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Featured Speakers

June 20th

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Lori L. Hayes has been described as relevant, real, and relational. Drawing from over 20 years in education, Lori uses her comedic personality to energize, inspire and challenge audiences across the globe. As a former classroom teacher, the wife of a high school administrator, and a mother, Lori "gets" students, parents, faculty, and administrators. She can't wait to help us RECHARGE ourselves and our organizations!

Lori Hayes

June 21st

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​A nationally recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After only two years, he was recognized as the outstanding educator at his school and in his district. Then in 2003, Jack received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack has also served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and has served on the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team. Jack has a master’s degree in Middle Level Education as well as an administrator’s degree.

Jack Berckemeyer

Conference Schedule

 

Thursday, June 20

Day 1: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

STW Awards - New Schools: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

 

Friday, June 21

Day 2: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

STW Awards - Redesignating Schools: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

 

Saturday, June 22

Day 3: 9:00 - 11:30 am

 

Schedule is subject to change.

SCHOOLS TO WATCH

AWARD CELEBRATIONS

 

NEW AND REDESIGNATING 
SCHOOLS TO WATCH
WILL BE HONORED!

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Bring your team,  dress to the nines, and celebrate your success!

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Hill Visits

DIY Guide is Available

Advocacy is a critical component of education policy and practice, and we want to help you make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. With our DIY Visit Guide, you can schedule and prepare for a meeting with your Senator or Representative during the National Schools to Watch Conference. Download it now and get ready to make an impact.

Early Bird

Register before January 31, 2024

Schools to Watch: $399 per person

Non-STW: $419

Standard Rate

Register between
February 1, 2024 and April 15, 2024

Schools to Watch: $449 per person

Non-STW: $489 per person

Don't Be Late!

Register between
April 15, 2024 and the day of the event

Schools to Watch: $499 per person

Non-STW: $519 per person

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ALL ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE AT:

Crystal Gateway Marriott
(not Crystal City)

1700 Richmond Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22202

Special Room Rate: $262 plus taxes & fees
Make your hotel reservations online

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CALL FOR PRESENTERS

For many teams, one of the best parts of the Schools to Watch recognition is sharing something that YOUR school does exceptionally well. What program or initiative stands out? What are you most proud of? What can you teach other schools from across the country to replicate at their sites?

Please submit a presentation idea that is interactive, useful, and fun! Resource sharing (of templates, example schedules, etc.) is encouraged. Sessions are 45 minutes in length.

Main Presenters Save $100
Once the presentation is accepted, a discount code will be sent to the main presenter. If you've already registered, we will refund you.

Frequently asked questions

  • What types of membership are available?
    There are three types of membership: • Advocating Member (Individual) : $39 • Contributing Member (Individual) : $69 • Institutional Member (School) : $99/year or $275/3-years
  • What is the renewal schedule for Memberships?
    Membership renewals occur on the date of the initial enrollment. For Institutional Memberships, schools have the option of selecting a one-year ($99) or a three-year ($275) Institutional Membership.
  • What is Institutional Membership in the National Forum?
    Institutional Membership with the Forum is a whole-school designation available to schools that believe in and support the mission and vision of the Forum and that include one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.
  • Why must a school have one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 to apply for Institutional Membership?
    Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 comprise the middle grades, and the vast majority of young adolescents (those students aged 10-15) are in these grades. Since the middle grades and young adolescents are the foci of the Forum’s work, it made sense that the Forum should limit (at least initially) Institutional Membership to those schools with one or more of the middle grades.
  • Can schools that are not Schools to Watch be granted Institutional Membership?
    Yes, but they must believe in and support the Mission and Vision of the Forum and include one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.
  • Can schools that are not eligible to be designated as Schools to Watch be granted Institutional Membership?
    Yes, but they must believe in and support the Mission and Vision of the Forum and include one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.
  • How is the Forum’s Institutional Membership different from its other memberships?
    Institutional Membership differs in several ways from currently existing memberships (Contributing Memberships and Advocating Memberships): • First, Institutional Membership is a whole-school membership while the Forum’s two other memberships are for individuals only. • Second, the Institutional Membership targets schools that believe in the Forum’s Mission and Vision and have one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9; Contributing and Advocating Memberships are for individuals who may or may not be in a School to Watch but who wish to be more active and involved in the Forum’s effort to “accelerate middle grades reform”. • Third, the Institutional Membership category provides the Forum with a mechanism to engage and communicate with a broader constituency of middle-level practitioners (nationally and internationally) than do the existing membership classifications.
  • What are the benefits of being an Institutional Member?
    The benefits of being an Institutional Member include: • The personal satisfaction of supporting the Forum in its efforts to speak with a common voice to leverage research, policy, leadership, and replicable practices to drive middle grades reform (being part of a “movement”) • Opportunities to give back to the profession (paying it forward) • Periodic reports on Forum projects to accelerate middle-grades reform • Special rates for Forum-sponsored activities • Access to all Forum publications, reports, and white papers • Access to a national network of middle-level schools that shares a common philosophy, mission, and vision.
  • Is it possible for one person to have both a Contributing Membership and an Institutional Membership?
    Technically no, since Institutional Membership is available only to an eligible school and not to an individual. That being said, a person could be both a Contributing Member and a member of a school with an Institutional Membership.
  • Must a School to Watch become an Institutional Member?
    Not at this time, but given the benefits of membership it is highly recommended that every School to Watch be an Institutional Member of the Forum.
  • Can other than public schools be Institutional Members?
    Yes, as long as they believe in and support the Mission and Vision of the Forum and that include one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.
  • Can an organization other than a school (e.g., philanthropic organization and state organization) have an Institutional Membership?
    No. Institutional Memberships are only for schools that believe in and support the Mission and Vision of the Forum and include one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.

Become a member today!

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