The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

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.

In order to prepare students to be lifelong learners 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.

To accomplish its goal of improved academic and developmental outcomes for all students in the middle grades, the Forum identifies and disseminates best practices, articulates and promotes effective policies, recognizes and develops enlightened leadership, and informs and engages the public. Read more . . .

Through its Schools to Watch® (STW) program, the Forum has developed criteria for identifying high-performing middle-grades schools, created tools to help schools use the criteria, expanded the program to 18 states, and selected and honored 200 successful schools across the country during the Annual STW Conference. Visit the Schools to Watch website for more information.

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2012 Schools to Watch Conference

June 21-23, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Washington, DC

Mark your calendars now for the 2012 STW Conference June 21-23 in Washington, DC. where high performing schools from around the country will gather and share best practices for advancing academic excellence, developmental responsiveness and social equity.

January 2012 registration opens for the 2012 STW Conference.

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Rethinking Middle School Education
The Middle School years are a hormone-fueled, socially-charged, technology-obsessed time of life. Now, new brain research and emerging technology trends are combining to encourage educators re-think how to best engage eleven to fourteen year olds in learning, and and prepare them for life in a complex world.

The Kojo Nnandi show on NPR featured a conversation about how and why reforming middle school is becoming a priority in our region and around the country. Click here for more information. Guests included:

Margaret Walsh, Executive Director, Secondary Programs, Alexandria City Public Schools
Vicky Lake-Parcan, Principal, Silver Spring International Middle School
Gayle Andrews, Associate Professor, Middle Grades Education Program, University of Georgia; President-elect, National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform; co-author, Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the Twenty-first Century
Invitation to Apply for the Schools to Watch State Program
Each year the National Forum invites state middle-grades associations, state departments of education, post-secondary institutions, and other collaborating organizations to join us in expanding our STW program. Through this program, we seek to provide state and local leaders in selected states with a unique professional learning opportunity, while at the same time identifying and honoring middle-grades schools that are on a solid trajectory toward reform. Request for Application form is now available.

Download the Application Here (PDF)

Mathematics Improvement Toolkit
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform is proud to have a Toolkit devoted to improving mathematics instruction in the middle grades. The Mathematics Improvement Toolkit provides a variety of professional development opportunities for middle grades mathematics educators serving diverse student populations. From workshops, to teacher guides and online resources, the tools provide a strong foundation on which to build stronger mathematics instruction for adolescent learners.

The tools include universal design curriculum modules, moderated online professional development, and
workshops focusing on teaching high-level math to English language learners, collaboration and co-teaching, and language in the math classroom. The Toolkit was designed by leading national organizations with the characteristics of strong professional development in mind. The tools:

Tap into the expertise of skilled professionals within districts;
Incorporate the resources needed for rich professional development experiences;
Provide a variety of options to meet the range of needs and schedules of schools and districts; and
Feature active and interactive experiences that have been tested and refined in response to
input from teachers in the field.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

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.

In order to prepare students to be lifelong learners 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.

To accomplish its goal of improved academic and developmental outcomes for all students in the middle grades, the Forum identifies and disseminates best practices, articulates and promotes effective policies, recognizes and develops enlightened leadership, and informs and engages the public. Read more . . .

Through its Schools to Watch® (STW) program, the Forum has developed criteria for identifying high-performing middle-grades schools, created tools to help schools use the criteria, expanded the program to 18 states, and selected and honored 200 successful schools across the country during the Annual STW Conference. Visit the Schools to Watch website for more information.

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2011 Schools to Watch Conference

June 23-25, 2011
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Washington, DC

Mark your calendars now for the 2011 STW Conference June 23-25 in Washington, DC. where high performing schools from around the country will gather and share best practices for advancing academic excellence, developmental responsiveness and social equity.

Click here to view the Exhibitor Prospectus for the 2010 STW Conference.

January 2011 registration opens for the 2011 STW Conference.

Click here to view the 2010 Schools to Watch Conference Brochure

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Rethinking Middle School Education
The Middle School years are a hormone-fueled, socially-charged, technology-obsessed time of life. Now, new brain research and emerging technology trends are combining to encourage educators re-think how to best engage eleven to fourteen year olds in learning, and and prepare them for life in a complex world.

The Kojo Nnandi show on NPR featured a conversation about how and why reforming middle school is becoming a priority in our region and around the country. Click here for more information. Guests included:

Margaret Walsh, Executive Director, Secondary Programs, Alexandria City Public Schools
Vicky Lake-Parcan, Principal, Silver Spring International Middle School
Gayle Andrews, Associate Professor, Middle Grades Education Program, University of Georgia; President-elect, National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform; co-author, Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the Twenty-first Century.
Invitation to Apply for the Schools to Watch State Program
Each year the National Forum invites state middle-grades associations, state departments of education, post-secondary institutions, and other collaborating organizations to join us in expanding our STW program. Through this program, we seek to provide state and local leaders in selected states with a unique professional learning opportunity, while at the same time identifying and honoring middle-grades schools that are on a solid trajectory toward reform. Request for Application form is now available.

Download the Application Here (PDF)

Mathematics Improvement Toolkit
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform is proud to have a Toolkit devoted to improving mathematics instruction in the middle grades. The Mathematics Improvement Toolkit provides a variety of professional development opportunities for middle grades mathematics educators serving diverse student populations. From workshops, to teacher guides and online resources, the tools provide a strong foundation on which to build stronger mathematics instruction for adolescent learners.

The tools include universal design curriculum modules, moderated online professional development, and
workshops focusing on teaching high-level math to English language learners, collaboration and co-teaching, and language in the math classroom. The Toolkit was designed by leading national organizations with the characteristics of strong professional development in mind. The tools:

Tap into the expertise of skilled professionals within districts;
Incorporate the resources needed for rich professional development experiences;
Provide a variety of options to meet the range of needs and schedules of schools and districts; and
Feature active and interactive experiences that have been tested and refined in response to
input from teachers in the field.
To lean more, visit http://www.middlegrademath.org/

Schools selected in 2010

90 exemplary middle-grades schools have been named “Schools to Watch” as part of an nineteen state recognition and school improvement program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Having established partnerships with education leaders in these states, the Forum today announced the names of schools in each state that meet its strict criteria. Read the Press Release.

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National Organizations Recognize Importance of New Middle Grades Research
Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better

Improving School and Classroom Practice

Schools to Watch® (STW): The National Forum has identified a list of criteria to describe high-performing schools that serve students in the middle grades. Such schools are academically excellent, responsive to the developmental changes of young adolescents, and socially equitable, with high expectations for all students. After a rigorous national search, in 1999-2000 the Forum selected four Schools to Watch® that exemplified many of the criteria: Jefferson Middle School (Champaign, Illinois), Barren County Middle School (Glasgow, Kentucky), Freeport Intermediate School (Freeport, Texas), and Thurgood Marshall Middle School (Chicago, Illinois). These schools have since received national recognition for their programs and practices and have been featured by the National Forum in case studies and online tours. In collaboration with NMSA, NAESP, NASSP, and the NSDC, the National Forum piloted its Schools to Watch® State program in 2002, providing extensive training to middle-grades leaders in California, Georgia, and North Carolina and equipping them to run STW programs in their states. In 2003 Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, and Virginia, joined the program. New York and Ohio joined in 2004. Michigan and Arkansas joined in 2005 with Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah joining in 2006. The Forum continued to expand the program in 2007 with New Jersey and Oregon and then in 2008 with Florida.
Learn more . . .
Comprehensive School Reform (CSR): The National Forum counts among its membership developers of several comprehensive school reform models aimed at bringing about whole-school change. These CSR models are unique because they focus on the middle-grades. A USDE Grant was awarded to the National Forum and in 2006 four of its CSR partners began to develop a high-quality mathematics enhancement toolkit.
Learn more . . .

Engaging Key Stakeholders

By continually speaking with one voice and informing stakeholders about the need for educators to adopt new policies, programs, and instructional practices, the Forum changes the discourse about middle-grades education and mobilizes others to act on behalf of the nation’s middle-grades schools.

Advocacy: The message of the middle grades role in student success in high school and beyond is a priority effort. The National Forum unites with other partners to bring the voice of middle grades to federal policy makers. This united effort resulted in the introduction fo the Success in the Middle Act in the House and Senate in 2007.

