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Sanchez, Jafeth E.; Usinger, Janet; Thornton, Bill – Middle School Journal, 2019
The culture of a school is a critical component of school improvement efforts. However, changing the culture of a school is no easy feat. In this qualitative, single case study, we describe the perceptions held and strategies employed by one female principal newly assigned to a middle school in an urban setting. We examined the principal's…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Administrator Attitudes, Principals, Discipline
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Dean, Natalie L.; Ewan, Corrina; Braden, Douglas; McIndoe, J. Scott – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Comprehension of the 3D structure of objects usually represented in 2D is a critical part of understanding molecular geometries. The frequency with which students actually get hands-on with 3D molecular structures is often limited to a singular laboratory session. We sought to develop a set of molecular shapes that were inexpensive enough not only…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Science Laboratories
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Kennedy, Krystal J.; King, Seth A. – Beyond Behavior, 2019
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) provides effective behavior management in many schools, yet such systematic approaches to behavior management are generally not implemented aboard school buses. This article describes guidance for the expansion of PBIS onto school buses. Research supporting the use of PBIS in school and…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Behavior Modification, Student Behavior, School Buses
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Gonzales, Miguel M. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2019
This case describes the dilemma of recently hired assistant principal, Fred Bates, who finds himself in a school with a negative and unsupportive school climate. There are significant trust issues between the teachers and principal. Bates struggles to navigate various obstacles and works to establish positive relationships with both his principal…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Assistant Principals, Educational Environment, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Gilstrap, Calypso – Knowledge Quest, 2019
After spending the summer aligning the AASL Standards Framework for Learners with state standards and county learner profile, author Calypso Gilstrap claims a new passion for the impact school librarians have in teaching students the workplace skills employers desire. According to research conducted recently for the Association of American…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Advanced Placement Programs, Academic Standards, Middle Schools
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Wenger-Schulman, A. R. S.; Hoffman, Lauren – Afterschool Matters, 2018
Middle School 88 in Brooklyn, New York serves a community of students often considered at high risk for dropping out of high school and other socially undesirable behaviors. In this high-need setting, the authors designed and implemented an environmental education program designed to meet the needs of urban youth of color. The approach they used,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Urban Schools, At Risk Students, Minority Group Students
Hough, Heather; Marsh, Julie; McKibben, Susan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2018
Social-emotional learning refers to the beliefs, attitudes, personality traits, and behaviors that students need to succeed in school and life. Our study looks closely at ten "outlier schools" in California's CORE districts whose students report strong social-emotional learning outcomes compared to other, similar middle schools. This…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
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Lim, Kien H.; Wilson, Ashley D. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
More teachers are trying out the flipped classroom model in which content is delivered outside of class time, typically through online videos and "homework," and follow-up activities are done in class. This model frees up more class time for inquiry and discussion. This article focuses on the self-learning portion of the flipped learning…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Homework, Video Technology, Educational Technology
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Roy, George J.; Eli, Jennifer A.; Hendrix, Leslie; Graul, LuAnn – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
Students who are adept in modeling with mathematics have the capability to use mathematics in situations that arise in everyday life. The German Tank problem described in this article created the expectation that student reasoning was rooted in logical deductions (NCTM 2000). By engaging in this problem, students grappled with challenging…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic
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Hayes, Sonya D.; Burkett, Jerry R. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
Monica Williams, a beloved counselor of an urban middle school, is shocked to learn that she is being terminated for a comment she made on Facebook. This case was developed for use in an educational leadership course for students to evaluate an educator's right to freedom of speech in relation to social media. Instructors can use the case to…
Descriptors: Social Media, Constitutional Law, Urban Schools, Middle Schools
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Brown, Carleton H. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
At a small rural middle school in the southern United States, two students murdered a teacher, four students, and injured 10 during a shooting spree. This case represents the lived experiences of a school principal, counselor, and community that survived the deadly rampage. The case highlights the challenges that school leaders may face such as…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Role, School Safety, Crisis Management
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Mentzer, Nathan; Reed, Philip A.; Alnouri, Meshari; Barbarji, Mohammad – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In 2010, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) founded the Sabah Al Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity (SACGC). The Center supports Kuwait's Strategic Development Plan and the country's commitment to nurture gifted and talented youth. The Center also supports the work of talented adult inventors and entrepreneurs by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academically Gifted, Creativity, Educational Innovation
Schifter, Deborah; Bastable, Virginia; Russell, Susan Jo – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2018
The "Reasoning Algebraically about Operations Casebook" was developed as the key resource for participants' Developing Mathematical Ideas seminar experience. The thirty-four cases, written by teachers describing real situations and actual student thinking in their classrooms, provide the basis of each session's investigation into the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods
Hayes, Susan; Meinders, Dona; Rosborough, Jana – National Center for Systemic Improvement at WestEd, 2018
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who achieve positive post-school outcomes and engage in higher education or competitive employment opportunities. Through their State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), Alabama is focusing on…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Systems Approach, Change Strategies, Disabilities
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Baker, Sheila F.; Alexander, Bonnie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Learning in makerspaces involves doing, playing, thinking, experimenting, creating, collaborating, mentoring, inquiring, problem-solving, producing, inventing, designing, building, and sharing (Loertscher, Preddy, and Derry 2013). Whatever the character of a makerspace, all makerspaces have the same goal: to actively engage students in open-ended…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Middle Schools, Library Services
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