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Bush, Sarah B. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019
In April 2018, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released "Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations," a long-needed and well-articulated position for transforming the core purposes, structures, instructional practices, essential mathematics concepts, and organization of high…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Educational Change, Mathematical Concepts
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Hackmann, Donald G.; Malin, Joel R.; Fuller Hamilton, Asia N.; O'Donnell, Laura – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2019
Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), an effective strategy to promote students' college and career readiness, are increasingly used in US school systems as a mechanism to encourage students' career exploration and identification of career goals. After describing features of ILPs, we provide an example of the ILP process developed and implemented…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Instruction, Career Readiness, College Readiness
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Lin, Tzu-Bin; Chen, Peiying – Chinese Education & Society, 2018
The authors aim to present a case study of a three-year professional development program for school leaders with a specific focus on cultivating curriculum leadership. This program is funded by the Ministry of Education Taiwan and its goal is to empower school leaders' curriculum leadership under the second wave of curriculum reform in Taiwan.…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development, School Administration
Magaña, Alex; Saab, Michelle; Svoboda, Valerie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2012, things were not looking good for Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver, Colorado. Enrollment numbers were declining, students were not reaching required academic levels, and the Denver Public Schools district designated the school as on watch. By implementing a plan that emphasized expanded learning opportunities--adding five hours to the…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Extended School Day
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Hughes, Bill; Mona, Lynn; Wilson, Greg; Seamans, Jeff; McAninch, Steve; Stout, Heath – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
A handful of technological episodes: fire, wheel and axle, Industrial Revolution, Faraday's discovery of electromagnetic induction, the transistor, and the digital age, have historically altered humanity. We are now witnessing/participating in the next transformational technology: 3D printing. Although dating back nearly 30 years, the technology…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Printing, Information Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Sims, Christo – Princeton University Press, 2017
In New York City in 2009, a new kind of public school opened its doors to its inaugural class of middle schoolers. Conceived by a team of game designers and progressive educational reformers and backed by prominent philanthropic foundations, it promised to reinvent the classroom for the digital age. Ethnographer Christo Sims documented the life of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Middle Schools, Technology Uses in Education
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Spangler, Donna – Learning Professional, 2017
This article discusses factors to consider as we evaluate the professional learning occurring in our schools. The article describes how a committee of six teachers and one administrator at Hershey Middle School in Pennsylvania's Derry Township School District adapted an activity for use in a two-hour professional learning session called "The…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Peck, Craig; Clarida, Brian – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
In the contemporary context, demands for rapid school turnaround meet the reality of increased principal turnover. Therefore, it is crucial to help aspiring school leaders hone their problem-solving skills. This case provides readers with an opportunity to diagnose issues of concern at a struggling school, and then prescribe several initial…
Descriptors: Beginning Principals, Educational Improvement, Middle Schools, School Turnaround
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Theoharis, George; Causton, Julie – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case describes the leadership role and challenges in moving a school in a more inclusive direction for students with disabilities. Assistant Principal Mosier plays a key role and in that role meets Charles, sixth grader, who has been educated in self-contained special education. While 58% of the students at Reynolds are African American and…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Disabilities, Assistant Principals, Grade 6
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Januszyk, Rita; Miller, Emily C.; Lee, Okhee – Science Teacher, 2016
While student demographics continue to change nationwide, science achievement gaps persist, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NCES 2012). As traditional racial and ethnic minority students have become the numeric majority (NCES 2013), teaching science for all increasingly means addressing diverse student populations.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Education, Science Teachers, Student Diversity
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Wernet, Jamie L. W. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016
When the author returned to teaching after several years in graduate school, she came armed with knowledge and visions of a student-centered classroom. Her experiences in a doctoral program taught her much about effective mathematics instruction and rekindled her desire to teach. However, a student-centered classroom reflected a major shift in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Student Centered Curriculum, Problem Based Learning
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2016
Together, a school district and a local union are working to ensure that educators are trained in restorative practices in order to improve school climates and keep students in school and learning. This article describes how, in recent years, administrators and teachers have shifted from traditional school punishments, such as suspension, to…
Descriptors: Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Punishment
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop an accountability system that includes multiple measures of student academic performance and at least one additional indicator of "School Quality or Student Success" (SQSS). To support policymaking at both the state and federal level, the authors of "Identity Crisis:…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Educational Indicators
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Myran, Steve; Sutherland, Ian – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case explores Crabapple Middle, a struggling urban school in the midst of a transition that seeks new leadership that can overcome the challenges of two sub-cultures that divide the school and community. In an effort to address issues of low academic performance and negative community perception, an International Baccalaureate magnet program…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Advanced Placement Programs
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Gehlhar, Adam M.; Duffield, Stacy K. – Middle School Journal, 2015
This article will define the engineering design process used to create an integrated curriculum at STEM Center Middle School, and it features the planning, implementation, and revision of the Deconstruction Geography unit. The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Center opened in the fall of 2009 as a way to relieve overcrowding at the…
Descriptors: Geography, STEM Education, Teacher Collaboration, Middle School Teachers
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