Policy Statements: The Forum prepares policy statements and recommendations on critical education issues, including ability grouping, preparation and certification for middle-grades teachers, high-stakes testing, small learning communities, and grade configuration. The Forum disseminates these recommendations broadly to facilitate reforms.

Postsecondary Access: The Forum also seeks to unite stakeholders in promoting education beyond high school for middle-grades students. With funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Forum and the League of United Latin American Citizens launched the PALMS Project (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students). Through PALMS, the Forum and its partners identify programs that are effectively reaching the parents of Latino middle-grades students with information about how to prepare their children for college. More . . .

National Conferences: The Forum seeks continuing opportunities to bring together policy makers and other education leaders. Each June at the National Forum Schools to Watch® Conference, all new and redesignated STW schools bring the middle grades message to the Hill.

Another example was in the summer of 2002, in conjunction with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Forum convened a meeting of state education officials, policy makers, and advocates to explore the opportunities provided by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to improve the teaching and achievement of young adolescents.

Leadership Development

A high priority of the National Forum is strengthening the capacity of current and future middle-grades leaders. To spur middle-grades school improvement in the South, the National Forum convened key education leaders as part of the Southern Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. This Forum sought to improve middle-grades education in 10 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In 2003, John Harrison and Associates took over as the host organization for this group. The National, Southern, and other regional Forums plan to remain closely linked in the future.

To assist those who share its vision for high-performing schools and wish to increase the pace of middle-grades reform, the National Forum has developed a variety of tools, including a leadership development curriculum which is now available for purchase. The Forum ran a Leadership Institute based on this program in the spring of 2003. In the spring of 2005, the National Forum co-sponsored the Governor William Winter Principal’s Leadership Institute with Mid South Middle Start and the Southern Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform which featured the Forum’s Leadership Training Curriculum.

Policy and Research

Members of the National Forum conduct research on critical education issues that affect the daily lives of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. As a body, the Forum also prepares and disseminates policy statements to spur discussion and help others address these issues.

Research
Over the past several years, the membership of the National Forum have raised questions and issues directly related to middle grades’ research. A Research Committee was formed in early 2006 to propose a Research Agenda for its work to support the vision of the National Forum.
Read more . . .

Indicators of Middle School Implementation: How Do Kentucky’s Schools to Watch Measure Up?
This research article on Kentucky’s Schools to Watch (STW) and how they are measuring up, written by Chris Cook,Shawn Faulkner, and Lenore Kinne from Northern Kentucky University, has been published in Research in Middle Level Education Online. In the article the authors report and analyze the findings of their research that looked at the perceived level of implementation of the middle level concepts in both schools designated as a Kentucky STW and non-designated ones. In the study the authors also compared the academic performance of the two groups. The research does show a slight difference in both the level of perceived implementation of middle school concepts and student achievement between schools designated a STW and the non-designated schools. The schools designated as a STW had a greater level of implementation and student achievement was higher. In their concluding remarks the authors make several significant recommendations. Read the complete article.

Policy Statements
The Forum seeks to engage key stakeholders in the critical issues of middle-grades reform. We realize that for changes to occur at the school and classroom level, policy makers must provide support to middle-grades schools. To accelerate these changes, the Forum develops and disseminates policy statements on issues that have a direct impact on middle-grades education.
Read more . . .

Tools and Resources

Leadership Curriculum
The National Forum places a high priority on strengthening the capacity of current and future middle-grades leaders. To this end, it has developed a leadership development curriculum to assist those who wish to increase the pace of middle-grades reform.

Resources
You will find abundant middle-grades related resources listed under the following categories:

Departments of Education/State/Regional
Families and Students
Literacy
National Organizations
Publications
Research
School Reform
Staff Development
Urban Schools

Mathematics Improvement Toolkit

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform is proud to announce a new Toolkit devoted to improving mathematics instruction in the middle grades. The Mathematics Improvement Toolkit provides a variety of professional development opportunities for middle grades mathematics educators serving diverse student populations. From workshops, to teacher guides and online resources, the tools provide a strong foundation on which to build stronger mathematics instruction for adolescent learners.

