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 [...]
Illinois Horizon Schools Honored with National Recognition at the Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C.
In June, four AIMS network schools recognized as Horizon Schools to Watch for 2018 were honored and actively participated in the National Schools to Watch Conference. Olympia Middle School was recognized upon their initial designation as a School to Watch. In addition, the Olympia team offered a presentation session for Conference attendees on their Skills Based Grading program. The Olympia team was also selected to make a trip to Capitol Hill for a visit with [...]
School may be out, but summertime learning is in session! The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) is hosting a professional development opportunity on August 1, 2018 at Chiddix Junior High in Normal, Illinois. This exciting annual event features presentations from practicing educators and encourages networking and collaboration between middle school professionals from throughout the state. 2018 AIMS Summer Splash Gather resources for the new school year Learn strategies to strengthen your middle school concept [...]
When I began my tenure as assistant principal at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School, I was introduced to the Bulldog Buddies program. The program was developed by a young special education teacher by the name of Marissa Hill. She was the lead educator in Room One33, which served special education students with low incidence (or moderate to severe) disabilities. Mrs. Hill proposed the idea to the principal at that time expressing a concern for providing increased [...]