What Teachers are Saying This conference was fantastic! It was great to see passionate teachers talking about what they do in their classrooms and how attainable goals can be. Thank you for a great conference! It is so nice to discuss similar issues with middle schools throughout the state. Great experience! I can’t wait to extend student choice in my classroom. I love AIMS! I learned some great ideas and info that I [...]
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On October 18, 2018 leaders from Stevenson Middle School in Melrose Park, Illinois hosted teachers and administrators from Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a day of sharing between two schools in states affiliated with the Schools to Watch initiative and National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Lawrence is facilitating a comprehensive middle school review to analyze current programming and curriculum using the Schools to Watch Self-Study and Rating [...]
Jessica Weibler is no stranger to the AIMS Network. A long-time member and newly-appointed board member, Weibler believes strongly that access to fellow educators contributes to her success as a teacher. “Just by having access to this network of amazing teachers across Illinois is a reason to be a part of AIMS. I can't tell you how many times I've been able to bounce ideas off of other teachers, steal the great things that I've [...]
At Highland Middle School in Libertyville, IL a commitment to student achievement is shared by staff and students. True to the middle school philosophy, instructors collaborate to create and implement interdisciplinary units at all grade levels. While all Highland curriculum has roots in critical thinking and problem-solving skills, interdisciplinary units called “Team Days” allow students to experience the District 70 commitment to the Applications of Learning (Communicating, Working on Teams, Self-Direction, Problem Solving, Using Technology [...]
The Association of Illinois Middle Grade-Schools (AIMS) will again present the AIMS Network Institute on December 6, 2018 at National Louis University, Lisle campus. AIMS is excited to feature an extensive lineup of talented Illinois educators speaking on timely topics for the modern middle school! Join us to learn about skills-based reporting, personalized learning, data-driven instruction, peer-to-peer programming, social emotional learning, Google apps, curriculum helps and ways to use drama in the classroom. This unique [...]
The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) offers a unique and exciting opportunity for middle school educators – a chance to join colleagues who share a commitment to middle level learners. Our professional network is stronger than ever with membership advantages expanding for the 2018-19 school year! AIMS members have access to: National Recognition - AIMS partners with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform to recognize exceptional Illinois Middle Schools. Illinois Horizon Schools [...]
At this year’s AIMS Summer Splash event, educators from throughout Illinois gathered to learn, network and grow to make this year of middle school teaching the best one yet! Focused on hot topics that matter most to modern middle school educators, Summer Splash saw teachers discovering new ways to inspire their students to learn at the highest level. In a presentation focused on Mastery Learning, Rae Hughart shared strategies to increase student achievement and ownership [...]
School to Watch: Stevenson Middle School Builds Professional Learning Communities Stevenson Middle School builds its PLCs one relationship at a time. A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an organizational structure that matches a middle school approach perfectly. One pillar of a successful middle school is a structure that allows teams a common planning time. Stevenson has offered this professional time to its teachers since its inception in 2014. Team leaders, both past and present, have [...]