The tools include universal design curriculum modules, moderated online professional development, and
workshops focusing on teaching high-level math to English language learners, collaboration and co-teaching, and language in the math classroom. The Toolkit was designed by leading national organizations with the characteristics of strong professional development in mind. The tools:

Tap into the expertise of skilled professionals within districts;
Incorporate the resources needed for rich professional development experiences;
Provide a variety of options to meet the range of needs and schedules of schools and districts; and
Feature active and interactive experiences that have been tested and refined in response to
input from teachers in the field.
To lean more, visit http://www.middlegrademath.org/

Upcoming Meetings

February 2011 -Atlanta, Georgia Meeting

i3 Project Team Meeting- Wednesday, February 9, 2011 AM
Board Meeting- Wednesday, February 9, 2011 PM
Forum Meeting- Thursday, February 10 &11, 2011

February Meeting Registration Form

February Meeting Invoice

HOTEL INFORMATION:
Hyatt Place Atlanta/Buckhead
3242 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Tel: 404.869.6161
www.hyattplacebuckhead.com
Room Rate: $114 a night
Reservations: call – 1-888-HYATT-HP and request the “National Forum group rate” or book online.

Reservations need to be made by 12:01 am on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

HOTEL SERVICES & AMENITIES
Complimentary continental breakfast
Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout hotel
Complimentary covered parking
Complimentary fitness center and outdoor swimming pool
Complimentary local shuttle service within 2 miles of property
Complimentary local phone calls

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
*We are conveniently located in the heart of Buckhead, near the best dining and shopping in Atlanta
*MARTA transportation to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for $2.00 – we are just 2.5 blocks away from the Buckhead MARTA station

June 2011 -Washington DC Meeting

AED- Early Indicators Pre-Conference- Wednesday June 22 9 AM-3 PM
i3 Project Team Meeting- Wednesday, June 22
Board Meeting- Wednesday, June 22 PM
STW Conference- Thursday- June 23, Friday- June 24 & Saturday June 25
State Directors’ Retreat- Saturday, June 25 – 12 PM-5 PM & Sunday, June 26 – 8 AM-12 PM

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Click here for the notes summarizing the I3 announcement in the FR from last October. The RFP may change once the Department reviews the comments.

I3 Grant -Proposed Priorities

I3 Power Point-USED Guidance

I3 Fact Sheet on ED.gov

Article by Educational Publishing about I3 Funds Announcement

Notes from Mar 17 National Forum Meeting on I3

Notes from Mar 10 National Forum Meeting on I3

Notes form Feb 17 National Forum Meeting on I3

Organizing Frame

I3 PowerPoint from Webinar

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October 2010 -Indianapolis Meeting

October Meeting Registration Form

October Meeting Invoice

Below are the agenda, powerpoints and handouts from the meeting:

Agenda- October 2010 Indianapolis, IN

ESEA update from Washington Partners

i3 Briefing- Debby Kasak, Peter Murphy, Irv Howard, Deb Schrock, Nancy Flowers & Gayle Anderws
*Presentation

Common Planning Time Progect (AERE Middle Level Special Interest Group) -Steve Mertens, Illinois State University
*Presentation *Common Planning Time Article *Article-The Use of CPT: Case Study of Two Kentucky STW

Today Show Video Clip- NASSP Breakthrough School – Patti Kinney, NASSP

Learning Forward- Fredrick Brown
*Presentation *Policy Points Article

Early Indicators- Patrick Montesano, AED

Results and Recommendations from the “2009 Radomly Selected and HighlySuccessful Middle Level Schools” McEwin 2010 MS Journal

Strategic Plan – John Harrison, Sue Swaim & Gayle Andrews
*Presentation *The Plan *Strategy Areas

Febuary 2010 -Myrtle Beach Meeting

February Meeting Registration Form

February Meeting Invoice

Below are the agenda and documents that were discussed during the meeting:

Agenda

Increasing Achievement by Focusing Grade-Level Teams on Improving Classroom Learning: A Prospective, Quasi-Experimental Study of Title I Schools- William M. Saunders
(Short Version) (Full Article)

Report: Universal Access to a Quality Education

Social Equity Statement

Strategic Planning Power Point

Middle Level Concept Crosswalk

National Forum Policy Statement on Class Assignment
Click here to view the National Forum’s other Policy Statements

Tracking and Detracking: High Achievers in Massachusetts Middle Schools – Tom Loveless

Detracking for Sucess

Schools to Watch®

Through its Schools to Watch® (STW) program, the Forum has developed criteria for identifying high-performing middle-grades schools, created tools to help schools use the criteria, expanded the program to 19 states, and selected and honored 190 successful schools across the country during the Annual STW Conference. Visit the Schools to Watch website for more information.

