The Successful Middle School builds upon many decades of commitment to the middle school concept. The fifth edition of AMLE’s landmark position paper amplifies the importance of responding both to young adolescents’ developmental needs and to their social identities. The edition’s release amidst a global pandemic and increasing protests against racial injustice reminds us that responding to the full diversity of student experience is not optional. It is critical to helping young adolescents--and indeed the world--to thrive, now and in the future.

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Lisa Harrison, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Middle Childhood Education at Ohio University where she also serves as Middle Childhood Education program coordinator. A former middle school mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, New York, she is chair of the Association for Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) Professional Preparation Committee, co-editor of Middle School Journal, and serves as a member of the AMLE Board of Trustees. She also serves as vice chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Middle Level Education Research SIG. Dr. Harrison has co-edited several books, including Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in the Middle Grades (Information Age Publishing). Her scholarship focuses on black adolescents’ identity construction, teacher education preparation, and teaching for social justice.

Penny Bishop, Ed.D is Professor of Middle Level Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches future middle grades educators and conducts research on schooling for young adolescents. As founding director of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, Dr. Bishop has served as principal investigator on numerous grants, bringing over $13 million dollars to Vermont schools to improve the learning and lives of middle grades students. A former middle level English and social studies teacher, Penny has served as chair of the Association for Middle Level Education's Research Advisory Board and as chair of the American Educational Research Association's group on Middle Level Education Research. She is co-author of six books on effective middle grades practice. Penny previously served as policy advisor on fellowship to the New Zealand Ministry of Education, providing input and research on effective schooling policies for students in the middle years in that country.



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