exploratory experience as part of a larger whole-school redesign tasked with bringing rigorous, relevant, and engaged learning to

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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.