Middle School

How do you build belonging in your school and your school community?

This post is a collaboration between a group of middle school leaders from across the country. Periodically, these passionate and dedicated middle school principals share their thoughts on issues of relevance for those “in the middle”.  ######################################################## Dennis Schug, Middle School Principal, Long Island, NY EVERY ACTION presents opportunities for us to demonstrate our values.…

Running Fartleks

This post is a collaboration between a group of middle school leaders from across the country.  Periodically, these passionate and dedicated middle school principals share their thoughts on issues of relevance for those “in the middle”.   Name one characteristic of all great middle school leaders. There are many roles leaders play in education.  Undoubtedly, positions…

Who is Your Go-to Person?

This post is a collaboration between a group of middle school leaders from across the country.  Periodically, these passionate and dedicated middle school principals share their thoughts on issues of relevance for those “in the middle”.   Working at the middle-level is uniquely challenging.  Nobody can do it alone.   Who is your “go to” person? Dennis…

Lessons in Gratitude: Edcamp Long Island

It turns out, what an old friend and mentor told me is true: Life moves fast. And if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss it. I guess time does actually fly, regardless of whether or not you’re having fun. The last five years have gone by in what feels like the blink of an eye.…

What Are Some “Essentials” for Middle School Educators, Teachers or Leaders, at the Beginning of the School Year?

This post is a collaboration between a group of middle school leaders from across the country.  Periodically, these passionate and dedicated middle school principals share their thoughts on issues of relevance for those “in the middle”.   ******************************************************************************************* The 2019-20 school year started over the past month across the country.  What are some “essentials” for middle…

Non Negotiables in Middle School

In the spring, our staff worked collaboratively to identify a climate and culture goal for the 2019-20 School Improvement Plan. As part of the process, we did a compare/contrast on Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville. This school was featured in Edutopia’s School Climate section. We spent a considerable time reflecting on where we were…

Standing Tall with @StandTallSteve

Recently, our school hosted Stand Tall Steve for a motivational assembly and it had such an impact on our school I had to blog about it. Maybe your school could benefit from his enthusiasm and message. Stand Tall Steve is focused on inspiring students and educators to “Stand up” as leaders, innovators and learners. Throughout…

Using Google Classroom to combat information overload for staff

Teachers have an unbelievably long list (that grows each year) of information, deadlines and requirements. How can administrators (who have a growing list themselves) create a platform to streamline all this information? I have been using Google Classroom the past two years to try to combat this information overload. Here are 4 things I’ve learned…

Top 5 Posts from 2018

Each year I take some time to reflect on the blog posts on this site. It is a very cathartic process as I re-read the posts from the year, and it also inspires me to keep blogging. At it’s core, this blog serves as a digital footprint of my year as a learner! Here are…