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AIMS Network Schools Honored at 2019 National Schools to Watch Conference

At the annual National Forum Schools to Watch Conference held each year in Washington, D.C. outstanding middle schools from throughout the country gather to share best practice, meet with legislators and receive recognition for their commendable work with middle school [...]

Academic Excellence Through Social Equity: Reducing the Achievement Gap by Lowering Barriers and Providing Support for All

Learn how leaders at Hadley Jr. High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois employed strategies to close the achievement gap between different student groups. See how the school saw gains in student performance from a systemic approach using the Schools [...]

By |2019-07-16T14:22:38-04:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Teacher Resources|Tags: , |

Change Your Students’ Mindsets Using Student Portfolios and Student-Led Conferences

Learn strategies and tools that will transform students’ attitudes from “I can’t” to “Yes, I can!” View Presentation Tracy Fuentes is a Bilingual 6th-8th grade teacher at Miguel Juarez Middle School. Elvia Uriostegui is a 6th and 7th [...]

By |2019-07-16T13:45:23-04:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Teacher Resources|Tags: , , |

Empowering Students Through Writing

Explore learning units, resources, and suggestions for shifting toward a student-centered middle school writing curriculum and learn strategies to become a more effective writing teacher. Empower students by developing a language arts curriculum that focuses on student choice [...]

By |2020-04-08T11:49:15-04:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Teacher Resources|Tags: , , |

Bringing Gamification to the Middle School Classroom

Unlock the potential of gamification for learning. Explore how teachers can foster collaboration, provide choice, and increase student motivation through a gamified experience that includes Quests, Badges, XP, Boss Battles, and Easter Eggs! View the presentation Jessica Weibler [...]

By |2019-07-14T13:20:05-04:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Teacher Resources|Tags: , |

AIMS Summer Splash 2019 – Increasing Student Engagement

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 [...]

By |2019-07-14T13:21:40-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: AIMS News|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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