AIMS Directs Federal Grant to Support Illinois Middle Schools The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) advocates for middle school students and the professionals who serve them. In response to lagging proficiency in math and English language arts among eighth graders, AIMS directed two federal grants for Illinois middle schools to implement the strategic instructional modelPower of Two: Pairing Literacy and Numeracy Professional Learning for Middle Grades Teachers. On May 7th, the National Forum [...]
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A talented lineup of presenters, sessions designed to inform and inspire middle school educators, and plenty of opportunities for networking - the AIMS Summer Splash is a can’t miss summer professional development event! Keynote speaker and middle school teacher Josie Bensko will kick off the day with strategies for increasing student engagement, followed by a series of breakout sessions and the “un” conference topic-based discussion. LEARN at Practitioner-Led Breakout Sessions [...]
The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to announce the 2019 New and Re-Designated Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch (IHSTW)! These middle schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence in middle-level education through academic, developmental and social structures and programming. Century Junior High, Orland Park Initial Designation Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove Initial Designation Hadley Junior High, Glen Ellyn Initial Designation Westmont Junior High, Westmont Initial Designation Monticello Middle School, Monticello [...]
AIMS Board President, Steve Diveley talks about the importance of a professional network and what it means to be coachable during his recent appearance on the TEACH BETTER Talk Podcast. Listen here https://teachbetter.com/podcast/stevediveley/
Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois has been recognized for excellence by the National Forum for the Advancement of Middle School Reform Schools to Watch program for their fifth designation. In January, representatives from the Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) toured the building, met with students, staff and parents, and saw firsthand why Rotolo Middle School remains one to watch! A Place Where Students are Heard Congratulations to our December Dazzle Dawgs! Thank [...]
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 [...]