KEARNEY — Middle schoolers are different from elementary and high school students.

They have their own educational and emotional needs.

That’s why Chandra Diaz, director of middle level education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, believes it’s important to train educators to work specifically with this group of adolescents.

“Often, those who want to teach know of the elementary education major and secondary education major, but rarely do they know of the middle level program,” said Diaz, an assistant professor in UNK’s College of Education. “We want that to change.”

Diaz is the adviser for a student organization formed earlier this semester with that goal in mind.

The Collegiate Middle Level Association, which

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