Betwixt and Between: Understanding and Meeting the Social and Emotional Development Needs of Students During the Middle School Transition Years

Betwixt and Between: Understanding and Meeting the Social and Emotional Development Needs of Students During the Middle School Transition Years


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Educators, parents, and those who work with middle school students in various settings will find this book to be a valuable addition to their library. Early adolescence is a time of tremendous change with the potential for positive development in the academic, social, and emotional domains; yet, often this age group struggles to adjust to the transition of middle school and the tasks that are required to be successful there. The authors — both of whom are seasoned educators and administrators — cover a variety of topics germane to positive development. These include social and emotional development, current research on the adolescent brain, and the academic challenges of entering middle school. There are also chapters on contemporary issues such as bullying, social media, and inclusive leadership. Parents will find suggestions for how to support their middle school child, and educators will discover a wealth of best practices to incorporate into their interactions with early adolescents and their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475808421
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. Nicholas D. Young has worked in diverse educational roles for over twenty years, including serving as a director of student services, principal, graduate professor, dean, and superintendent of schools. He holds numerous degrees from Austin Peay State University, Westfield State University, Western New England University, Union Institute & University, and American International College, including a Ph.D. in educational administration and an Ed.D. in psychology. Dr. Young has published widely, recently co-authoring Collapsing Educational Boundaries from Preschool to Ph.D.: Building Bridges Across the Educational Spectrum.

Dr. Christine N. Michael is a thirty-year educational veteran with a variety of professional experiences. She holds degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island College, Union Institute & University, and the University of Connecticut, where she earned a Ph.D. in education and human development and family relations. Previous work has included middle and high school teaching, higher education administration, college teaching, educational consulting, literacy development, Head Start, Upward Bound, GED preparation, and the federal Trio programs. She is currently the Program Director of Low Residency Programs at American International College.

Table of Contents

Understanding Social and Emotional Development and Difficulties in Middle School: An Introduction
Chapter 1: Social and Emotional Development during the Middle School Years: Theories and Educational Considerations
Chapter 2: The Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Brain: Current Research and Understandings
Chapter 3: The Pivotal Years: How Educators Can Assist Students with the Tasks and Perils of Middle School
Chapter 4: Social Media and Middle School-Age Development
Chapter 5: Middle School Parenting: Graduation Is Just around the Corner
Chapter 6: Teaching at the Middle School Level: Best Practices for Promoting Social and Emotional Development
Chapter 7: “We’ve Got Each Other’s Backs”: Promoting Social and Emotional Development through Inclusive Leadership
Chapter 8: “If You Really Knew Me”: An Effective, Middle School-Led Campaign to Stop Bullying
Chapter 9: Expanding the Application of Response to Intervention Strategies to Address Social-Emotional Difficulties in Middle School
About the Coeditors
About the Chapter Authors

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