Comprehensive School Reform ModelsSwimmer
The National Forum counts among its membership several developers of comprehensive school reform models aimed at bringing about whole-school change. These CSR models are unique because they focus on the middle-grades. Read more . . .

Developing Leaders

Leadership Curriculum

The National Forum places a high priority on strengthening the capacity of current and future middle-grades leaders. To this end, it has developed a leadership development curriculum to assist those who wish to increase the pace of middle-grades reform. Read more . . .

About the Forum

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. The Forum developed in 1997 out of a sense of urgency that middle-grades school improvement had stalled, amid a flurry of descending test studentscores, increasing reports of school violence, and heated debates about the nature and purpose of middle-grades education. All agreed that nothing short of collective and concerted action could result in high-performing middle-grades schools and students.

Over the past 13 years, the Forum has flourished, successfully reframing the national discourse about middle-grades education. Major organizations, foundations, and others of influence have articulated and affirmed that schools do not have to choose between equity and excellence, or between a healthy school climate and a strong academic program. Rather, as articulated in the Forum’s vision statement, they must focus on all of these if they want students to achieve at significantly higher levels. By endorsing this common vision, Forum members have developed common goals and understandings, strengthened individual efforts to improve schools that serve middle-grades students, collaborated across institutional and other boundaries, and worked together to mobilize others in the larger middle-grades community.

To accomplish its goal of improved academic and developmental outcomes for all students in the middle grades, the Forum identifies and disseminates best practices, articulates and promotes effective policies, recognizes and develops enlightened leadership, and informs and engages the public.

With initial funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Forum has implemented several key initiatives. These initiatives include the following which improve school and classroom practice:

Schools to Watch® (STW) program: The Forum developed criteria for identifying high-performing middle-grades schools, selected four successful schools in a national search, and high-lighted their achievements. It also selected states to receive training in order to recognize their own model schools. Participating states include AR, CA, CO, GA, FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA. More . . .

Comprehensive School Reform: The Forum has CSR model developers counted among its membership to discuss common issues and work together to address them. Through this alliance, new products for enhancing mathematics for ELL, special education and rural education are being developed. More . . .
The Forum works to develop the next generation of middle-grades leaders. In 1999 it brought together 60 leaders from 10 states to form the Southern Forum. The National Forum continues to work closely with this and other regional groups committed to accelerating school improvement. To extend its reach among emerging leaders, the Forum developed a leadership curriculum and runs training events based on it. Many states now participating in STW were part of the Southern Forum.

The Forum is committed to informing and engaging the public. It articulates and broadly disseminates policy statements on critical education issues such as student assignment patterns, high-stakes testing, teacher preparation and licensure and grade configuration. By educating policy makers, practitioners, parents and community members about the latest research, effective policy, and best practice, the Forum hopes to facilitate reform. The Forum united forces with many of its partners to advocate for federal awareness and support for the middle grades. The Success in the Middle Bill in the House (#3406) and Senate (#2227) were the first-ever middle grades legislation introduced. The Forum also seeks to unite stakeholders in promoting education beyond high school for middle-grades students. Through the PALMS Project (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students), the Forum and its partners will identify programs that are effectively reaching the parents of Latino middle-grades students with information about how to prepare their children for college.

