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State Association Honors Duquesne School of Education for Service to Middle School-Aged Students

The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education has recognized Duquesne University's School of Education with an award for distinguished service.

The school was chosen for this award because of its work in promotion of best practices for young adolescents, understanding these students' developmental uniqueness, and instilling in future educators the ability to plan for instruction to meet these developmental needs and sustain academic rigor in their classrooms.

"This award is significant in that it acknowledges the importance of attending to the learning and developmental needs of this particular age group-one that, until recently, had been under-recognized," said Dr. Jason Margolis, chair of Duquesne's Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education. "Additionally, the award acknowledges the particular work we have done here in the School of Education to build a program that addresses these learning needs in a systematic, innovative way."

Duquesne received the award at the organization's conference awards banquet. The organization, one of 50 state affiliates of the national Association for Middle Level Education, is dedicated to maximizing each student's achievement in a safe, innovative and developmentally appropriate environment through the promotion of best middle-level practices.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.