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.
There was a research that was conducted in the year 2007 of June. A lot of support from National Forum Board was got and not only this but they also gave approval to the Research Committee so that they can perform a sequence of research projects. These projects were a section of the Research Agenda of The National Forum. Learn the facts here now about trading.
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.