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!

Special Note from the Statewide Network of Middle-level Liaisons Meeting

November 29th, 2018

There were a number of presentations made at the two day meeting. One of the more comprehensive presentations was by Alex Trikalinos from the Office of Educator Quality and Professional Development at SED, who presented on the history of the APPR rollout, the changes that followed, and the anticipated updates on the program which is currently in a “transition period” while the moratorium is in place. The PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here and is very informative.

Additional PowerPoint presentations from the meeting, along with minutes of the meeting can be found on the New York State Middle School Association website at <this link>.



 EE: STW Principals Attending the NYSMSA Annual Conference 2018

Photo also includes the newly appointed Co-Director of the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch program, NYSED Associate, Christine Radez (center left in white sweater) and National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Executive Director Ericka Uskali (center wearing blue blazer).

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>.