This stack is designed to provide educators with the tools to meet the intellectual, developmental, and social needs of young adolescents.

What You'll Demonstrate

You will demonstrate the essential components of academic excellence, social equity, developmental responsiveness, and organizational structures and processes in the middle grades.

Who Should Apply

  • P12 educators
  • Instructional coaches
  • Interventionists
  • Administrators
  • Education support professionals


Connecting Rigor to DOK

The educator employs rigorous learning experiences for middle level students at all levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) throughout the learning process.

Discovering Self-Interest

The educator demonstrates opportunities for students to explore areas of self-interest in academics.

Exercising Reflective Questioning

The educator builds essential critical thinking skills by exercising reflective questioning throughout the learning process.

Exploring Aptitudes in Academics

The educator demonstrates that they are providing opportunities for the learner to explore areas of aptitude in academics.

Facilitating Learner-Generated Questions

The educator facilitates the development of learner-generated questions using a standards-aligned, content-specific stimulus that piques the interest of and motivates middle level learners.

Facilitating Student Movement: Exiting the Classroom

The educator demonstrates an understanding of procedures encouraging effective and orderly student exit from the classroom.

Implementing Perspective Taking Routines

The educator implements perspective-taking thinking routines to pique the interest of middle level learners and meet the expectation of the state standard for developing an argument in the middle grades.

Supporting Student Academic Discourse

The educator supports student academic discourse utilizing content-specific talk stems.

Understanding Why Teaming Matters

The educator demonstrates an understanding of the role of teaming in the middle level.