Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)

Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)

Changing By The Minute: Documenting the Middle School Moment

The middle school years are a pivotal time, calling for heightened attention to the physical, social and emotional, and mental well-being of students. During this time, kids gain independence as they develop their identity and outlook on the world, all while also facing increased academic and peer pressure.

Changing By The Minute (CBTM), a research-based documentary toolkit, lifts the curtain to reveal authentic interactions of 10 to 15-year-olds recorded over a school year, allowing viewers to hear – unfiltered – from students about their social and emotional lives. It provides a jumping-off point for facilitated discussion about adolescent development and identity. The film provides an honest conversation starter for building supportive learning environments, cultivating kids’ social and executive functioning skills, and putting social-emotional learning (SEL) into practice.

Developed by an award-winning documentary filmmaker, CBTM is a collaborative effort of subject matter experts in child development, psychology, middle level education, and teacher education. Since 2021, it has been utilized by Chicago Public Schools, The Youth-Nex Center at University of Virginia, as well as other universities and national associations across the country.

With support from All Points North Foundation, the toolkit will be made available to the Association of Middle Level Education’s (AMLE) 35,000 members, including educators at public, private, and charter schools across the country as well as aspiring teacher and school counselor candidates. The toolkit can be used in a variety of ways including to engage students and families directly and for professional development with per-service and in-service educators and after-school program staff.

The toolkit will support the professional development efforts AMLE conducts at hundreds of schools each year. To further expand the reach, train-the-trainer sessions will be conducted at AMLE’s national and regional affiliate meetings to equip educators to implement the toolkit in their own school communities.

Photo credit: AMLE

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