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 [...]
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The Association of Illinois Middle Grade-Schools (AIMS) will again present the AIMS Network Institute on December 6, 2018 at National Lewis University, Lisle campus. This unique event features educators sharing their knowledge and expertise with colleagues throughout Illinois. Presentations will be focused on components of the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch rubric: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational support and processes in our schools. Attendees will learn from fellow educators and connect with [...]
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 [...]
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 […]