ERIC Number: EJ1130804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Developmentally Responsive Middle School: Meeting the Needs of All Students
Cook, Chris M.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Howell, Penny B.
Middle School Journal, v47 n5 p3-13 2016
While "This We Believe" (NMSA, 2010b) certainly advocates for a rigorous, challenging academic environment for middle grades students, it also strongly suggests the education of young adolescents includes three additional "essential attributes" (p. 14). A middle school education should be developmentally responsive, empowering, and equitable. Nagel Middle School, in Cincinnati, Ohio, has discovered a way to fully embrace what makes middle level education unique--a deep understanding of the developmental spectrum of its students; attention to professional behaviors and dispositions of its teachers; the creation of supportive organizational structures; and the development of healthy relationships among students, staff, teachers, and administration. Using the lens of the "Core of Effective Middle Level Practices," this article provides a portrait of Nagel Middle School as it educates the whole, young adolescent child within the context of today's educational climate. Though not a blueprint for others to follow, this portrait can serve as an inspiration to other middle schools who desire to reaffirm their commitment to a developmentally responsive education for their students.
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Middle School Students, Equal Education, Educational Practices, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Skills, Teacher Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cincinnati)
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