The mission of NJ Schools to Watch “is to recognize schools that are on a trajectory towards implementing best practices in the middle grades.  Schools to Watch® is a national program designed to recognize schools serving students in grades 5-8 that are not necessarily perfect, but those that use best practices to address the needs of middle –level learners.   They engage in outstanding educational practices that can be replicated by others. 

NJAMLE/Schools to Watch Open House for 2015 - 2016

Come visit our Schools to Watch and learn about best practices for middle level learners. 

Open House sessions will begin at 9:00 am with a professional development session on the topic listed, 

followed by a tour of the school to see practices in action!

You may attend as many as you like - we just want to know who's coming!
  • Belhaven Middle School - STEAM, November 17
  • Belhaven Middle School - STEAM, November 18
  • Belhaven Middle School - STEAM, November 19
  • Belhaven Middle School - STEAM, November 20
  • Leonia Middle School - Middle School Advisory, December 8
  • Mountain View Middle School - Tiered Assessment, December 8
  • Leonia Middle School - Use of Primary Sources, December 9
  • Mountain View Middle School - Interactive Notebooks, December 10
  • Black River Middle School - Advisories, January 12
  • Black River Middle School - Advisories, January 13
  • Leonia MIddle School - School Data, January 12
  • Kumpf Middle School - School Climate, Teaming and Effective Teaching, January 20
  • Click this link to 

Register for Open House Sessions

email us at: schoolstowatch@njamle.org

or call:

Gail Hilliard-Nelson at 973-408-3345 or Frank Corrado,at 973-477-6070

Please join NJAMLE in congratulating our new Spotlight Schools for 2015!

Spotlight Schools
Grover Cleveland Middle School                         Union Hill Middle School
Caldwell, NJ                                            Union City, NJ

and we welcome you to visit our current Schools to Watch: Schools to Watch for 2014 – 2017
Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Leonia Middle School Clark, NJ Leonia, NJ Mrs. Jennifer Feeley, Principal Dr. Nicholas Bernice, Principal 2nd Designation for 2014-2017 Belhaven Middle School Black River Middle School Linwood, NJ Chester, NJ Dr. Frank Rudnesky, Principal Mr. Robert Mullen, Principal 3rd Designation for 2014-2017 Mountain View Middle School Mendham Borough, NJ Mr. Charles Seipp, Principal
NJAMLEand NJEA are proud to endorse this program and to take a leadership role in supporting the New Jersey Schools to Watch Program.  
We believe this presents an opportunity to promote and support the best in middle level education in New Jersey.

The NJ Schools to Watch® process uses the Schools to Watch Criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform to recognize schools that are outstanding in the following areas:  
  • Academic Excellence
  • Developmental Responsiveness
  • Social Equity
  • Organizational Structures.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making. Schools are designated for 3 years and must re-apply to maintain their status as Schools to Watch.

Recognized schools are featured in state and national publications, and are visited by educators from around the country. Schools to Watch also participate in professional development, and serve as a model for other schools using the Schools to Watch
® Criteria to guide school improvement and reform.

Contact us at:
Gail Hilliard-Nelson and Frank Corrado, Co-Directors at: schoolstowatch@njamle.org
973-408-3345 or 973-477-6070