Congratulations to the 2019 Schools to Watch

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  [...]

Congratulations to the 2019 Schools to Watch2019-03-11T15:22:42-04:00

RMS Re-designated as an Illinois Horizons School to Watch

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 [...]

RMS Re-designated as an Illinois Horizons School to Watch2019-03-06T18:45:48-04:00

AIMS Network Institute Earns Positive Feedback

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 [...]

AIMS Network Institute Earns Positive Feedback2019-03-05T12:25:34-04:00

Two Schools, Two States, One Shared Goal

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 [...]

Two Schools, Two States, One Shared Goal2019-01-09T14:09:25-04:00

AIMS Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Weibler

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 [...]

AIMS Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Weibler2019-01-09T14:09:35-04:00

Academic Excellence in Middle School Starts with Staff Collaboration

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 [...]

Academic Excellence in Middle School Starts with Staff Collaboration2018-09-19T16:18:03-04:00

AIMS Announces the 2018 Network Institute

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 [...]

AIMS Announces the 2018 Network Institute2018-10-17T16:40:00-04:00
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