WISCONSIN SCHOOLS TO WATCH
Wisconsin Schools to Watch
a program of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform
Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Wisconsin became a Schools to Watch state in 2017. Wisconsin Schools to Watch seeks to identify high-performing middle grades schools in Wisconsin. Schools across the country that are committed to a journey of excellence are identified based on their levels of implementation of the 4 domains of the program:
They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.
At this time Wisconsin is developing our program. Once schools schools become part of the program they will serve as models and mentors for other schools in the state while, at the same time, continuing their own journey of excellence.
WI STW Application - Coming soon!
October 2017 Update
WI Schools to Watch Press Release
Schools to Watch Rubric
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of over 60 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting the academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents.
MISSION: The National Forum unites key stakeholders to speak with a common voice to leverage research, policy, leadership, and replicable model practices to drive middle grades reform.
VISION: In order to prepare students to be ready for college, career, and citizenship, the National Forum seeks to make every middle grades school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable.