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 revised 2018-2019 Applications for Schools to Watch are now available!

For those schools considering an application for Initial Designation, or currently designated Schools to Watch needing a Redesignation Application (for those designated in 2016), the new applications are now available for download. They can be found on the top of the Downloads page of this website.


Regents Approve New Regulations that Apply to Career and Technical Education for Grades 7 & 8

What Happened?

On September 12th, 2017 the Board of Regents formally adopted the previously approved emergency action detailed in the item, “Unit of Study Requirements for Career and Technical Education in Grades 7 and 8” The Board’s vote enabled a change in the middle level regulation language that governs Career and Technical Education (CTE). To review the August 31st Commissioner’s memo to the Board, the actual regulatory language, and a chart describing possible delivery models, <click here>.

Why Did The Regents Take This Action?  (NYSED Slide Presentation on flexibility)

This action was taken to address concerns voiced by school superintendents to senior NYSED leadership about difficulties in finding Technology and FACS teachers to fill open positions, issues of scheduling two discrete CTE courses in the prescribed units of study, and providing middle-level students with broad-based CTE learning experiences.

Who would qualify as a CTE teacher?  (NYSED Fact Sheet link)

Any teacher certified in the six CTE areas: Technology Education, Business Education (K-12 Classroom titles), FACS, Agriculture (K-12 Classroom Titles), and CTE titles in Trade/Technical and Health Sciences.

NYSMSA 2017 Annual Conference Information – Saratoga Springs

The conference committee for the 2017 conference has been hard at work and much of the planning has been completed. The conference will be hosted in Saratoga Springs, October 19 – 21, 2017. Keynote speaker is the incredible Jack Berckemeyer, and over 100 workshops have been planned. The embedded links provide the Announcement Flier and Tourism Information on the areas of interest in and around Saratoga Springs. Tickets for those interested in the Fall Foliage Train Ride from Saratoga to North Creek and back sell out almost six months ahead of time, so if interested in this while continuing your weekend in Saratoga after the conference ends, get your reservations in early. TO REGISTER or for additional information, click on this link.