Education news, analysis, and opinion about schools typically serving 6th to 8th grades and the students who attend them
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.