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Carter Andrews, Dorinda J.; Gutwein, Melissa – Middle School Journal, 2020
Research indicates that school discipline practices are inequitable based on student race, class, and gender; yet, few studies highlight students' voices regarding their experiences with these practices. Further, we know that positive teacher--student relationships are a significant factor in student academic achievement and success. This article…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Educational Experience, Discipline, Referral
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Rupenthal, Michelle; Furuness, Shelly – Middle School Journal, 2020
When middle school teachers and leaders commit themselves to being responsive to the personal concerns of adolescents and the social concerns of their community, it results in opportunities to build capacity in students to be agents of change. This article captures the story of one school's process in designing and implementing a yearlong…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Capacity Building
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Walker, Brenda L. Townsend – Middle School Journal, 2020
Historically, middle grade schools doled out the harshest and most exclusionary discipline to adolescent African American males. African American males were routed along school to prison pathways at rates higher than African American females and their peers from other racial backgrounds. National conversations about exclusionary discipline…
Descriptors: Females, African American Students, Discipline, Middle School Students
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Bousalis, Rina; Furner, Joseph M. – Middle School Journal, 2020
In the effort to create a multiculturally sensitive citizenry, addressing issues of immigration is critical in today's schools and society. Mathematics and social studies are subjects sensitive to the cultural and population shifts of society. Since STEM subjects and skills are what drive the 21st century classroom today, it is important that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Social Studies
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Mims, Lauren C.; Kaler-Jones, Cierra – Middle School Journal, 2020
Black girls have been at the forefront of educational change as leaders who "run the show" throughout history yet their unique contributions are missing from books and classroom materials, and their perspectives excluded from definitions of leadership. To address these deficits, we interviewed 21 Black girls enrolled in a summer program…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, African American Students, Females, African American Leadership
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Davis, Camea L.; Hall, Lauren M. – Middle School Journal, 2020
This study explored how middle-level teachers can combine a public platform for student voice, content related to the American Dream, and pedagogy informed by Tatum's racial identity development to prompt students to: explore their racial and civic identities; engage in critical, inclusive dialogue; complicate traditional narratives about America;…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Activism, Poetry, Culturally Relevant Education
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Nojan, Saugher – Middle School Journal, 2020
The rising percentage of nonwhite students in the U.S. public school system accompanied by persistent educational debt and racial inequities presents an opportunity gap for many marginalized students. Scholars suggest that teaching ethnic studies curriculum with critical race pedagogy can help address the opportunity gap. Ethnic Studies centers on…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, Consciousness Raising, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents
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Fair, Ginni; Florell, Dan – Middle School Journal, 2019
Despite the use of various anti-bullying programs, bullying continues to plague middle schools. However, there is an approach to bullying that complements other programs and can be easily integrated into course curriculum. This approach uses young adult novels to encourage adolescents to use perspective taking and empathy building through…
Descriptors: Bullying, Audiences, Prosocial Behavior, Young Adults
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Hart Barnett, Juliet E.; Fisher, Kim W.; O'Connell, Natasha; Franco, Kimberlee – Middle School Journal, 2019
There is growing national awareness of the negative and long-term consequences associated with bullying. The impact of childhood bullying can be substantial and include lowered self-esteem, heightened anxiety, greater levels of depression, fear, school refusal, isolation, and even suicide. While there is growing research on programs to address…
Descriptors: Bullying, Middle School Students, Student Behavior, Intervention
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Solomon, Suzanne; Schaefer, Mary Beth – Middle School Journal, 2019
Providing authentic college experiences for students in the middle grades through a partnership with a local college can improve college readiness skills and leave students with a positive view of post-secondary possibilities and opportunities. This article describes a college immersion program--a weeklong college experience provided to all…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Experiential Learning
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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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Howell, Penny B.; Thomas, Shelley; Sweeney, Damien; Vanderhaar, Judi – Middle School Journal, 2019
Researchers and practitioners in fields such as psychology and social work increasingly recognize the significant need for schools, in general, to be sites for delivery of trauma-informed practices. Given the extent and nature of trauma exposure in our schools, we believe it is critical that the primary individual supporting trauma-informed…
Descriptors: Principals, Counselor Role, Trauma, Educational Practices
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Von Dohlen, Heidi B.; Pinter, Holly H.; Winter, Kim K.; Ward, Sandy; Cody, Chip – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article┬áexplores how a laboratory middle school (LMS) serving students from low-performing elementary schools and students with academic or social-emotional challenges is developing as a trauma-responsive school. The authors explore the literature, school/community context, student cases, and the ways in which classroom and school-wide…
Descriptors: Trauma, Laboratory Schools, Educational Practices, At Risk Students
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Reyes, Cynthia C. – Middle School Journal, 2019
Forced migration generally refers to groups of people who are displaced by conflicts related to natural or environmental disasters, or war. This conceptual article takes up the topic of teaching children who have experienced forced migration due to war from ethnic or religious conflict, and the stories of trauma they may bring into a classroom.…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Refugees, Conflict, War
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Silverman, Jamie; Mee, Molly – Middle School Journal, 2019
This article posits that the restorative practice of community circles offers middle school students a safe, empowering space where moments of social and emotional strife can be addressed and possibly prevented. It also recognizes that by creating a safe and empowering classroom community, students who have or are experiencing trauma can find…
Descriptors: Trauma, Middle School Students, Coping, Classroom Environment
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