FORUM MEMBERSHIP

MISSION

The mission of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform is to unite key stakeholders to speak with a common voice to leverage research, policy, leadership, and replicable practices to drive middle grades reform.

VISION

In order to prepare students to be lifelong learners ready for college, career, and citizenship, the National Forum seeks to make every middle-grades school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: What exactly is Institutional Membership in the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (Forum)?

 

-Answer: Institutional Membership with the Forum is a whole-school designation available to Individual 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.

 

Question 2: Why must a school have one or more of the following grades – 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 to apply for Institutional Membership?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 3: Can schools that are not Schools to Watch be granted Institutional Membership?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 4: Can schools that are not eligible to be designated as Schools to Watch be granted Institutional Membership?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 5: Is there a fee associated with Institutional Membership?  

 

-Answer: Yes. At the moment there is a fee of $99 for a one-year membership or $275 for a three-year membership for any school regardless of its size.

 

Question 6: Why has the National Forum Board created this new membership classification?

 

-Answer: There are two basic reasons: • First, the National Forum has never had a vehicle for communicating directly with America’s middle-level community. This new membership classification will allow the National Forum to reach out to – and interact with – schools across the country (and world) that are charged with educating and nurturing young adolescents and that believe in the Forum’s Mission and Vision. • Second, the Forum is working to ramp up its efforts to effect change at the middle-level consistent with its Mission and Vision. To do this it will need strong and broadly-based backing from an informed and engaged middle-level community; hence, the need to promote and develop this new membership classification.

 

Question 7: How is the Forum’s Institutional Membership different from its other memberships?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 8: When will the Institutional Memberships be available?

 

-Answer: Institutional Memberships will be available to any eligible school on or after July 1, 2019, and accessible on the Forum’s website.

 

Question 9: What are the benefits of being an Institutional Member?

 

-Answer: 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.

Question 10: Who will “own” the Institutional Membership?

 

-Answer: The school would “own” the membership. Written correspondence from the Forum would be to the school “in Care of Whomever the School Designates.” Likewise, any E-mails from the Forum would be directed to whomever the school designates.

 

Question 11: Will Contributing and Advocating Memberships still be available for individuals?

 

-Answer: Yes. These memberships with their specific benefits and expectations will still be available.

 

Question 12: Is it possible for one person to have both a Contributing Membership and an Institutional Membership?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 13: Must a School to Watch become an Institutional Member?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 14: Can other than public schools be Institutional Members?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

Question 15: What is the renewal schedule for Institutional Memberships?

 

-Answer: Institutional Membership renewals occur on the date of the initial enrollment. Schools have the option of selecting a one-year ($99) or a three-year ($275) Institutional Membership.  

 

Question 16: Can an organization other than a school (e.g., philanthropic organization and state organization) have an Institutional Membership?

 

-Answer: 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.

 

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