Two Schools, Two States, One Shared Goal

On October 18, 2018 leaders from Stevenson Middle School in Melrose Park, Illinois hosted teachers and administrators from Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a day of sharing between two schools in states affiliated with the Schools to Watch initiative and National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Lawrence is facilitating a comprehensive middle school review to analyze current programming and curriculum using the Schools to Watch Self-Study and Rating [...]

Two Schools, Two States, One Shared Goal2018-11-02T13:26:02+00:00

AIMS Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Weibler

Jessica Weibler is no stranger to the AIMS Network. A long-time member and newly-appointed board member, Weibler believes strongly that access to fellow educators contributes to her success as a teacher. “Just by having access to this network of amazing teachers across Illinois is a reason to be a part of AIMS. I can't tell you how many times I've been able to bounce ideas off of other teachers, steal the great things that I've [...]

AIMS Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Weibler2018-11-02T13:30:31+00:00

AIMS Announces the 2018 Network Institute

The Association of Illinois Middle Grade-Schools (AIMS) will again present the AIMS Network Institute on December 6, 2018 at National Louis University, Lisle campus. AIMS is excited to feature an extensive lineup of talented Illinois educators speaking on timely topics for the modern middle school! Join us to learn about skills-based reporting, personalized learning, data-driven instruction, peer-to-peer programming, social emotional learning, Google apps, curriculum helps and ways to use drama in the classroom. This unique [...]

AIMS Announces the 2018 Network Institute2018-10-17T16:40:00+00:00

Call for 2018 Summer Splash Presenters

Call for Presentations The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) is seeking presenters (individuals or teams) for the 2018 Summer Splash event scheduled for Wednesday, August 1st at Chiddix Junior High in Normal, Illinois. Presenting at Summer Splash is an opportunity to celebrate your success and best practices with colleagues from around the state. Presentations focusing on social emotional learning support strategies, student growth mindset, resiliency, student efficacy, technology, and student advocacy are welcome. [...]

Call for 2018 Summer Splash Presenters2018-05-24T15:31:20+00:00

2018-19 Schools to Watch Information

It’s time to apply for the 2018-19 school year! The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to work in conjunction with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in the administration of the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch Programs. Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch (STW) demonstrates academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes designed to support a trajectory toward excellence. To apply for STW recognition, or redesignation, for the 2018-19 [...]

2018-19 Schools to Watch Information2018-05-23T16:49:22+00:00

Congratulations to the 2018 New and Re-designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch

Newly Designated: Olympia Middle School. Stanford, IL Stevenson Middle School. Melrose Park, IL Re-designated: Emerson Middle School. Niles, IL (Re-designation III) Granger Middle School. Aurora, IL (Re-designation III) Hickory Creek Middle School. Frankfort, IL (Re-designation III) Highland Middle School. Libertyville, IL (Re-designation I) Jack London Middle School. Wheeling, IL (Re-designation III) For more information on Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch, visit the Schools to Watch page on this website. To find out how your school can become an Illinois [...]

Congratulations to the 2018 New and Re-designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch2018-04-20T18:46:01+00:00

Middle Grades short story writing contest

Author of Last in a Long Line of Rebels, Lisa Lewis Tyre is sponsoring her annual contest THE BERTIE. Open to middle grades students, with $600 in prize money. Guidelines: The submission window is between September 1 and September 30 Writers may submit only one story per contest year Stories must be written by only one writer Writers must be ages 10, 11, 12, or 13 years old Previously submitted or published stories will not be accepted [...]

Middle Grades short story writing contest2017-08-25T14:59:48+00:00
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