Sara Davis Powell is a teacher—from the middle school classroom to teacher preparation as a professor at Belmont Abbey College. She is a young adolescent advocate who writes about middle level teacher preparation, emphasizing a balance of theory and developmentally responsive and academically rigorous practice. Powell's An Introduction to Education: Choosing Your Teaching Path was published by Pearson in 2008 and is the textbook for initial education courses in colleges across the country. She is actively involved in local classrooms and the middle school community through professional development, supervising clinical interns, and conducting research and writing about middle level issues. She is also a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, where her enthusiasm for middle level education has proven contagious.
Chapter 1: What is a Middle School?
Chapter 2: Development of Middle Level Learners
Chapter 3: Diversity Among Middle Level Students
Chapter 4: Middle Level Teachers
Chapter 5: The Societal Context of Middle Level Education
Chapter 6: Structures of Middle level Education
Chapter 7: Middle Level Curriculum
Chapter 8: Middle Level Instruction
Chapter 9: Assessment for Middle Level Learners
Chapter 10: Planning for Teaching and Learning
Chapter 11: Maintaining a Positive, Productive Learning Environment
Chapter 12: They Are All Our Children