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Karen L. B. Burgard; Michael L. Boucher Jr.; Tina M. Ellsworth – Middle School Journal, 2024
At the same time teachers and administrators grapple with how to develop teachers' understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom, recent legislative sessions have unleashed a flood of legislation that seeks to limit teachers from teaching about race, racism, oppression, and injustice in U.S. schools. Teachers are struggling…
Descriptors: Simulation, Classrooms, Race, Racism
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Katie Nagrotsky; Jason Mizell – Middle School Journal, 2024
This article examines the ways teachers, students, and teacher educators interacted in a unit around Christopher Columbus and other historical figures that have been given places of privilege within the dominant society. The authors trace how color-evasiveness and explicit engagement with race in the classroom intermingle with the implementation…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Youth, Participatory Research, Action Research
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Catherine Lawless Frank; Novea McIntosh; Connie Mathes – Middle School Journal, 2024
The United States, in less than 50 years, has gone from legal segregation and exclusion of students with disabilities in schools to an emphasis on inclusion in the least restrictive environments based on individual student needs. The United States has made great strides in the physical inclusion of students with disabilities, but work is still…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Inclusion, Equal Education, Outcomes of Education
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Dave F. Brown; Taylor Brown; Erika V. Saunders – Middle School Journal, 2024
Young adolescents who are LGBTQIA+ often encounter hostile experiences while in middle level schools. Researchers conducted semi-structured interviews with 11 young adolescents who are LGBTQIA+ at two middle schools to determine their experiences. Students report the ages at which they realized their gender and sexual identities: Five reveal…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Teacher Attitudes, Early Adolescents
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Shockley, Ebony Terrell; Ellis, Valeisha M. – Middle School Journal, 2023
This study presents the perspectives and pedagogical practices of teachers who self-identify as social justice educators. Interviews with these social justice educators, who teach in large, diverse, metropolitan school districts, show that they create equitable spaces for their students. An analysis of the interview data concerning their beliefs…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Social Justice, Culturally Relevant Education, Inclusion
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Allsop, Yvonne; Saxbe, Sarah; Abbott, Virginia; Ha, Seung Yon; Irwin, Mary Kay; Liu, Xingfeiyue; Martinez Calvit, Adriana I.; Sheng, Yue; Tilak, Shantanu; Van Petten, Lauren; Anderman, Eric M. – Middle School Journal, 2023
The disruption of in-person delivery of a sexual health education curriculum to students in 19 urban middle schools in the Midwestern United States was one of many complications in education due the COVID-19 pandemic. Given time constraints and need for program delivery, community partners collaborated to convert the curriculum for virtual…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Sexuality, Health Education, Curriculum Development
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Renick, Jennifer; Reich, Stephanie M. – Middle School Journal, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to shift to virtual or hybrid instruction, thrusting young adolescents into a very different educational environment. Stage-environment fit theory outlines ways in which educational contexts may, or may not, meet the developmental needs of young adolescents. Yet little is known about how virtual environments…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Adolescent Development, Needs
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Yurko, Kathleen Colantonio; Adams, Brittany; Boehm, Shelby; Miller, Henry – Middle School Journal, 2023
In the following article the authors detail important concepts surrounding sexual harassment when teachers address such topics in their classrooms. The article considers activities and resources for teachers that should be taught to middle school students in tandem with the literary titles. Middle grades literature, when paired with intentional…
Descriptors: Sexual Harassment, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Beliefs
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Lahey, Trace; Rizopoulos, Lisa – Middle School Journal, 2023
Teacher educators surveyed and interviewed program alumni working in middle schools to address the question, what literacy practices have you found to be most supportive of English language learners in your classrooms? This article describes the three most common practices identified by the middle school teachers, practices that are affiliated…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, English Language Learners, Teacher Educators, Alumni
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Warren, Erica Adela – Middle School Journal, 2023
AMLE advocates for educators to respect and value young adolescents. Yet, the narrative surrounding early adolescence in the United States centers chaos, hormones, and emotional drama. Middle school educators repeat or hear some version of this narrative daily, yet it remains unchecked and unaddressed in professional development. Deficit…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Transformative Learning, Faculty Development, Early Adolescents
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Butler, Allison G.; Lacey, Heather P.; Roberto, Michael A.; Hanney, Deborah; Luiggi, Nina – Middle School Journal, 2023
Our purpose was to provide a model for a middle school design thinking program supported by a university-school partnership and to investigate potential benefits of teaching middle school students to be design thinkers. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls (N = 80) participated in the Innovation Nation program. Over three days, students engaged…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Females, Design, Thinking Skills
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Tinajero, Roberto; Todd, Anjanette; Tinajero, Josefina Villamil; Peterson, Sarah E. – Middle School Journal, 2023
On August 3rd, 2019, a racially-charged mass shooting occurred at Walmart in El Paso, TX that killed 23 people and injured another 23. Following the Walmart shooting, students in this borderland region wrote essays related to their experiences. We used the themes we identified to inform implications for teaching writing and composition for middle…
Descriptors: Violence, Weapons, Homicide, Student Experience
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Díaz, Chandra C. – Middle School Journal, 2023
The dual pandemics of social unrest and COVID-19 during the summer of 2020 in the United States has produced a renewed sense of urgency and agency for the interrogation of curriculum in K-12 education and the development of culturally sustaining practices. This urgency has encouraged more teacher preparation programs and middle school leaders to…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Middle School Teachers, Disadvantaged, Teaching Methods
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Jacobs, Holly E.; Edwards, Betty; Wright, Shirley A.; Gupta, Anmol – Middle School Journal, 2023
Middle schools are increasingly diverse places where students see and interact with peers different from themselves. However, students with and without intellectual disability (ID) have few opportunities to interact--they are together infrequently within extracurricular settings and the classroom. As such, students with ID are on the margins of…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Students with Disabilities, Intellectual Disability
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Pajak, Alexandra – Middle School Journal, 2023
Previous research indicates pandemics have a traumatic effect on individuals. The COVID-19 pandemic has been traumatic for all students of all races and socioeconomic households. The pandemic has, however, intensified racial trauma by exacerbating racial disparities already existing in American society. Racial trauma has been linked to poor…
Descriptors: Racism, Teaching Methods, COVID-19, Pandemics
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