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					       WELCOME
Elements of an
Exemplary
Middle Level School
Introduction
   Dave Allen
       President, Wisconsin Association for Middle Level
        Education
       District Curriculum Director, Platteville


   Shelley Joan Weiss
       Board of Directors, Conference Chair, Wisconsin
        Association for Middle Level Education
       Principal, Waunakee Community Middle School
Agenda

 Sharing opportunities for middle level
  educators to network and learn.
 Discussing the five essential elements
  of exemplary middle level schools.
 Summary, questions, input from
  participants.
                     Opportunities

   WAMLE Annual Conference – our 25th
    Anniversary Conference, OCT 9-10,
    2008, Chula Vista Resort, WI Dells
   AWSA Middle Level Commission
    Conference, FEB 13-15, Stevens Point
   NMSA Essentials Conference, APR 4-5,
    Minneapolis, MN
                Elements
Balancing and meeting needs and demands

   Exemplary middle level schools
    demonstrate a continual balancing act of
    multiple and complex dimensions.
   Exemplary middle level schools require
    flexibility, responsiveness, and realism.
   Exemplary middle level schools require
    vision, mission, and commitment.
                Element One
           Organizing the Exemplary
              Middle Level School

   Focus is on:
      Relationships

      Collaboration

      Response to the needs of the
       community and culture
      Responding to the unique needs of
       middle level students
                 Components
   Clear understanding of teaming
   Interdisciplinary team structure
   Common planning time
   Teachers are essential decision makers
   Guidance, advisement, and support are
    essential
   Extensive co-curricular opportunities
   Emphasis is on developing relationships
                Element Two

         Establishing a Curriculum for
        Exemplary Middle Level Schools

   Focus is on:
      Balancing the tension between student
       developmental needs and the demands
       of programming such as No Child Left
       Behind.
      Students and standards.
                  Components

   Unique developmental characteristics of
    early adolescents
   Standards
   Flexible grouping
   Applied, relevant learning activities
   Exploration, self-discovery
   Students actively participate in decision
    making with teachers
              Element Three

      Creating the School Climate for an
       Exemplary Middle Level School


   Focus is on:
     Safety

     Relationship building

     Connecting the school, home, and
      community
                   Components
   Clear vision of goals, expectations, and beliefs
   Collaboration
   Warm, welcoming, and safe environment
   Recognition of contributions of early adolescents
   Support the development and self-esteem of
    students
   Strong connections between home and school
   High Expectations for behavior and academics
   Support for smooth transitions
                   Element Four
                   Staffing the
           Exemplary Middle Level School

   Focus is on:
       Collaboration
       Excellence in meeting the needs of students
       Unique education and training for MS staff
       Ability to support students and content
       Education
       Experience
       Balance
                 Components

   Preparation to meet unique needs of early
    adolescents
   Understanding of physical, intellectual,
    emotional, social, and moral needs of
    early adolescents
   Employing educational strategies that
    actively engage students
   Integration of content areas
                     Element Five
    Defining the Leadership for the Exemplary
               Middle Level School

   Focus is on:
        Shared leadership
        “Work the crowd”
        Close, ongoing interactions with students
        Collaborative work to create high behavioral
         and academic expectations
        Insight into unique talents of all
        Create opportunities to build leaders
                 Components

   Strong supportive leadership within teams
    and the school
   Students are the center of the school
   Recognition of the value of communities
    of learners
   Climate of mutual respect, shared
    involvement, and ownership
   How students are taught is as important
    as what they are taught
                     More

   Teachers share and mentor each other
   Facility is designed and built to support
    teamwork with students and staff
   Age-appropriate resources available
   Teachers are essential educational leaders
    whose voice is valued
   Students and staff contribute to the
    learning and local community
   Community values are supported
            Resources

       Elements of an
Exemplary Middle Level School
        Available through the
       Wisconsin Association
     for Middle Level Education

        www.wamle.org
  Insights, Questions?



Please share your expertise,
         experience,
       and interests!
             Opportunities
   WAMLE Annual Conference – our 25th
    Anniversary Conference, OCT 9-10,
    2008, Chula Vista Resort, WI Dells
   AWSA Middle Level Commission
    Conference, FEB 13-15, Stevens Point
   NMSA Essentials Conference, APR 4-5,
    Minneapolis, MN
We’d love to hear from you!
   Shelley Joan Weiss
       sweiss@waunakee.k12.wi.us

   Dave Allen
       allen@platteville.k12.wi.us

   WAMLE
       www.wamle.org
THANK YOU!




  Have a
Great Day!