List of Members

Drew Allbritton
National Middle School Association
Columbus, OH

Linda Allen
South Carolina Middle School Assoc.
Myrtle Beach, SC

Nancy Ames *
CORE Consulting Services
Westborough, MA

Lena Anderson
Florida Department of Edcuation
Tallahasse, FL

Gayle Andrews *
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Vincent Anfara, Jr.
American Educational Research Assoc.
Knoxville, TN

Patricia Benson
Michigan Schools in the Middle
Mount Pleasant, MI

Fredrick Brown
Learning Forward
Dallas, TX

Rudy Carega
The NEA Foundation
Washington, DC

Marybeth Casey
New York State Education Department
New York, NY

Alex Chough
ACT, Inc.
Iowa City, IA

Judith Conk
Int’l Studies Schools Network-The Asia Society
Nanuet, NY

Suzanne Dalton
Confederation of Oregon Schools Administrators
Salem, OR

Cecelia Daniels
Success for All Foundation
Baltimore, MD

Shelley Davis *
California GEAR UP
Oakland, CA

Susie DeHart
Lilly Endowment Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Joan Devlin
American Federation of Teachers
Washington, DC

Christin Driscoll
Citzen Schools
Arlington, VA

Sandy Dutemple *
Virginia Schools to Watch
Manassas, VA

Jane Evans
Oregon Schools to Watch
Albany, OR

Michelle Feist
Academy for Educational Development
New York, NY

Nancy Fenton
Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools
Jackson, MI

Nancy Flowers
CPRD, University of Illinois
Champaign, IL

Cecil Floyd
Texas Middle School Association
Austin, TX

Dan French
Turning Points Center for Collaborative Ed.
Boston, MA

Lori Gardner
Utah Schools to Watch
Park City, UT

Peggy Gaskill
Peggy Gaskill & Associates
Livonia, MI

Gina Grant
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, IL

Karen Hamilton
Kentucy Schools to Watch
Richmond, KY

John Harrison *
North Carolina Middle School Association
Pinehurst, NC

Gail Hilliard-Nelson
New Jersey Consortium for Middle Grades
Union, NJ

Steve Hoelscher
Michigan Middle Start
Battle Creek, MI

Sabrina Hope King
New York City Department of Education
New York City, NY

Linda Hopping *
Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch
Sandy Springs, GA

David Hough
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO

Irvin Howard *
California League of Middle Schools
Redlands, CA

Christine Huley
Utah Schools to Watch
Salt Lake City, UT

Deborah Kasak *
National Forum to Accelerate
Middle-Grades Reform
Savoy, IL

Patti Kinney
Nat’l Assoc. of Secondary School Principals
Reston, VA

Diane Lauer
Colorado Assoc. of Middle Level Educators
Loveland, CO

Douglas Mac Iver
Center for the Social Organizations of Schools
Baltimore, MD

Cynthia Mata-Aguilar
Education Development Center
Newton, MA

Molly McCloskey
Assoc. for Supervision & Curriculum Dev.
Alexandria, VA

David McNair
New Jersey Department of Education
Trenton, NJ

Kelly McNeal
Dept of Secondary and Middle School Ed
Wayne, NJ

Paul Meck
Pennsylvania Middle School Assoc.
Mechanicsburg, PA

Steve Mertens *
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Hayes Mizell
National Staff Development Council
Columbia, SC

Patrick Montesano *
Academy for Educational Development
New York, NY

Barbara Moore *
Southern Regional Education Board
Atlanta, GA

Peter Murphy *
California League of Middle Schools
Long Beach, CA

John Nori *
Nat’l Assoc. of Secondary School Principals
Reston, VA

David Payton
New York State Middle School Assoc.
Pleasantville, NY

Phyllis Pendarvis *
Middle Level Teacher Education Initiative
Columbia, SC

Lisette Parteleon
Alliance for Excellent Education
Washington, DC

Patricia Renner *
The College Board
Washington, DC

Carol Riley
Nat’l Assoc. of Elementary School Principals
Alexandria, VA

Ellen Ringer *
California Department of Education
Sacramento, CA

Fran Salyers
Ctr. for Middle School Academic Achievement
Lancaster, KY

Deb Schrock
Assoc. of Illinois Middle-Level Schools
Champaign, IL

Joseph Shannon
Intrn’l Center for Leadership in Education
Rexford, NY

Dan Stacy
Ohio Department of Education
Columbus, OH

Sue Swaim
National Middle School Assoc.
Aurora, ME

Ron Williamson
Eastern Michigan University
Saline, MI

Stephanie Wood-Garnett
Center for Comp. School Reform and Imprvmt.
Washington, DC

Shirley Wright
Indiana Middle Level Education Association
Indianapolis, IN

* Indicates Board Member