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!

Registration Active: The 38th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference

October 18-20, 2018

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School, Verona, NY

Registration is now active for the NYS Middle School Association Annual Conference at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School in Central New York. A summary of the pre-conference programs is also available. The links to both items appear below. The pre-conference program features a very impressive line-up of middle-level practitioners and nationally recognized specialists! The links also provide map information to the conference site (a short distance, easy exit off the NYS Thruway).

2018 NYSMSA ConferenceSummary


2018 NYSMSA Conference Registration


 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>.

There is also a slide deck presentation from the NYSED  on the CTE Flexibility available <here>. The NYSUT fact sheet on who qualifies as a CTE teacher is also available <here>.

UPDATE: On March 8th, a PowerPoint presentation was made available from Dawn Mastroianni (CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York) which was to accompany her discussion at the Statewide Network of Middle-level Liaisons meeting scheduled for today, but canceled due to the snow storm. That presentation is made available here at the request of several members of the Liaisons. 

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. Download the guidelines <here>.