Sound research-based strategies have made The Essential Middle School a must-have resource inservice middle school teachers for years. Now with even more applications in the planning and management sections , written by a practicing teacher, readers can easily see how research-based strategies can be applied in today's classrooms. Emphasis on new technologies and Internet resources are included, as well, making this a valuable resource for instructors and students alike. Strong emphasis on curricular, instructional and organizational issues of middle schools—How these affect teachers and learners, and less emphasis on the design, and development of middle schools. Better prepares teachers to understand the curriculum and the instructional issues of middle schools, which is where teachers live. Thorough coverage of the role of technology in today's middle schools. Inservice teachers' awareness and acceptance of the presence and impact of technology on classroom operations is brought into focus through this coverage. Thorough discussion of curriculum standards—The role of standards in teaching and learning in the middle school. Practicing teachers gain an understanding of the impact of standards in their classroom lives and how to address these standards. Up to date demographics—Affecting middle schools and the impact of demographics on instruction. New teachers can gain understanding of their students and learn how to individualize instruction for the variety of students they will teach. Coverage of the role of parents' involvement in their middle student's learning. Inservice teachers are enlightened to how they can incorporate parent presence in the educational experiences of their students.