January 25, 2016
CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO WATCH
ANNOUNCES 2016 NEW AND REDESIGNATED SCHOOLS
The California League of Schools in collaboration with the California Department of Education and the California Middle Grades Alliance, today announced that thirteen high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2015-2016 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program. In addition, twenty 2016 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage sites have been redesignated based upon their continuous improvement in all of the program criteria areas.
.The thirteen newly designated STW™—TCS model middle grades schools are:
• Alder Creek Middle School, Tahoe Truckee Unified
• Curtis Middle School, San Bernardino Unified
• Firebaugh Middle School, Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified
• Lake Center Middle School, Little Lake City School District
• Lindero Canyon Middle School, Las Virgenes Unified
• Ross Academy of Creative and Media Arts, ABC Unified
• San Gorgonio Middle School, Beaumont Unified
• Serrano Middle School, San Bernardino Unified
• South Pointe Middle School, Walnut Valley Unified
• Sunnymead Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified
• Vista Heights Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified
• Willis Jepson Middle School, Vacaville Unified
• Yorba Linda Middle School, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified
The twenty “Redesignated’ Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage are:
• Fairmont Elementary School, Sanger Unified
• Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Sanger Unified
• Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger Unified
• Vanguard Preparatory School, Apple Valley Unified
• Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, Paramount Unified
• Pioneer Middle School, Tustin Unified
• Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach Unified
• Summit Intermediate School, Etiwanda School District
• Union Middle School, Union School District
• Sinaloa Middle School, Simi Valley Unified
• San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, San Lorenzo Valley Unified
• Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley Unified
• Reyburn Intermediate School, Clovis Unified
• Mistletoe Stem Institute, Enterprise Elementary School District
• Granger Junior High School, Sweetwater Union High School District
• Frank Wright Middle School, Imperial Unified
• Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Los Angeles Unified
• Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley Unified
• Edna Hill Middle School, Brentwood Union School District
• John Glenn Middle School of International Studies, Desert Sands Unified
STW™—TCS middle grades schools are high-performing model schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, social equity, and organizational support. These model schools host visitors from California and around the world who are looking for replicable practices that will help them improve their middle grades schools and close the achievement gap.
The STW™—TCS program is sponsored by the California League of Schools (CLS) and the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Middle Grades Alliance. The national Schools to Watch program is directed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. There are 18 Schools to Watch states and over 450 Schools to Watch high-performing middle grade schools nationwide of which 78 are located in California.
To become a STW™—TCS school interested schools must complete a detailed application, participate in an online self evaluation of the school and its programs which the entire school faculty then analyzes and prepares a narrative discussing the results and implications for improvement and growth. Each application is then reviewed by a team of middle grades experts. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years.
All of the schools will be formally recognized in Sacramento at the California Middle Grades Alliance annual luncheon February 25, 2016 and during the California League of Schools' Annual Conference North, February 26–28, 2016. The schools will have an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and network with other middle grades educators from around the state.
For more information about the STW™—TCS program, please visit the web page at www.clms.net/stw
OCTOBER 8, 2015
CONTACT INFORMATION: PETER MURPHY, CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF SCHOOLS
562-430-3136 x 5, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEBORAH KASAK, NATIONAL FORUM, 217-351-2196, email@example.com
California League of Schools to Partner with National Forum on Successful SEED Grant Project
Power of Two: Pairing Literacy and Numeracy Professional Learning for Middle-Grades Teachers
National Forum and CLS to train teachers in Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, and California
Long Beach, CA (October 8, 2015) – The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform (National Forum) announced today that the National Forum and its partners, including California League of Schools (CLS), are among a select group chosen by The U.S. Department of Education (ED) to receive a Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant. SEED grants were awarded to 12 select recipients to support teachers and principals with evidence-based training and professional development, which creates learning and career growth opportunities for aspiring and current educators serving students in high-need schools. The three year award, in the amount of $5,833,806 will support professional development in four states (MI, NC, IL, CA) for teachers of mathematics and English language arts; two of the content areas that have been identified as essential for keeping students on-track for graduation.
California League of Schools will serve as the project lead for training in English language arts in all four states. It will focus on Common Core State Standards aligned academic language development using the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit by Dr. Kate Kinsella and Theresa Hancock, published by National Geographic Learning/Cengage. Similarly, the Institute for Excellence in Education in Michigan will train teachers in all states in the use of its Focused Instructional Model for math. In California, teachers in Moreno Valley Unified School District have been selected to receive the training.
Scott Steele, Executive Director of California League of Schools, commented, “Moreno Valley Unified School District's long standing efforts on behalf of teachers and students makes the district an excellent site for this national grant program.”
As part of the Power of Two grant, the National Forum has set the following goals to: increase student performance in math and English language arts assessments and improve teacher effectiveness through the use of research-based mathematics and English language arts programs -- designed specifically for high-need students.
“Our work will produce strong evidence and effective teacher practices, instructional routines, and strategies that can be learned and replicated in other middle-grades schools. We’re excited and ready to get started!” stated Dr. Deborah Kasak, Executive Director of the National Forum.
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