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Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris M.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Howell, Penny B.; Rintamaa, Margaret F.; Miller, Nicole C. – Middle School Journal, 2017
For middle schools to fully achieve their goals, it is important for them to be staffed with teachers who understand the unique developmental needs of young adolescents and are specifically prepared to meet those needs. Middle school leaders have long been advocates of specialized teacher preparation and licensure; however, the current terrain of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Middle School Teachers, Leaders
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Beane, James A. – Middle School Journal (J1), 2013
Many policymakers, curriculum specialists, teachers and administrators, bloggers and other commentators have raised serious questions about the Common Core State Standards. One set of questions asks whether states and districts have the money for professional development, curriculum materials, planning time, and other logistics that would be…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011
Many industries in the United States already have seen positive results and increased productivity from the effective use of technology. With the challenges currently facing the nation's education system--including a persistent dropout rate of nearly 30 percent, slashed state and district budgets, and the economically and socially important goals…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Dropout Rate, Online Courses, Educational Practices
Massachusetts 2020, 2011
2010 was a pioneering year for Massachusetts public schools. State leaders recognized that while the Commonwealth leads the nation in student achievement on national measures such as NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), more needed to be done to close the persistent achievement gaps between our wealthy and poor students. Combining a…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Surveys, Teacher Collaboration