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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.
 

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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

Achieve, 2013. (PDF, 26 pgs.)

Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This brief provides secondary school leaders with a deeper understanding of the CCSS and spells out their critical role in implementation.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief

Achieve, 2013. (PDF, 27 pgs.)

Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This brief provides elementary school leaders with a deeper understanding of the CCSS and spells out their critical role in implementation.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Counselor Action Brief

Achieve, 2013. (PDF, 15 pgs.)

Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), released a series of action briefs on the role of school counselors, secondary school leaders, and elementary school leaders in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This brief provides school counselors with a deeper understanding of the CCSS and spells out their critical role in implementation.

Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation

National Education Association Health Information Network, n.d. (PDF, 56 pgs.)

This guide is a publication from National Education Association Health Information Network and Share Our Strength that seeks to promote alternative breakfast service models—breakfast in the classroom, grab n’ go and 2nd chance breakfast, among others—to educators, school professionals and those associated with the school community.  Within the guide is information about the benefits of school breakfast, new ways to increase school breakfast participation, useful tools for advocates and success stories from other districts. 

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