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!

 16th Annual NYSMSA Middle-Level Institute:

The Middle-Level Classroom – Getting it Right!

The NYS Middle School Association is proud to host the 16th Annual Middle-Level Institute at the Hudson Valley Community College Tec-Smart Facility in Malta, near beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. Participants will select one of three workshops being offered by expert practitioners and will receive eleven hours of intensive middle–level instruction. Each session is explicitly aligned to the Board of Regents’ Priorities to ensure that all NYS students are “college and career ready” upon graduation. Download the flyer and registration form.

The workshop sessions include:
– Great Middle-Level Practices, with Linda Ruest and Jack Berckemeyer
– Can You Read Me? Understanding the MS Student through Fiction and Non-Fiction Literature, with Ronna Glickman
– Integrating Anti-Bias Education into the Middle-Level Classroom with Emily Chiariello

We understand the important role that middle-level educators play in preparing our students for college and careers, and our workshop offerings are designed to support middle-level educators in that role.

When: Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:00 AM  –  Friday, June 29, 2018 3:00 PM

Where: Hudson Valley CC Tec-Smart Facility, 345 Hermes Rd, Malta, New York 12020

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Essential Elements: Schools to Watch Training Opportunity

Interested in the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch process; want to be a member of a site visitation team or be a reviewer of EESTW applications, want to have a clearer picture of the ins and outs of the application because you are planning to apply? Then this free, two day workshop is for you! The training is held annually in Liverpool, NY (just off the Thruway in Syracuse) and will take place July 31st and August 1st, this year. An informational flyer is available by clicking here.

 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>.


Call for Presenters: The 38th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference

October 18-20, 2018

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School, Verona, NY

As part of the 38th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference, 1- hour middle level education and program focused practitioner workshops will be scheduled throughout the day for Friday, October 20, 2018. Individuals or groups are invited to submit a Call for Presenters application. See the flyer on the conference.

Please note that if your presentation is accepted you MUST register for the conference. Applications are due by August 1, 2018. 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

To link to the on-line application form, <click here>.