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

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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.

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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)

 

 

 

Congratulations 2016 Colorado Schools to Watch!



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.

 

CAMLE 2015 – Better Together: Building Community

Register Today!

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

Register Today!

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.