Middle School

Education news, analysis, and opinion about schools typically serving 6th to 8th grades and the students who attend them
A student gives middle school principal Felipé Jackson a hug in the cafeteria.
A student gives middle school principal Felipé Jackson a hug in the cafeteria at Bear Creek Middle School in Fairburn, Ga.
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School & District Management Middle School Is Tough, But These Principals Like It Best of All
Middle school is a roller coaster for principals leading kids still finding their footing academically, emotionally, and socially.
Denisa R. Superville, November 11, 2022
8 min read
Seventh grader Camdyn Fields and principal Felipé Jackson shoot basketballs in the principal's office. Fields won a bet about a football game with Jackson and got to order Chick-Fil-A and hangout in his office during lunch.
Seventh grader Camdyn Fields and principal Felipé Jackson shoot basketballs in the principal's office. Fields won a bet about a football game with Jackson and got to order Chick-Fil-A and hangout in his office during lunch.
Dustin Chambers for Education Week
School & District Management How to Survive—and Thrive—As a Middle School Principal
Middle school leadership requires a well of empathy and patience. Veterans share tips for leaders in this crucial transition period.
Denisa R. Superville, November 11, 2022
7 min read
A black female teacher cheerfully answers questions and provides assistance to her curious and diverse group of adolescent students as they work on an assignment in class.
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Student Well-Being Middle School Is Tough for Kids. Here's What Districts Can Do to Help
Focus on relationships, coherence of services, and ensuring kids hit critical academic targets for high school success, a new brief concludes.
Sarah Schwartz, November 4, 2022
3 min read
Teacher Lauren Cheney talks with a student in a T.E.A.M. Day School (Targeting Emotional Aptitude Mindfully) classroom at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, New Jersey on October 4, 2022.
Teacher Lauren Cheney talks with a teenager in a school program for students with severe anxiety and school avoidance at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, N.J.
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Student Well-Being Addressing the Link Between Anxiety, Depression, and Student Attendance
Issues such as severe anxiety and depression can have a direct effect on school avoidance and attendance issues.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 17, 2022
7 min read
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Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, outside their home in Plano, Texas.
Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, stand outside their home in Plano, Texas. Curtis talks about the challenges of ensuring quality schooling and her discomfort with the state and district’s rollback of mandatory masking.
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School Climate & Safety In Their Own Words 'COVID Is Not Over Us': As Pandemic Lingers, a Texas Mother's Dismay Deepens
A mother describes her frustrations over masking policies, staffing shortages, and the quality of education her honor roll son has received.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 25, 2022
7 min read
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Teaching Opinion Advice From Middle School Students—and Teachers—to Educators
Here are some things middle school teachers can do to help their students: Let them talk, bring on laughter, and celebrate their successes.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 25, 2022
7 min read
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Teaching Opinion Advice for New Middle School Teachers From Four Veterans
Emphasizing relationships with students and teacher self-care, along with showing love are some pieces of advice from veterans.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 23, 2022
11 min read
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.
Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
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.
Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
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.
Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
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.
Mary Haasdyk for Education Week
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
6 min read