California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Recommendations in Action

Turning Recommendations into Reality
for Middle Grades Students

Middle grades educators must be masters of content, understand the heads and the hearts of young adolescents, and match their instructional strategies to the needs of their students. Explore Recommendations in Action to discover:

  • methods and practices for helping students succeed and
  • ideas and topics for team discussions and collaboration.

The following are links to a variety of "Recommendations in Action" in Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII):

  • Adolescent Development Index: Twelve research-based Adolescent Development essays explain the stages of young adolescent development as they pertain to each of the California Department of Education's (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
  • Practices in the Spotlight Index: Access a rich collection of vignettes spotlighting school practices that illustrate one or more aspects of the CDE's 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
  • Professional Learning Activities Index: The Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII) “Professional Learning Activities” are designed to help educators implement one or more of the CDE's 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
  • Videos Index: View a rich collection of video vignettes of school practices that illustrate one or more aspects of the CDE's 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
  • Evidence Checklists Index: Gauge your school community’s progress in enacting the CDE’s 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
  • Initiatives Crosswalks Index: Each crosswalk relates state and national initiatives to one of the CDE’s 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.
  • Targeted Resources Index: Access online and print resources organized to support discussion and professional collaboration related to each of the CDE's 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.

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