Schools to Watch® is an initiative of the
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
Schools to Watch Training is available for:
-Schools interested in pursuing STW Designation
-Already-designated schools with new personnel since designation
-Individuals who would like to be evaluators and site visitors
Contact Susie Highley for more information
When DOE had approved Technical Assistance Partners, IMLEA/Schools to Watch was included.
Research on the Schools to Watch Program from Illinois
- 2023-2024 Application for Initial and Redesignation
- (Make a copy for your use.)
- Applications will be due October 15, 2023
Interested in becoming a School to Watch?
Contact Susie Highley if you want to know more. Periodically, trainings are held at the IASP office in Indianapolis, but she can also meet with individual schools, attend a staff meeting, or work with a group of educators. STW training is required for schools planning to apply for designation.
If you teach at a school that has already been designated, or at a school that is not applying yet, you can still learn about the process. If you are from a STW and attend a training, you are eligible to be a reader for applications or participate in the site visits that are part of the process.
For More Information, Check out the Middle Grades Forum site:
Schools to Watch Model School Profiles
If you are interested in contacting any of the schools below to set up networking or mentoring for your school, please email the IMLEA office - IMLEA_ED@iasp.org and we will set up the contact with you.
Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Valparaiso, IN
- Cascade Middle School, Clayton, IN
East Washington Middle School, Pekin, IN
Hebron Middle School Profile, Hebron, IN
Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Inquiry #84, Indianapolis
Lebanon Middle School Profile, Lebanon
Northridge Middle School Profile , Middlebury
- Plainfield Community Middle School, Plainfield
Riverside Intermediate School Profile , Plymouth
Rochester Middle School Profile, Rochester
Shelbyville Middle School Profile, Shelbyville
South Ripley Jr. High School Profile, Versailles
Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Profile, St. Leon
- Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Valparaiso
Tri-West Middle School Profile, Lizton
Triton Central Middle School, Fairland
CLICK HERE to check out our Schools To Watch Indiana Informational PowerPoint for more information about the Schools To Watch Program!
Schools to Watch General Information & Files
New Schools to Watch Criteria and Evidence- Click Here
NOTE: SELF STUDY AND RUBRIC MUST BE DONE ONLINE FOR ACTUAL STW APPLICATION -
Contact Susie Highley for the link.
Schools interested in doing an online self-study with their staff, but are not sure about applying may request more information.
WHAT ARE SCHOOLS TO WATCH?
"Schools to Watch" is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1997. The National Forum is an alliance of more than 60 educators, researchers, and officers of national associations and foundations dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country. Schools to Watch are:
- academically excellent – these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
- developmentally responsive – 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.
Organizational Structures and Processes: 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.
ACT Press Release
New Schools to Watch Criteria