Congratulations 2016 Colorado Schools to Watch!

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Four schools have been newly designated as 2016 Colorado Schools to Watch: Grand Valley Middle School (Parachute, CO), Rocky Heights Middle School (Highlands Ranch, CO), Polaris Expeditionary School (Fort Collins, CO), Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, CO), and one school Redesignated: Corwin International Magnet School (Pueblo, CO).

The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education recognizes Grand Valley for challenging students to use their minds well, being sensitive to the unique developmental needs of early adolescence and providing every student with a high-quality learning experience. Grand Valley is one of 100+ schools that will be recognized nationwide at the National Schools to Watch Conference on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.

“These schools demonstrate that high-performance is the result of intentional focus on the whole child. Each has created a personalized environment where students thrive!” explained Diane Lauer, State Director of the Colorado Schools to Watch program.

Selection is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum. State teams organized by the Colorado Schools to Watch program conduct site visits in order to affirm that they have indeed met the rigorous requirements of the award. These teams observe classrooms, interview administrators, teachers, and parents, review achievement data, suspension rates, instructional quality, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years must repeat the process in order to be re-designated.

“These Schools to Watch are indeed special; they make education so exciting that students and teachers don’t want to miss a day. They have proven that it is possible to achieve a high degree of educational excellence, and any middle-level school can truly learn from their example,” said Ericka Uskali, Forum executive director. “We are pleased that our Schools to Watch program have shown that schools can meet high academic expectations while preserving a commitment to healthy development and equity for all students,” Uskali said.

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the Forum. The Forum developed a web site (www.middlegradesforum.org) that features online tours of schools, as well as detailed information about the selection criteria used in the recognition program.

Nineteen states are currently involved in the program and the addition of these Grand Valley raises the total number of Schools to Watch to over 400 nationwide.

The National Forum sponsors the Schools to Watch state program with the support of members, the National Association for Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association of Middle Level Education, Learning Forward, and the State Schools to Watch programs.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of 65 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades. (www.middlegradesforum.org)

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CAMLE 2015 – Better Together: Building Community

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Join your colleagues from around the state as we learn and work together! Over 40 different sessions on the following topics will be presented by Colorado middle grades teachers and administrators

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  • Becoming a Highly Effective Team in the Middle Grades
  • Effective Communication and Consensus Building
  • Developing 21st Century Skills
  • Career Planning and Preparedness
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Inquiry
  • Formative Assessment Strategies
  • Increasing Student Engagement
  • Classroom Mangagment Strategies and Support

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Wellington Middle Honored as National “School to Watch”

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Wellington Middle School has been recognized as a 2015 Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch for the second time. The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education recognizes Wellington for challenging students to use their minds well, being sensitive to the unique developmental needs of early adolescence and providing every student with a high-quality learning experience. Wellington is one of 100 schools that will be recognized nationwide at the National Schools to Watch Conference on June 27, 2015 in Washington, DC.

WMiddle_School“Wellington demonstrates that high-performance is the result of intentional focus on the whole child. A learning community that cultivates persistence, self-inquiry, goal setting within a healthy and intellectually stimulating environment results in a dynamic setting where students thrive!explained Diane Lauer, State Coordinator of the Colorado Schools to Watch program. “Wellington recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensuring that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education and the support to excel.”

Selection is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum. State teams organized by the Colorado Schools to Watch (www.coloradoschoolstowatch.com) program conduct site visits in order to affirm that they have indeed met the rigorous requirements of the award. These teams observe classrooms, interview administrators, teachers, and parents, review achievement data, suspension rates, instructional quality, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years must repeat the process in order to be re-designated. Two additional Colorado schools will be redesignated this year as Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch: Fort Morgan Middle School (Fort Morgan School District) and Basalt Middle (Roaring Forks School District). One school, Westview Middle (St. Vrain Valley School District) has been designated for the first time.

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“These Schools to Watch are indeed special; they make education so exciting that students and teachers don’t want to miss a day. They have proven that it is possible to achieve a high degree of educational excellence, and any middle-level school can truly learn from their example,” said Dr. Deborah Kasak, Forum executive director. “We are pleased that our Schools to Watch program have shown that schools can meet high academic expectations while preserving a commitment to healthy development and equity for all students,” Kasak said.

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the Forum. The Forum developed a web site (www.middlegradesforum.org) that features online tours of schools, as well as detailed information about the selection criteria used in the recognition program.

Nineteen states are currently involved in the program and the addition of these 4 schools raises the total number of Schools to Watch to 400 nationwide.

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Westview Middle honored as new 2015 Colorado School to Watch Designee

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Westview Middle School has been recognized as a new 2015 Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch. The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education recognizes Westview for challenging students to use their minds well, being sensitive to the unique developmental needs of early adolescence and providing every student with a high-quality learning experience. Westview is one of 100 schools that will be recognized nationwide at the National Schools to Watch Conference on June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

WMS“Westview demonstrates that high-performance is the result of intentional focus on the whole child. A personalized environment that cultivates student curiosity, creativity, healthy physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development results in dynamic schools where students thrive!” explained Michelle Saller, Site Visitation Chair of the Colorado Schools to Watch program. “Westview recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensuring that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education.”

Selection is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum. State teams organized by the Colorado Schools to Watch (www.coloradoschoolstowatch.com) program conduct site visits in order to affirm that they have indeed met the rigorous requirements of the award. These teams observe classrooms, interview administrators, teachers, and parents, review achievement data, suspension rates, instructional quality, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years must repeat the process in order to be re-designated. Three schools will be redesignated this year as Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch: Basalt Middle School (Roaring Forks School District), Fort Morgan Middle School (Fort Morgan School District) and Wellington Middle (Poudre School District).All_at_theEnd_IMG_1036

“These Schools to Watch are indeed special; they make education so exciting that students and teachers don’t want to miss a day. They have proven that it is possible to achieve a high degree of educational excellence, and any middle-level school can truly learn from their example,” said Dr. Deborah Kasak, Forum executive director. “We are pleased that our Schools to Watch program have shown that schools can meet high academic expectations while preserving a commitment to healthy development and equity for all students,” Kasak said.

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the Forum. The Forum developed a web site (www.middlegradesforum.org) that features online tours of schools, as well as detailed information about the selection criteria used in the recognition program.

Nineteen states are currently involved in the program and the addition of these 4 schools raises the total number of Schools to Watch to over 350 nationwide.

The National Forum sponsors the Schools to Watch state program with the support of members, the National Association for Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association of Middle Level Education, Learning Forward, and the State Schools to Watch programs.

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The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of 65 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades. (www.middlegradesforum.org)

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Next Gen Learning Symposium for the Middle Grades

Real World, Right Now!

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As our students learn, process and produce more skills, it’s imperative we prepare the education workforce to design, connect and innovate.

On Thursday, October 9, St. Vrain Valley Schools will host a national convening for principals, teachers, administrators, and educational thought leaders. Activities include keynote speakers, interactive breakout sessions and round-table discussions focused on design thinking, connected learning and challenge-based learning.

Recipients of the prestigious i3 and Race to the Top Grant from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and St. Vrain will facilitate the conversation around preparing our schools for the next generation of middle school education.

Registration – rwrn.eventbrite.com


 

Agenda

A dynamic, interactive agenda allows participants to engage deeply into one of three Next Gen Learning Strands:

  • Design Thinking
  • Connected Learning
  • Challenge-based Learning

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Keynote Speaker

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Scott McLeod is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After 14 years as an Educational Leadership professor, Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa.

His Website: dangerouslyirrelevant.org

 

Featured Presenters

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