July 26, 2012
Dear District and County Superintendents and Middle School Principals:
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2012–13
SCHOOLS TO WATCH™—TAKING CENTER STAGE PROGRAM
I am pleased to announce that the California Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) application process for 2012–13 is now open. The STW™—TCS program identifies model middle grades schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and have a culture of strong collaborative leadership while substantially increasing student academic achievement. The California Department of Education (CDE) has set forth eligibility requirements to apply. These include the following:
California has participated in the STW™ program since 2002 with the support and participation of members of the California Middle Grades Alliance.1 In a collaborative effort, schools are designated to serve as models for challenged middle grades schools whose educators are seeking best practices for their own young adolescent students to increase whole-child success. Please visit the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) STW™—TCS Web page at http://www.clms.net/stw/schools.htm to view all current 36 model school profiles.
The CDE and CLMS developed several useful documents to complete the application process. Please access the following documents regarding the STW™—TCS program:
The 2012–13 applications are due Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Please note that schools that self-select their student population or have special entry requirements for students to attend the school cannot be considered for a STW™—TCS designation.
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Marsha Robinson, Education Programs Consultant, K–12 Innovation and Improvement Office, by phone at 916-319-0352 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The California Middle Grades Alliance is a cross-organizational collaborative dedicated to providing policy support for California’s 1.5 million middle grades students. It is comprised of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) of California; Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)—Middle Grades Council; California Department of Education (CDE)—K-12 Innovation and Improvement Office; California League of Middle Schools (CLMS); California Middle Grades Partnership Network (CMGPN); California School Boards Association (CSBA); California Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS); California State Parent Teacher Association (CAPTA); California Teachers Association (CTA); Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA).