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Jackson, C. Kirabo – Education Next, 2019
When students look back on their most important teachers, the social aspects of their education are often what they recall. Learning to set goals, take risks and responsibility, or simply believe in oneself are often fodder for fond thanks--alongside mastering precalculus, becoming a critical reader, or remembering the capital of Turkmenistan. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship, Secondary School Teachers
Morris, Monique W. – Educational Leadership, 2019
"What we believe about young people matters--it informs how we treat them and what they come to believe about themselves," writes Pushout author Monique Morris. Unfortunately, according to recent studies, adults tend to view black girls as less innocent and childlike than their peers. This biased belief can lead to harsher discipline in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, African American Students, Racial Bias, Social Bias
Elliot, Laura – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, N.C., have partnered with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County to develop strategies for responding to the emotional and mental health needs of middle school students in those districts. More than 40 community partners have joined their efforts, which include a focus on…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, School Districts, Health Needs, Resilience (Psychology)
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2018
When Okema Owens Simpson, the sixth-grade Multi-Classroom Leader (MCL) for English language arts (ELA) at Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, plans her schedule for the coming week, she provides what her teachers need most: daily, on-the-job coaching; lesson planning; practice in delivering lessons; co-teaching or modeling a…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Grade 6, Language Arts, Faculty Development
Somers, Marie-Andrée; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2017
The Communities In Schools (CIS) Model of Integrated Student Supports aims to reduce dropout rates by providing students with integrated and tiered support services based on their levels of need. The model includes preventive services that are available to all students (Level 1 services) as well as intensive, targeted, and sustained services…
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Student Needs, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
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Dotson, Lauren; Foley, Virginia – Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 2016
This paper provides a history of the standardized testing and accountability movement, the curriculum standards attached to the accountability movement, and the attempted shift to common core. Student poverty and its impact on student achievement the focus of this paper. Recognizing the impact of poverty on student achievement as measured by…
Descriptors: Poverty, Academic Achievement, Teacher Education Programs, Standardized Tests
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Rodríguez-Castro, Mónica; Salas, Spencer; Murray, Beth – Middle School Journal, 2016
One of the 16 core beliefs of middle level thinking is that schools and families must work together on behalf of every young adolescent (National Middle School Association, 2010). However, in classrooms and on curriculum nights, communication emerges as a critical issue. This is especially true when it comes to teachers' interacting with Latino…
Descriptors: Caring, Immigrants, Middle School Students, Hispanic Americans
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Wallace, Judi Lawson; Sutton, Nancy P. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2015
Incorporating bike skills into the elementary- and middle-school physical education curriculum encourages students to be physically active in a fun way while also learning bike safety skills. Winston-Salem's (NC) Safe Routes to School program demonstrates how collaboration with the public schools' health and physical education program can…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students, Safety Education
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Sterrett, William; Irizarry, Eric – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2015
Teacher working conditions surveys provide biennial, comprehensive data regarding school leadership. This case describes how a Title I middle school principal proactively addresses end-of-year data to address identified needs and growth areas in a collaborative manner in her middle school. The principal works in a concerted manner with an…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Moral Development, Educational Improvement, Teaching Conditions
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Hewitt, Kimberly Kappler; Chopin, Scarlet Lilian – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2015
Focused on the use of teacher evaluation data, this case was designed for use in two principal licensure courses, one on data literacy and the other on supervision and personnel. The principal of Baker Middle School has been instructed by the superintendent to use data from the state's new teacher evaluation system to determine which teachers…
Descriptors: Personnel Data, Personnel Management, Management Information Systems, Principals
Powell, Allison; Watson, John; Staley, Patrick; Patrick, Susan; Horn, Michael; Fetzer, Leslie; Hibbard, Laura; Oglesby, Jonathan; Verma, Sue – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
In 2008, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K-12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative policy and practice driving personalized learning in the K-12 education space. State,…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Conventional Instruction
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Valauri-Orton, Alexis; Bernd, Karen K. – American Biology Teacher, 2015
For many middle school students, connections between their lives and concepts like chemical reactivity, microbial contamination, and experimental sampling are not obvious. They may also feel that, even if there were connections, understanding the monitoring and quality of natural resources is something for grown-ups and beyond their…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Secondary School Science, Microbiology, Chemistry
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Smith, Robert W.; Smith, Kayce – Middle School Journal, 2014
Despite reticence from the central office, strong middle level teacher leaders worked together to develop an effective anti-bullying program that addresses a significant need for safety and inclusion for all middle school students. This article describes how one teacher's concerns changed her school's attitude with regard to bullying from assuming…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Responsibility, Bullying, Educational Environment
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Nesheim, Nicole E.; Moran, Clarice M.; Pendleton, Melissa – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2014
The cases presented describe two levels of struggle. One level identifies two student teachers (ST) and their mentors failing to meet one another's expectations. Another level presents school administration as it seeks to find ways of meeting STs' needs while maintaining a positive and productive school climate. Relevant research is presented to…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Mentors, Expectation, Program Effectiveness
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Kirby, Sarah D.; Chilcote, Amy G. – Journal of Extension, 2014
This article describes the Energy Transformation 4-H school enrichment curriculum. The curriculum addresses energy efficiency and conservation while meeting sixth-grade science essential standards requirements. Through experiential learning, including building and testing a model home, youth learn the relationship between various technologies and…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Youth Programs, Energy Education
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