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National Recognition for NC Middle Schools

    Seeing schools recognized for exemplary work is especially satisfying given the tenor of the times.  The recognition of Mt. Airy Middle School and Stanford Middle School as Schools to Watch demonstrates their faculties’ commitment to their students and the results they achieve.
    Schools to Watch is a 16 year old initiative of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform to identify middle schools that are “well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance.”
    These schools are academically excellent in that they challenge all students to use their minds well.  They are developmentally responsive.  This means they’re sensitive to the unique development challenge of early adolescence.  They are socially equitable by being democratic, fair, provide every student with high-quality teachers and support.
    They achieve this level of high performance by creating high-performance organizations that support and sustain their “trajectory toward excellence.  They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.”
    Recognition of excellence doesn’t just happen.  It doesn’t last forever.  Schools with this recognition have to prove themselves all over again in three years.
    State Superintendent, June Atkinson’s gave the ultimate pat on the back, “These schools demonstrate what can be achieved when you have principals and teachers who set high expectations for their students and then provide the support to ensure they succeed. All North Carolina middle schools can learn from their experiences so that more students can be academically prepared to enter high school.”
    At QTL, we’re proud to be a partner with Mt. Airy Schools and its outstanding superintendent, Dr. Greg Little.

Dave Boliek
www.qtlcenters.org

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