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Howell, Penny B.; Gnau, Alice; Peavley, Laura; Workman, Caitlyn – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
In the United States during March and April of 2020, more than 50 million K-12 students were impacted by school closures with many forced to engage in online teaching for continuity in their 2019-2020 school year. This disruption to K-12 public and private schools reverberated in programs of teacher education around the country. As…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Middle Schools, Electronic Learning
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Pinter, Holly Henderson – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
This paper explores the use of a mediated field experience (MFE) for teacher candidates in a middle school setting, a small laboratory school. This work focuses on adjustments made for the MFE to function in an online environment during remote instruction caused by a worldwide pandemic. Teacher candidates completed a learning cycle focused on…
Descriptors: Field Experience Programs, Preservice Teachers, Middle Schools, Laboratory Schools
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Marcum-Dietrich, Nanette I.; Stunkard, Cindy; Krauss, Zachary; Kerlin, Steve – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
Field experience is the culminating experience for pre-service teacher training. As COVID-19 closed schools across the country, pre-service teachers' field experiences were disrupted. This case study examines how a student teacher, a team of mentor teachers, and a university supervisor at a regional public university adapted to remote learning.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Student Teaching, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Kahn, Leah L.; Williams, Michelle – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
Faced with school closures in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19, middle level teacher candidates were left with no way to finish their field experiences. The challenge continued into the fall with many schools providing only virtual learning and some not allowing visitors on campus. This article describes the steps one university middle level…
Descriptors: Modeling (Psychology), Adjustment (to Environment), Pandemics, COVID-19
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Virtue, David C. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
Collaboration and teamwork are essential aspects of the work of a professional middle level teacher and an integral part of AMLE Standard 5. Preservice teachers typically experience collaborative practices firsthand during field experiences, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many schools to shift instruction online thereby limiting the…
Descriptors: Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Divoll, Kent; Moore, Kelly – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
This article describes the trials and tribulations that a middle level education program faced during the global pandemic and recommendations that others can take away from these experiences. The provided suggestions for middle level teacher education programs are specifically for the current pandemic, but can be used for other disasters as well.…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Preservice Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers
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Ruppert, Nancy B.; Pisano, Jessica – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
In the fall of 2020, due to COVID, our pre-service teachers did not have access to student work samples early in the semester. In order to learn how to assess student learning I reached out to an Arts and Sciences faculty who teaches a freshman course. The Arts and Sciences faculty was a former middle school teacher who was scheduled to talk about…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Student Evaluation
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Harrison, Lisa M.; Bishop, Penny A. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
"The Successful Middle School" builds upon many decades of commitment to the middle school concept. The fifth edition of AMLE's landmark position paper amplifies the importance of responding both to young adolescents' developmental needs and to their social identities. The edition's release amidst a global pandemic and increasing…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Adolescent Development, Equal Education
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Silverman, Jamie – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2021
Physically stepping foot into the middle and high school classroom is the opportunity teacher candidates (TCs) most look forward to as they enter their final year in our middle and secondary teacher preparation program. It is in this internship year when TCs practice the theory they have learned and start making their own pedagogical choices. The…
Descriptors: Influence of Technology, Preservice Teacher Education, Observation, Coaching (Performance)
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Ruppert, Nancy B. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2020
Over the past two years, middle school advocates have been sharing their thoughts on the following prompt: "What drives your spirit and commitment to middle level education?" The purpose has been to capture 'the spirit' of middle school educators?' From these stories five characteristics emerged that can help us consider how to promote…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Persistence, World Views
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Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Main, Katherine M.; Virtue, David C. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2020
This article highlights an upcoming multi-phase, international comparative research study on higher education institution-based programs that prepare teachers of young adolescents. The purpose of this investigation is multifaceted. The investigators aim to (a) document the programmatic and pedagogical features of higher education institution-based…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Teacher Education Programs, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies
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Ruppert, Nancy B.; McMurtrie, Deborah; Coleman, Bridget K.; Senn, Gary J.; Ellyson, Sarah – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2020
Collaborations between the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NAPOMLE) and European League for Middle Level Education (ELMLE) can be mutually beneficial. This article reflects on NAPOMLE's past experiences with our global affiliate ELMLE and promotes future partnerships expanding our commitment to supporting the…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Middle Schools, Partnerships in Education
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Dever, Robin – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2020
There is no argument that the world of middle level education is constantly changing. Teacher education programs are always in flux adopting their programs to meet these needs. Faculty who teach within a middle level education teacher preparation program are at the front lines of preparing the next generation of middle school leaders. They are…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Resistance to Change, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Norman, Taylor A.; Wall, Amanda – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2020
Curriculum integration is a hallmark of middle level education. This approach to education involves blending topics across content areas as a way of studying topics and problems of interest to young adolescents. Approaches to curriculum integration and interdisciplinary curriculum overlap with concepts like democratic education, place-based…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Middle Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Place Based Education
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Thornton, Holly J. – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2020
Concerns have been raised about the high-stakes nature of edTPA potentially leading to reductionist, test-driven approaches to teacher preparation. This has come to fruition in practice within many teacher preparation classrooms. EdTPA can devalue anything that is not formally assessed and limit opportunities for faculty and teacher candidates to…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Teacher Certification, Scores, High Stakes Tests
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