Leading through Middle Level Education Month
The middle school years, ages 10 to 15, are a time of some of the most rapid changes in physical, intellectual, and moral growth for humans, second only to the growth that occurs from birth to age two. The skills, habits, and values established during this time of life will directly impact a student’s chances to be a lifelong learner ready for college, career, citizenship, and a bright future. For our students to be academically and personally successful, a supportive environment both at home and at school is required.
That’s why NAESP is proud to celebrate March as Middle Level Education Month (MLEM), an annual recognition that provides a special opportunity to focus on the middle grades. As an association dedicated to serving elementary and middle-level principals, we recognize the impact principals can have on middle grade students.
In honor of Middle Level Education Month, here are four articles from Principal magazine’s “Ten to Teen” column, which focuses on the special needs and characteristics of leading middle schools:
- “Leading Through a School Restructure” by Dion Stevens
One school’s journey from serving grades 5-8 to one serving 4-6, sharing the differences, challenges, and lessons learned.
- “Elementary Tactics to Ease Transition Stress” by Indra Bullock
The jump from elementary to middle school can be stressful for many students, but AP Indra Bullock offers strategies to make them feel comfortable as possible.
- “Social-Emotional To-Dos for Middle Schools” by Ailin Ku
Social-emotional skills are essential for student success, and requires different strategies for different grade levels.
- “Seven Ways to Help Struggling Readers” by Carole Meyer
A middle-level principal breaks down the seven strategies that made her school’s reading intervention program a success.
You can find other Ten to Teen articles like this in the Principal archives. For more resources on how to celebrate Middle Level Education Month, visit the Association for Middle Level Education’s MLEM page.