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The Effects of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Middle School Climate and Student Outcomes

Association for Middle Level Education, 2011. (web resource)

This study investigated the effects of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) on middle school climate and student outcomes. Data consisted of more than 300 teacher responses and 10,000 student responses in two middle schools in the western United States. The SWPBS intervention included school-wide teaching of social skills, praise notes from teachers to students, posting of school rules, proactive screening for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders, and referrals of at-risk students for targeted interventions. The treatment school showed statistically significant improvements in teacher ratings of school climate, while the control school tended to stay the same or worsen.

The Nature of Middle Level Communication

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

Just as a COMMUNICATION utility marker has a solid fixed wall around it, we must be sure that we don’t have walls around our school communication plans that keep stakeholders out. If language and communication are the glue holding us together, everyone must have equal and reciprocal access to that critical binding agent. Learn about improving communications in middle level schools in this blog post from the Association for Middle Level Education.

School-wide Agreement at Columbus Middle School

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

In this blog post learn how school-wide agreements help engage students in conversations about classroom expectations and develops a process that give students ownership.

Building a Collaborative Culture that Values Deep Conversations

Association for Middle Level Education, 2013. (web resource)

Principals at all levels know—and research supports—that fostering effective collaboration among their staff is one of the most powerful things they can do to elevate the level of learning for adults and students. This blog post summarizes some of the most important things that middle level principals can do to foster effective collaboration in their schools.

Nurturing Effective Middle Level Schools

Association for Middle Level Education, 2014. (web resource)

How can middle school leaders promote relationships and improve school climate and student morale? In this Association for Middle Level Education blog post, learn what ingredients create supportive and positive middle level schools.

Integrating Common Core and Character Education

Character Education Partnership, 2013. (PDF, 12 pgs.)

With more states adopting the Common Core, it can be overwhelming for schools and teachers to consider “adding” anything else. But character education isn’t about adding, it’s about integrating with all that you already do. In this whitepaper, you will discover: details on integrating character education and the common core; three ways to strengthen common core; and powerful strategies and best practices for your school to integrate.
 

Responsive Classroom Drives Common Core Success

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. 2013. (Responsive Classroom) (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Skillful teaching and effective instruction are keys to achieving the goals set by the Common Core State Standards. This white paper describes how the Responsive Classroom approach hones teacher effectiveness and explains in detail how Responsive Classroom teaching practices address four specific CCSS challenges: creating a climate of learning, engaging students in rich academic conversations, teaching more complex content and skills, and fostering genuine student engagement.

School Climate Improvement and Breaking the Bully-Victim-Bystander Cycle

National School Climate Center (PDF, 4 pgs.)

National School Climate Center's research and best practices in the area of bullying prevention.

Position Statement on Early Childhood Art Education

National Art Education Association, Revised 2013. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The visual arts are essential to early learning. Every child is innately curious and seeks to construct personal knowledge and understanding of the world. Children construct knowledge in meaningful social contexts with peers and adults. Children experience their environment in holistic ways that are best served by an interdisciplinary approach that includes both guided and spontaneous learning experiences. The visual arts support multiple ways of knowing and learning that are inherent in the unique nature of each child. The visual arts empower children to communicate, represent, and express their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. The visual arts offer opportunities to develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking. The arts enrich a young child’s understanding of diverse cultures. Early childhood art programs should be comprehensive in scope, including studio experiences, interactions with artists, real and/or virtual visits to museums and art galleries, and opportunities to respond to art through conversation, storytelling, play, dramatics, movement, music, and art making. For additional information, please refer to the Position Paper on the Early Childhood Issues Group section of the NAEA website.

Establishing a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports at a School: Seven Steps for Principals and Their Staff

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, 2012. (PDF, 22 pgs.)

Schools, districts, and state departments across the country are moving in new directions to address barriers to learning and teaching and to re-engage disconnected students. They are doing this by designing and developing a comprehensive system of student and learning supports and fully integrating it into school improvement policy and practice. 

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