Middle School Journal

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 5, May

A View from the Middle
The Rhetoric of Educational ReformIn a January 19, 2010, press conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a proposed $1.35 billion increase to the $4 billion Race to the Top Fund, a competition that "will reward states that have demonstrated...
Common Planning Time
All the key documents explicating the essential features of effective middle level schools highlight the importance of organizational structures that foster teaching, learning, and meaningful relationships. This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents...
Crossing Digital Bridges for Global Understanding
Everyone who has ever been to Disney World's Epcot Center and visited the Small World ride leaves with the song "It's a Small World (After All)" ringing in their ears. Never has the central message of this song been truer than it is today. Was Walt Disney...
Digital Collaborative Literacy: Using Wikis to Promote Social Learning and Literacy Development
In This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents, National Middle School Association (2010) identifies the goals of developing in young adolescents the interpersonal and social skills necessary "to learn, work and play with others harmoniously...
Inquiring Minds Learn to Read, Write, and Think: Reaching All Learners through Inquiry
Teachers are well aware that their primary challenge is motivating students. This is particularly true for students who are reluctant, with a history of struggling or failing in school, who may have a "damaged learner identity." After 10 years of studying...
Letter from the President
In the September issue of the Journal, I challenged all of you to find a way to "make a world of difference" in a young adolescent's life. As we finish the school year, now is the time to reflect on that challenge. What did you do? Did you build a relationship...
NMSA in Action
What's Happening2010 Institute for Middle Level LeadershipJuly 18-21, 2010, Williamsburg, Virginia, Williamsburg LodgeJuly 25-28, 2010, Whistler, BC, Canada, Hilton WhistlerEnjoy interactive classroom sessions, discussions, peer-facilitated learning,...
Professional Development and School Restructuring: Mutual Processes of Reform
For five years we have facilitated professional development leading to restructuring and reform at Ravine Junior High (RJH) (a pseudonym, and now Ravine Middle School). Our work at RJH has been funded by a U.S. Department of Education GEAR-UP grant and...
Sharing Summer Reading Establishes Community in the Classroom
It's August 20, the day teachers at my independent school in suburban Maryland return from summer vacation. After socializing over coffee and bagels, we all disperse to set up our classrooms. I cover my bulletin boards with fresh paper but do not hang...
The Politics and Sustainability of Middle Grades Reforms
Jennifer's first years as a middle school principal occurred during a time of transformation initiated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act and further intensified by demographic changes within her Midwest suburban district of 25,000 students. In...
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