Middle School Leaders Network

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About the Middle School Leaders Network

A network dedicated to middle level leaders, who often face challenges unique to preparing students for high school. And who, let’s face it, put up with A LOT..….


NASSP membership not required to join.

Middle School Leaders Network Facilitators

Melissa Lime
Vice Principal
Freedom Crossing Academy
St. Johns, FL


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Darren Ellwein
Principal
Harrisburg High School
Harrisburg, SD


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Upcoming Network Meetings

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Middle School Leaders Network Meeting

February 13, 2023, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

Members of this network meet monthly via Zoom to talk about challenges unique to preparing students for high school. Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy Link Email More

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Principal of The Year Leadership Network Meeting

February 14, 2023, 5:00–6:00 p.m. ET

During this Zoom meeting, past State Principals of the Year and NASSP Digital Principals of the Year connect with each other. Learn more about the network here. Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy Link Email More

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Rural Schools Network Meeting

February 16, 2023, 6:00–7:00 p.m. ET

School leaders in rural communities strengthen their connections in this monthly online meeting. Learn more about the network here. Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy Link Email More

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Latest News

  • As our schools see increasing enrollments of Latino students, one thing many of those students aren’t seeing is school leaders who look like them. Latina leaders are especially underrepresented—something that Sonia Ruiz is keenly aware of. Ruiz, who is starting […]
  • Early adolescence is a critical developmental period, complete with numerous physical and cognitive changes as well as shifts in social relationships. Students must also navigate academic competition and an increase in social comparison among peers. These issues can potentially contribute […]
  • Beginning band was an exciting time for my middle level students. For many, it was the first time receiving musical instruction, playing an instrument, reading music, and working collaboratively to create art. This experience led students through a journey of […]
  • We are firmly within the 21st century, yet we still use phrases such as “21st-century skills” and “college and career readiness.” As leaders, it is high time that we refocus our vernacular to reframe the conversation around how we prepare […]
  • When you think of  the middle level years, you immediately envision awkward physical transitions, acne, loud voices, and quirky attitudes. Then when you picture college, you see young people who are approaching adulthood, finding themselves, and ambitious about their futures. […]