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ERIC Number: EJ752880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
An Advocate for Every Student at Millard Central Middle School
Balkus, Beth
Middle School Journal (J1), v38 n2 p4-12 Nov 2006
Central Middle School, part of the Millard Public School District, is a grade six through eight urban school located in Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha has a metropolitan and surrounding suburban population of approximately one million. Along with approximately 800 students in traditional middle school teams, CMS also offers a Montessori mini-magnet and self-contained multi-categorical and behavior skills programs. Starting the 2005-2006 school year, an English Language Learner Program and the Millard Public Schools' Middle School Alternative Program were added. In addition to adding programs that serve students with unique learning needs, the socioeconomic and ethnic make-up of the school has shifted from a 94% white majority in 2000 to 80% in 2006. In this article, the author discusses the student advocacy program in the Millard Central Middle School. The program began by forming a committee of administrators, teachers, and parents to develop action steps for a strategic plan aimed at providing a supportive environment for middle level learners. Through group discussions and individual conferences, the teacher gets to know students on a more personal level. This one-on-one opportunity allows teachers to connect with students and provide support and encouragement. Furthermore, assessment of the program using informal feedback as well as an annual school climate survey administered to staff, parents, and students has shown that satisfaction in the school has improved. For the teachers, whose business of helping adolescents reach their dreams, failure is not an option. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska