HEADLINES & HISTORY
Congratulations to the inaugural team of participants in the Wisconsin Schools to Watch training hosted by the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education. What a great way to kick of the 2017-2018 school year for your middle-level students.
Thank you to the district and building leaders who made this happen. Thank you to State Superintendent Tony Evers and DPI liaison Mark Mueller for their strong support. Thank you to Jason Tadlock and Bryan Frost for graciously hosting this event at Elkhorn Area Middle School.
With more than 400 of the brightest minds in education presenting research-based practices in more than 60 different topics, you will return to your school or classroom inspired and equipped with proven strategies to improve instruction and help students achieve. Among the more than 500 conference sessions, you'll find sessions on using Technology for learning, understanding Young Adolescent Development, implementing Curriculum Integration, student-driven Assessment, helping At-Risk Students, STEM, Project-Based Learning, and more than 50 additional topics.
Register now to get the best rate, and teams get every fifth person free! Visit www.amle.org/annual for more conference details.
As the middle of May rolls around, there is a feeling of excitement in the air! Students are starting to get a bit rambunctious, knowing summer is just around the corner. Teachers are tired and stressed, but are thinking about ways for their students to extend learning over the summer. Parents fill with trepidation as they anticipate the next three months.
With this in mind, WAMLE, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English (WCTE), would like to encourage summer reading. Whether you are a parent looking for a new way to connect with your middle level child, a student working to earn great prizes in a summer reading program, or a teacher catching up on the latest literary craze, summer is a perfect time for reading
Check out the “Great Middle School Reads” book list from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison (CCBC). “The CCBC helps librarians, teachers, child care providers and others navigate the abundance of choices to locate the best books possible to meet their needs.”
Teachers, this list is full of great books to recommend to help prevent the summer slide.
Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
Wisconsin Background Information
During the past six years, there has been interest in developing a Schools to Watch (STW) program in Wisconsin. Currently, past and present members of the WAMLE Board are working with the WI DPI, Ericka Uskali the Executive Director of the National Forum, and interested superintendents and principals to add Wisconsin to the list of 17 states that have already become Schools to Watch states.
If you would like to learn more about how being involved with STW could improve outcomes for your early adolescents, please contact either Dr. Ann Yehle email@example.com or Shelley Joan Weiss firstname.lastname@example.org.
State superintendent, Tony Evers, proclaims March as National Middle Level Education Month
March is National Middle Level Education Month
Join WAMLE on February 9, at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators 2017 Middle and High School Principals Convention in Green Bay. WAMLE board members will lead a roundtable discussion of professional, research-based articles and information focused on best practices and the essential elements of an effective middle level school.
UW-La Crosse Principal Certification Program
Interested in serving the field of education as a principal? If so, consider checking out the UWL Principal Certification program at https://www.uwlax.edu/Professional-Studies-in-Education/Educational-Leadership-Certificate-(ELC)-%E2%80%93-Principalship-5051/
This is a post-masters program that spans 18 months. A new cohort of aspiring principals begins each fall, spring, and summer. Courses meet online and are led by doctoral level faculty and adjuncts with experience as principals.
For more information contact Dr. Ann Yehle email@example.com.