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ERIC Number: EJ848608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Six Strategies to Help Young Adolescents at the Tipping Point in Urban Middle Schools
Whitehouse, Sheldon
Middle School Journal (J3), v40 n5 p18-21 May 2009
For children, change can be frightening, and the middle school years are a time of dramatic change for them. Young adolescents are grappling with confusing and often difficult changes in their emotions, their bodies, their schools, their schedules, and the social and academic expectations placed upon them. Middle school administrators, teachers, and support staff face unique challenges, and to succeed, these professionals need help and support from parents and community leaders as well as the government. Unfortunately, according to this author, government has not always lived up to its end of the bargain. When President Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the Bush Administration and Congress promised to provide the funding schools and teachers would need to make the program successful. That promise was not kept. This author's work with teachers, administrators, and students at Perry Middle School taught him that urban middle schools face unique challenges--challenges that will not be solved without hard work and commitment from the entire community. In this article, the author offers six strategies to help young adolescents at the tipping point in urban middle schools: (1) Create a safe and nurturing environment; (2) Use a flexible schedule and an extended school day; (3) Implement enrichment and skill development programs that promote personal growth; (4) Apply research-based curriculum that uses a variety of assessments to monitor student learning; (5) Provide support and professional development to staff; and (6) Collaborate with parents, community organizations, and education stakeholders.
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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: Rhode Island
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001