National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

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National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

    The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

    in collaboration with the

    Michigan Schools to Watch Leadership Team

    Schools to Watch- Michigan

    2009-2010 Application

    Your school is invited to demonstrate its progress in becoming a high-performing middle level school by applying for this prestigious recognition. Schools to Watch are schools that are

    ; Academically Excellent. These schools challenge all students to use their

    minds well.

    ; Responsive to Students’ Needs. These schools are sensitive to the unique

    developmental challenges of early adolescence.

    ; Socially Equitable. These schools are democratic and fair, providing every

    student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.

    To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making. The National Forum and the Michigan STW review team are searching for schools that are on the path toward excellence; selected schools may not meet all sub-areas of the criteria, but they have a plan for helping them strive toward excellence.

    Selected schools will be featured in state and national publications, and will be visited by educators from around the country looking to see where “things are being done right.” Schools will also participate in professional development, and will serve as a model for other schools using the Schools to Watch Criteria to guide school improvement and reform. The Schools to Watch designation is for three years. Following that time, schools must reapply to remain a School to Watch. Please return the attached application to Steve Hoelscher at

    Deadline is November 20, 2009. Call Steve Hoelscher, State Coordinator Michigan

    Schools to Watch at (248) 249-3265 if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application!

    National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform


    ?Schools to Watch Program

    Application Data*

    School Year:

    *Recognized Schools will be required to submit these data elements annually.

Your information may be entered using Microsoft Word and clicking and typing your data in the spaces provided. “Save” your

    completed form which may then be transmitted electronically (as an email attachment) to your state’s Schools to Watch Program and to the office of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform ( Some of the data may not be applicable to your state so that those cells may be empty. If you have any questions about your “Application Data,” you may

    contact your State Program’s Director

    School/Student Demographics

General School Information

School Name:

    District Name:

    Street Address:


    Phone with Area Code: Fax: Website:

    Grades in School:

    Name of the Principal: Email:

    School Community: Urban Rural Suburban

Student Information: Please information for grades included in your building

    Enrollment Data

     Percent of

    thth th th th Student Populations # of 5 # of 6# of 7# of 8# of 9Total Total

     graders graders graders graders graders Students Enrollment African American Asian Caucasian Latino(a)/Hispanic Native American