Middle School

Education news, analysis, and opinion about schools typically serving 6th to 8th grades and the students who attend them
This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-sized doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Oct. 22, 2021, as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.
Kid-sized doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. An FDA advisory committee has recommended that the vaccine be approved for emergency use in 5- to 11-year-old children.
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Student Well-Being COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Clears Hurdle to Emergency Approval
But some members of the FDA's vaccine advisory panel raised concerns that schools may prematurely mandate the vaccine for younger children.
Arianna Prothero, October 26, 2021
4 min read
Student Well-Being Online Summit SEL in Middle and High School: What Works, What Doesn’t
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on social emotional learning and what schools and staff can do to provide it.
October 14, 2021
Conceptual image of students interacting.
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Special Report Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Teens
Chances are teenagers are not getting the social emotional learning they need, especially now. This report shows how schools can help.
October 12, 2021
Conceptual image of a student moving into new surroundings.
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Teaching Download 5 Strategies for Teaching SEL to Teenagers (Downloadable)
This downloadable has strategies for creating social-emotional learning experiences that won't cause teenagers to roll their eyes.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 12, 2021
1 min read
Conceptual image of 3 students working on constructing a government building together.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center How to Teach Older Students Social-Emotional Skills? Try Civics
Collaboration, empathy, social awareness, and relationship building are some of the same skills that power democracy.
Arianna Prothero, October 12, 2021
9 min read
Illustration of students holding different masks.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center The Pandemic Has Shaken Students' Sense of Themselves
Adolescence is a time for students to form their identity, but quarantines and school shutdowns disrupt that process, for good or bad.
Alyson Klein, October 12, 2021
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Conceptual image of students interacting.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center Middle and High School Students Need Social-Emotional Learning, Too. Are They Getting It?
Amid the pandemic, more schools say they are paying more attention to teenagers' social and emotional needs. Teens aren't so sure.
Arianna Prothero, October 12, 2021
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Student Well-Being Video The Awkward, Exciting, and Uncertain Transitions to Middle School, High School, and College
Students in 5th, 8th, and 12th grades anticipate their transition from pandemic schooling to a new level of education in the fall.
Jaclyn Borowski , Eric Harkleroad & Brooke Saias, May 25, 2021
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Student Well-Being Video Pandemic Transitions – A Group of California 5th Graders Anticipate Middle School
Fifth graders from Montclair Elementary in Oakland, Calif., reflect on their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brooke Saias, May 25, 2021
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Reading & Literacy Opinion How a Bathroom Log Helped One Middle School Understand Its Literacy Issues
Reading isn’t just a set of skills. Sometimes we need to explore other avenues to help us assist students to become better readers.
Seth Feldman, April 11, 2021
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Lonely middle school boy sits on windowsill at looking out the window.
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Student Well-Being What Student Age Groups Are Most Vulnerable to Pandemic-Related Trauma?
New research finds that young adolescents are the most vulnerable to long-term problems from trauma. Here's how schools can help.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 14, 2021
4 min read
Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Privacy & Security What Educators Really Need to Know About TikTok
Uber-popular with tweens and teens, the video-sharing platform on which users share short clips is raising concerns about student data privacy and national security.
Benjamin Herold, July 29, 2020
7 min read
Teacher Danielle Elliot wears a face mask while working with students in an arts and crafts class at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon, Calif.
Teacher Danielle Elliot wears a face mask while working with students in an arts and crafts class at Chase Avenue School in El Cajon, Calif.
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Student Achievement Districts' Summer School Plans on Shaky Ground
Only one-quarter of the nation’s school district leaders say they have fully developed plans to offer summer learning, according to an EdWeek Research Center survey.
Catherine Gewertz, June 4, 2020
6 min read
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Student Well-Being How Is COVID-19 Affecting Children's Health? 4 Questions Answered
The medical field's understanding of how the new coronavirus affects children and how they can spread it is rapidly evolving. Here’s the latest for school leaders weighing reopenings.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 26, 2020
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