Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.
To comprehend their breadth and focus, the characteristics are grouped in three general categories:
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Characteristics
●Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them.
●Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning.
●Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant.
●Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches.
●Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it.
Leadership and Organization Characteristics
●A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision.
●Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational research, and
●Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration.
●Ongoing professional development reflects best educational practices.
●Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships.
Culture and Community Characteristics
●The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all.
●Every student’s academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate.
●Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of young adolescents.
●Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies.
●The school actively involves families in the education of their children.
●The school includes community and business partners.
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Middle School Science Minute
by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or email@example.com)
Josh Fullan wrote an article entitled, ”Pedestrian City,” for the magazine Green Teacher, summer edition
2012. The purpose of the article was to present a way that middle school students could investigate the
walkability of their urban neighborhoods. He presented three activities:
Learning Activity 1: Introduction to walking as a mode of transportation.
Learning Activity 2: Experiential lesson on walking in which the teacher leads the students on a
Learning Activity 3: Culminates the unit with a creative hands-on activity on walking in which students
create a hand-drawn map of a walk they do regularly.
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