The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is an organization for educators involved with students 10-15. Middle school is a time of rapid development and academic and social change. It is good to belong to a group where you can exchange ideas with other middle school teachers from across the country.
The Critical Thinking Community is a website with much to explore about how to teach students critical thinking. This is an area of education that is often ignored. Every grad level is included on this website. They include lesson plans, and there is a section on homeschooling. They also discuss the Common Core State Standards and learning.
Focus Adolescent Services is for the many teenagers struggle with learning problems and low self-esteem due to retention and a variety of reasons. The website addresses problems facing families with troubled, at-risk teens. It is an internet clearinghouse providing information and resources on a variety of teen and family issues. The Focus Adolescent Services Helpline is an information and referral service for troubled teens. It is not a general crisis hotline, but rather an information gathering resource. A directory to local and national hotlines and help is provided.
Focus Adolescent Services Helpline (M-F 9am to 5pm ET) 410-341-4216
MSP2 Middle School Portal 2Math &Science Pathways employs social networking and is a partner with the Ohio State University and others. It covers “standards-based” instruction, but the information is interesting and there are some freebies for teachers. It is worth exploring.
It’s My Life (PBS) has interesting links for middle school students to help with family, friends, school, body, emotions, and money. The information is engaging.
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has a lot of information about this serious issue. While professionals may disagree about how many students are dropping out of school, it is still problematic for teens or the family of the teen dropping out. This organization was started in 1986 and continues to be a clearinghouse of research, evaluation projects, publications and professional development activities. NDPC/N focuses on improving “academic, social, work, and healthy life skill” activities to help students stay in school and lead productive lives. State and local agencies are noted along with additional resources. Grant information is also provided. There are plenty of links to helpful information for any professional or parent concerned with this problem.
National Dropout Prevention Center
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1655
Voice: (864) 656-2599
Fax: (864) 656-0136