Mike Laster and Team on Vimeo
Mike Laster, Principal of the Farnsworth Middle School, talks about the benefit for a new administrator to participate in the EE: STW program. The Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch program in NY recognizes exemplary middle school programs. The program is a partnership between the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, the NYS Middle School Association, and the NYS Education Department.


Special Updates!

The 17th Annual NYSMSA Middle-level Institute – Registration Now Open!

The Institute will be again be offered at the Tec-Smart facility just outside Saratoga Springs on Monday, July 1st and Tuesday July 2nd, 2019. There will be four workshop sessions, each for the two full days. Sessions include your choice of “Using Restorative Practices to Build Trust at the Middle-level“, “Tools and Strategies for Deep Learning“, “Inside the Lives of Instagram and Snapchat Kids“, or “Wondering How to Address the Essentials Elements – Wonder No More!“. For more information, download the program brochure here. Registration is now open!

Leadership Academy – East sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform
July 17-19, 2019 in Oceanside, New York

The STW Leadership Academies have been developed in collaboration with a group that you may have heard of: EdTechTeam. They are based in California and run various educational summits around the globe, all of which draw large crowds, share progressive information, and send their participants home inspired to take their schools to new levels. The STW Leadership Academies were designed to blend leadership, innovation, and the opportunity to strategically plan with your leadership team around the STW rubric. This academy is designed specifically for principals, teacher leaders, and leadership teams of schools who are interested in becoming a Schools to Watch school, working toward STW redesignation, or simply want to utilize proven middle-grades practices and research to guide their school improvement efforts through effective use of technology.

For more information or to register to attend one of the STW Leadership Academies (the Leadership Academy – West is outside Boulder, Colorado), you can click here to go to the National Forum website registration.

The 39th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference

October 24-26, 2019  Verona, NY

Call for Presenters

As part of the 39th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference, 50 minute middle level education and program focused practitioner workshops will be scheduled throughout the day, Friday October 25, 2019. Individuals or groups are invited to submit a Call for Presenters application. The Conference will be held at Vernon-Verona-Sherill Middle School, Vernon, New York.

Please note that if your presentation is accepted you MUST register for the conference. Please go to www.nysmsa.org for more information and upcoming news on the conference.

Applications are due by August 1, 2019. Click here to access the Call for Presenters Form.

If you have any questions, prefer a PDF form, or paper copy, please email Monica Kwiatkowski at Mkwiatkowski@crcs.wnyric.org c/o Cuba-Rushford Middle School 5476 Route 305 N Cuba, NY 14727 Phone: 585-968-2650 Fax: 585-968-2651

Technology Requirements
Presentations must be web based or flash drive. Internet access, Smartboard, digital projectors, speakers, and computer workstation will be provided.

 EE: STW Principals Attending the NYSMSA Annual Conference 2018

Included in the photo is the newly appointed Co-Director of the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch program, NYSED Associate, Christine Radez (center left in white sweater). Also pictured is the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Executive Director Ericka Uskali (center wearing blue blazer). EE: STW Co-Director Brian Sherman not pictured – he is taking the photo.

Career and Technical Education for Grades 7 & 8

If you would like to review the August 31st, 2017 Commissioner’s memo to the Board of Regents, the actual regulatory language, and a chart describing possible delivery models, <click here>.

Call for Submissions: Articles to be Published in In Transition, the NYSMSA Journal

In Transition is a juried publication; all manuscripts are reviewed and approved for publication by a panel of members from the NYSMSA Board of Directors. Manuscripts describing successful programs, stimulating projects, exemplary teaching techniques, unique team concepts, action research, and promising practices are welcome. To examine previous issues of the publication and to review the “Submission Guidelines”, <click here>.