Over the past two years, middle school advocates have been sharing their thoughts on the following prompt: “What drives your spirit and commitment to middle level education?” The purpose has been to capture ‘the spirit’ of middle school* educators?’ From these stories five characteristics emerged that can help us consider how to promote the next generation of middle school leaders. Perhaps using the findings from this exercise can help us advocate for the next generation of middle school leaders. * For the purpose of this study, middle school refers to those who work with 10-15 year olds and includes intermediate schools, a K-8, middle schools, junior highs, or 9th grade academies.
Nancy is the Chair of the Education Department at UNC Asheville. A middle school math teacher for 18 years, Nancy has been the president of National Professors of Middle Level Education (NAPOMLE) and the president of the Board of Trustees for the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). She has worked as a district coach and math and science teacher with middle school students, teachers, and administrators in K-8, middle school, junior high school in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as well as at the laboratory school at the University of Florida. She can be reached at email@example.com
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"What Drives your Spirit and Commitment to Middle Level Education? Exploring a Middle School Mindset,"
Current Issues in Middle Level Education: Vol. 25:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cimle/vol25/iss1/7