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Akos, Patrick; Kurz, Maureen Shields – Middle School Journal, 2016
Middle grades transitions pose challenges to many students who meet these tasks with varying levels of success. Contemporary developmental and strengths-based literature offers Hope Theory (Snyder, 2002), a research supported approach that can mitigate risks in school transitions. This article describes how middle grades educators can apply the…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Educational Theories, Middle School Students, Developmental Studies Programs
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Orthner, Dennis K.; Akos, Patrick; Rose, Roderick; Jones-Sanpei, Hinckley; Mercado, Micaela; Woolley, Michael E. – Children & Schools, 2010
The school dropout rate in America is too high, especially for low-income students and those from nondominant racial or ethnic groups. For many students, the social-psychological and behavioral disengagement from school that leads to dropping out often begins in middle school. Research on early adolescents confirms that increasing the perceived…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Educational Change, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students
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Akos, Patrick; Ellis, Cyrus Marcellus – Journal of Counseling & Development, 2008
In middle school, counselors should promote optimal development as students navigate the formative stage of puberty. A search for identity is an important developmental task in early adolescence, but school counselors often neglect racial identity development. Through an actual case of an 8th-grade student, both individual and systemic strategies…
Descriptors: Racial Identification, Early Adolescents, Developmental Tasks, School Counselors
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Akos, Patrick; Hamm, Jill V.; Mack, Sarah Gordon; Dunaway, Michael – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2007
The developmental importance of peers in early adolescence creates an opportunity for school counselors to utilize group work to promote development and achievement. This article will review research on peer relationships and demonstrate how developmental forces in early adolescence are consistent with and related to therapeutic factors in group…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, School Counselors, Group Therapy, Developmental Stages
Akos, Patrick; Queen, J. Allen; Lineberry, Christopher – Eye on Education, 2005
With detailed examples of best practices from middle schools across the country, this book features research-based strategies and suggestions for transition programs. It covers the roles of school principals, counselors, classroom teachers, and the central office. The book is divided into the following sections: (1) An Overview of School…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Principals, Counselors, Teachers
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Akos, Patrick; Martin, Megan – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2003
School counselors can use groups as an effective and efficient means of helping students. Psychoeducational groups provide information and build skills to help prepare students for developmental tasks. As students complete elementary school, these preadolescents face the challenging tasks of moving to middle school and beginning puberty. School…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Peer Influence, Puberty, Developmental Tasks