CAMLE 2018 – Owning It! Empowering Students and Teachers in the Middle Grades

Join middle level educators from across the state at the 2018 CAMLE Annual Conference, Owning It: Empowering Students & Teachers in the Middle Grades on Saturday, November 3 at Casey Middle School in Boulder, CO. Select from 32+ sessions presented by school practitioners, regional experts and national organizations.

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Seeking Presenters for CAMLE 2018 Annual Conference

On Saturday, November 3 2018 the Colorado Association of Middle Level Education will host it’s annual conference with the theme: Owning it! Empowering Students & Teachers in the Middle Grades.

Apply to Present today!  — Click to fill out your proposal — http://bit.ly/CAMLEPresent2018

Conference Focus – Ownership!

We are looking for dynamic and engaging 60 minute presentations focused on topics including but not limited to:

  • building student ownership
  • student motivation
  • self-reflection
  • formative assessment
  • providing quality feedback
  • goal setting
  • cooperative learning
  • collective staff efficacy
  • teacher collaboration
  • teacher teaming
  • teacher professional development
  • other systemic school structures that empower students and teachers!

Apply to Present today!  — Click to fill out your proposal — http://bit.ly/CAMLEPresent2018

Conference Location

The conference will be held at Casey Middle School, just steps from Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder . Casey Middle School, part of the Boulder Valley School District is a gorgeous school that blends traditional architecture from the 1920’s with 21st Century LEEDS design standards.

Casey  has been recognized as a Colorado School of Excellence in Arts Education and Colorado School to Watch in 2004 and 2006. Casey is a Formative Assessment School – All staff are trained in how to maximize student engagement, student thinking and student ownership. Teachers regularly use video to reflect on their instructional practices in professional learning teams. Casey offers a wide range of electives to engage learners: Leadership, Technology, Art, Baile Folklorico, Band, Guitar, Applied Science, Physical Education, Advanced Fitness, Publications and Orchestra. Casey provides AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programming, preparing first-generation college students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAMLE Announces 2018 Colorado Trailblazer “Schools to Watch”

The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education is pleased to announce its 2018 Colorado Trailblazer “Schools to Watch”:   Basalt Middle School, Russell Middle School and Wellington Middle School.

Each of these schools challenge students to use their minds well, create a positive learning environment sensitive to the unique developmental needs of early adolescence, and deliver a high-quality learning experience for every child. Wellington is one of 100+ schools that will be recognized nationwide at the National Schools to Watch Conference on June 29, 2018 in Washington, DC.

“Basalt, Russell and Wellington Middle Schools excel in providing rich, engaging, and rigorous student learning for every child. They have built a responsive, high quality middle school that is a model for our state,” explained Diane Lauer, State Director of the Colorado Schools to Watch program. “All three demonstrate that excellence is the result of intentional focus on the whole child and a strong partnerships with the community. A caring environment that cultivates student curiosity, strong social-emotional supports, and thoughtful intellectual development results in a dynamic school where students thrive!”

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. 

“Schools to Watch are special; they make education so exciting that students and teachers don’t want to miss a day. They are model middle-level schools and anyone can learn from their example,” said Ericka Uskali, Forum executive director of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. “We are pleased that our Schools to Watch program has 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 (http://www.middlegradesforum.org) that features online tours of schools, as well as detailed information about the selection criteria used in the recognition program.

Twenty states are currently involved in the program and the designation of Wellington, Russell, and Basalt raises the active number of National Schools to Watch to over 450 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)

Westview MS Site Visit – Feb 28

“Creating Opportunities for all Kids”

Join middle level educators from across the state to visit Westivew Middle School, an exemplar middle school that has been designated a Colorado and National School to Watch! Westivew is located in the foothills of beautiful west Longmont and is part of the St. Vrain Valley Schools.

Register – $60 per person or $50 per person for teams of 5 or more

Wednesday, February 28
9 AM – 2 PM

Participants will learn specific, replicable practices that can be implemented in other middle school settings. All site visits include a school tour, time to connect with teachers and students, and an onsite lunch.

Session Objectives

  • Become familiar with the National Forum’s “School to Watch” Critieria of Success
  • Identify the key attributes and cultural components of excellence at Westview Middle School
  • Understand Westview’s philosophy of Creating Opportunities for ALL Kids!
  • Gain insights from Westview’s use of Student-Teacher Progression, i.e, Looping
  • Observe Westview’s Integrated STEM Block in action
  • Learn proven strategies to “Tell Your Story” to market your school’s message

Register – $60 per person or $50 per person for teams of 5 or more

Hosted By:

Mark Spencer, Principal of Jenkins Middle School
David Baker, CAMLE Board Member and Professional Development Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley Schools

Agenda

  • 9:00 AM Start
  • Welcome and Overview of the Day
  • Introduction to the “Schools to Watch” Critieria
  • Overview of Westview’s Success Critieria
  • Tour of School
  • Lunch
  • Debrief Tour with Student/Teacher Panel
  • 2:00 PM Closure

Register – $60 per person or $50 per person for teams of 5 or more

Jenkins MS Site Visit – January 26

“Culture Counts in the Middle Grades”

Join middle level educators from across the state to visit Jenkins Middle School, an exemplar middle school that has been designated a Colorado and National School to Watch in 2011, 2014, and 2017! Jenkins is located in beautiful Colorado Springs and is part of Colorado Springs School District 11.

Register! $60 per person or $50 per person in teams of 5 or more

Friday, January 26
9 AM – 2 PM

Participants will learn specific, replicable practices that can be implemented in other middle school settings. All site visits include a school tour, time to connect with teachers and students, and an onsite lunch.

Session Objectives

  • Become familiar with the National Forum’s “School to Watch” Critieria of Success
  • Identify the key attributes and cultural components of excellence at Jenkins Middle School
  • Gain insights from Jenkins’ implementation of “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” in action
  • Understand Jenkin’s philosophy of building meaningful relationships with students
  • Learn what it means to facilitate “Instruction with a Purpose”
  • Be able to describe the Jenkins Effective Data-Driven PLCs process

Register! $60 per person or $50 per person in teams of 5 or more

Hosted By:

Darren Joiner, Principal of Jenkins Middle School
Julie Shue, CAMLE Board Member and Principal of Heroes K-8 Academy

Agenda

  • 9:00 AM Start
  • Welcome and Overview of the Day
  • Introduction to the “Schools to Watch” Critieria
  • Overview of Jenkins’ Success Critieria
  • Tour of School
  • Lunch
  • Debrief Tour with Student/Teacher Panel
  • 2:00 PM Closure

Register! $60 per person or $50 per person in teams of 5 or more

Apply to Present – CAMLE 2017

Thriving Learners, Compassionate Schools!

CAMLE is looking for excellent workshop sessions for their annual fall conference themed, “Thriving Learners, Compassionate Schools” on Saturday, November 4 held at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Fill out a Proposal to Present Deadline to apply June 15, 2017

Topics included, but not limited to: Building student resiliency, Voice & choice, Student motivation, Self-Regulation, Mindfulness, Social emotional learning, Authentic Learning, Growth mindsets, Advisory programs, Adolescent brain development and Classroom management.

CAMLE Announces 2017 Colorado Schools to Watch!

Congratulations to our 2017 Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch! CAMLE recognizes two new designations: Centennial Middle School & Longs Peak Middle School and two redesignations: Jenkins Middle School and Lesher Middle School.

2017 Colorado STW Media

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.

“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 of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. “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 redesignation of Lesher raises the active number of Schools to Watch to over 450 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)