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 [...]
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 [...]
Call for Presentations The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) is seeking presenters (individuals or teams) for the 2018 Summer Splash event scheduled for Wednesday, August 1st at Chiddix Junior High in Normal, Illinois. Presenting at Summer Splash is an opportunity to celebrate your success and best practices with colleagues from around the state. Presentations focusing on social emotional learning support strategies, student growth mindset, resiliency, student efficacy, technology, and student advocacy are welcome. [...]
It’s time to apply for the 2018-19 school year! The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to work in conjunction with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in the administration of the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch Programs. Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch (STW) demonstrates academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes designed to support a trajectory toward excellence. To apply for STW recognition, or redesignation, for the 2018-19 [...]
AIMS EdCamp Learn. Engage. Collaborate. Saturday, April 28, 2018 Illinois State University, DeGarmo Hall, Normal, IL […]
The 2018 Summer Splash is scheduled for August 1st! Mark your calendars, details coming soon!
Newly Designated: Olympia Middle School. Stanford, IL Stevenson Middle School. Melrose Park, IL Re-designated: Emerson Middle School. Niles, IL (Re-designation III) Granger Middle School. Aurora, IL (Re-designation III) Hickory Creek Middle School. Frankfort, IL (Re-designation III) Highland Middle School. Libertyville, IL (Re-designation I) Jack London Middle School. Wheeling, IL (Re-designation III) For more information on Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch, visit the Schools to Watch page on this website. To find out how your school can become an Illinois [...]