New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

Resources addressing the issues of Social Justice, Racial Equity, and Cultural Bias

Essex County Community Foundation Recommendations

  1. When They Call You a Terrorist, Patrice Cullors & Asha Bandele

  2. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

  3. So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

  4. How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi


From the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  Links to:



Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond

Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and To—Students Every Day by Mica Pollock

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji


The Providence of Basketball by Rick Collins 



Remote Learning


Equity in Remote Learning (most of these I stumbled on while researching resources for the Middle School Team)

Learning How to Kiss a Frog is a classic which explains the characteristics of early adolescence in warm, down to earth terms. The book is a great resource for parents of middle school students, as well as for middle-level educators making decisions on curriculum and school organization.

Author, Dr. James P. Garvin is a former Executive Director of the New England League of Middle Schools as well as a past President of Association for Middle Level Education. Dr. Garvin has successfully guided numerous teachers, parents, and students through the frog pond of early adolescents.

Printed/Published by NELMS

Contact to order your copy!

New England League of Middle Schools
50 High Street, Suite 10
North Andover, MA 01845

Phone: (978) 557-9311

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