New Glarus Middle School Participates In "Schools-To-Watch"

New Glarus Middle School Participates In "Schools-To-Watch"
Posted on 08/23/2017


Wisconsin has been selected by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, to participate in the Schools-to-Watch (STW) Program, and New Glarus Middle School was part of the inaugural training on August 17 and 18, 2017.

The Schools-to-Watch designation presents a unique opportunity to showcase middle grade schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence for all young adolescents. These high performing schools demonstrate a commitment to research-based best practices for serving young adolescents to include a focus on inclusivity, equity, and culturally-responsive practices. 

Explicit criteria must be met to receive designation as a School-to-Watch.  This criteria was developed by middle grades experts specifically for middle grades schools and represent the best thinking of what it takes to promote the academic development and social development of young adolescents.

Key organizations, including the Wisconsin Association of Middle Level, University of WI La Crosse, and the WI DPI are in the process of advancing the state level initiative modeled after the National Forum’s national Schools-to-Watch program. Through this program, school officials will be encouraged to apply to the program, which will identify and recognize high performing middle level grades schools.

School districts have already expressed interest in being part of the initiative.  Superintendent of the New Glarus School District, Dr. Jennifer Thayer shared:
"After hearing about Schools to Watch at a national conference our staff was excited to learn more.  We are thrilled that Wisconsin has now been selected to participate in the Schools to Watch program, and feel it's a great fit for us in New Glarus as we continue on our quest toward excellence and giving our students the best education possible."

Wisconsin State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers states:
"Being selected as a "State-to-Watch" by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform presents an exciting opportunity for Wisconsin students.  Congratulations to all of the school districts who were involved in the inaugural training for their early participation.  I look forward to learning how we can advance the practices they develop."

The following school districts joined State Co-Directors Shelley Joan Weiss and Anne Yehle as participants in the inaugural training that was held on August 17 and 18, 2017:

  • Antigo School District
  • Elkhorn Area School District
  • Genoa City School District
  • Kohler School District
  • New Glarus School District

Additionally, Members of the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE), Rick Amundson and Terri Miller participated.  The participants from New Glarus included Mark Stateler, Lexa Speth, Erin Kovach, Katie Johnson, and Heather Cassidy.

If you would like to learn more, please check out the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education websites.