On Thursday, September 14 Senators Tim Kaine and Shelley Moore Capito introduced the bipartisan Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act legislation that would expose middle school students to CTE programs focused on career exploration. It is good to know that the middle grades are on the minds of legislators in DC.
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.
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
The conference was a huge success! Participants were treated to yoga, a Q & A with Judith Brough via Skype, a panel discussion with Wisconsin teachers of the year, a variety of topical sessions, a keynote presented by Top 20 Training, and a plethora of door prizes! Those who attended had a great time and left with a bounty of information as they begin their journeys as middle-level educators. Thank you to all those who presented for being willing to share your expertise, knowledge, and experiences!
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