Klea Scharberg

Throughout April: Middle Grades

Ah, middle grades ... A complex, challenging, and confusing time in adolescence. Also a complex, challenging, and confusing age for adults to support and develop! Nonetheless, there is more and more research that points to the crucial importance of this childhood stage. Supporting students as they transition physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially is key to ensuring that they are successful and healthy in high school and beyond.

Join us throughout April as we examine how to support middle grades students' healthy development and support and develop those that work with them in schools, in the community, and at home. During the month, make sure to check out the following:

The Whole Child Podcast

Download this month's Whole Child Podcast on supporting middle grade students next week to hear from Gayle Andrews, president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, and Caroline Bloxom, principal of Pocomoke Middle School.

The Whole Child Blog

Check out the Whole Child Blog throughout the month for contributions from experts and practitioners in the field, whole child partners, and ASCD staff who will share free resources, provide examples of what supporting middle grade students looks like, and answer your questions. Be sure to leave your questions, ideas, and stories in the comments.

What Works in Middle Grades

Visit the What Works section for a one-stop (free!) shop to explore issues that must be transformed if we are to successfully educate the whole child. Our new topic pages are a collection of resources on the topics we address each month. Throughout April, we'll add resources to the "Middle Grades" topic page. Tell us what has worked with your middle grade students. E-mail us and share resources, research, and examples.

Social Networking

Connect (if you haven't already) with the Whole Child Initiative on Facebook and Twitter to be part of changing the conversation about digital learning with more than 7,000 people from around the globe.

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