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 School to Watch 2020-2021 Initial Application and 2020-2021 Re-Designation Application Are Now Available 

The newly updated applications in both Word and PDF format are available in the “Downloads Section” of this website. The application instructions and the “Paper Rubric” have not changed and are still current and can also be downloaded from the “downloads section” of our website.

The NYSMSA and STW Leadership Team members are pleased to welcome David Vroman as the new NYSMSA Co-Director of the Schools to Watch Program in New York State. David is a lead teacher at an STW Middle School (A.A. Kingston in Potsdam) and is the Region 10 Director for the NYSMSA. Welcome David! Brian Sherman retired as State Co-Director on September 1st, 2019 and continues to actively work with Schools to Watch and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform at both the National and International level. If you have questions about the STW program, continue to feel free to contact any member of the Leadership Team present and past.

The 39th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference    

October 24-26, 2019  Verona, NY

REGISTRATION NOW ACTIVE! Thursday pre-conference presentations include: Rick Wormeli on Standards-based Grading, The Children’s Institute on Social Emotional Learning, John Harmon on ELA, and in the evening an Awards Banquet featuring SAANYS MS Principal of the Year – Kevin Strahley as keynote. Friday will include 75 practitioner workshops, featured presentations by Rick Wormeli and Jack Berckemeyer, and much, much more. On Saturday morning, the Breakfast with Champions featuring Jack Berckemeyer and then a session addressing “Best Teaming Practices at the Middle Level”. Download the flyer <here>. Registration for the conference is now active and you can REGISTER HERE.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Conference! 

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 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.

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>.