The New York State Middle School Association and St. Joseph’s College Present:StJosephs

Teaching for Tomorrow: Common Core Solutions for Middle-Level Success

Teaching for Tomorrow: Common Core Solutions for Middle-Level Success, offers a variety of workshops to suit your needs. This conference brings together the unique qualities of middle-level education, the essential elements and the common core. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from practitioners who have successfully integrated the common core into their practice. After attending this conference, you’ll walk away with practical strategies for teaching that you can use tomorrow.

The event is May 27th, 8a – 3p, St. Joseph’s College, 155 Roe Blvd, Patchogue, NY. Click here to register.

Highlighted opportunities provided by the Common Core Solutions for Middle-Level Success:

  • Presentations by Long Island’s best practitioners
  • A fresh take on the Common Core State Standards
  • Essential Elements Schools-to-Watch Presenters
  • 21st Century Learning Technology Workshops
  • Vendor exhibit that focuses on middle-level academic products and services


13th Annual NYS Middle School Association Middle-Level Institute
The Common Core Middle-Level Classroom — Getting It Right!
June 29 & 30, Tec-Smart, Hudson Valley Community College, Malta, NY

NYSMSA is proud to host the 13th Annual Mid-dle-Level Institute at the Hudson Valley Commu-nity College Tec-Smart Facility in Malta, NY. Participants will select one of four workshops being offered by expert practitioners and will re-ceive twelve hours of intensive middle–level in-struction. Each session is explicitly aligned to the Board of Regents’ Reform Agenda to ensure that all NYS students are “college and career ready” upon graduation. We understand the important role that middle-level educators play in preparing our students for college and careers, and our work-shop offerings will support middle-level educators in that role. Click here for the brochure!


The day starts with an energizing keynote from nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, who began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education. Workshop sessions will include two additional topics from Jack Berckemeyer, ELA, math, art, science, social studies, FACS, STEAM, subject focus group discussions, and more! Workshop selection will be sent to registrants prior to the conference. Click here for the brochure!


What Works in Middle Level Schools and Programs

We know what works in middle level school in programs. The things that work are called the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle Level Schools and Programs, usually referred to simply as the Essential Elements. The Essential Elements provide us with the guidance to deliver research-based, proven programs for our early adolescents. What are the Essential Elements? They are:

  1. A philosophy and mission that reflect the intellectual and developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents (more)
  2. An educational program that is comprehensive, challenging, purposeful, integrated, relevant, and standards-based (more)
  3. An organization and structure that support both academic excellence and personal development (more)
  4. Classroom instruction appropriate to the needs and characteristics of young adolescents provided by skilled and knowledgeable teachers (more)
  5. Strong educational leadership and a building administration that encourage, facilitate, and sustain involvement, participation, and leadership (more)
  6. A network of academic and personal support available for all students (more)
  7. Professional learning and staff development for all staff that are ongoing, planned, purposeful, and collaboratively developed (more)


Join the NYS Middle School Association Today!

Ten reasons to become an active member of NYSMSA:
  1. Receive timely information on issues of importance to middle-level educators and keep pace with New York State’s rapidly changing middle-level landscape through regular publications (e.g., In Transition), Twitter, Facebook, a weekly “newsblast”, and special, in-depth reports on timely topics.
  2. Become part of a collegial Statewide network of middle-level practitioners available 24/7 for advice and encouragement.
  3. Have access to cost-effective, quality professional development opportunities tailored to your specific needs.
  4. For schools engaged in systemic school improvement, receive expert mentoring and guidance on best practices and current research from administrators and teachers of recognized Essential Elements: Schools-To-Watch® schools.
  5. Build connections and personal contacts among the middle-level professional community.
  6. Have priority for serving on EE: STW® site visit teams and/or presenting at the annual NYSMSA Conference.
  7. Receive special registration rates for attendance at the Annual Conference and regional workshops.
  8. Support the only organization in New York State whose sole purpose is to promote middle-level education (e.g., Essential Elements) and the academic and personal development of young adolescents.
  9. Become part of the solution by working with the NYSMSA Board of Directors and its regional networks to advocate for middle-level education, middle-level educators, and young adolescents locally and statewide.
  10. Have an opportunity to “give back” to the profession, to help others as well as yourself. Demonstrate your middle-level professionalism today by joining NYSMSA.

Join today or contact your Regional Director for more information!


Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch

Click on the Schools-to-Watch button from the above navigation menu (or click here) for all you need to know about the Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch school recognition program.


Help for Implementing the Essential Elements

A set of three protocols have been developed to guide a school’s use of the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs. Taken together, the three protocols represent a comprehensive set of tools and guidance for beginning and sustaining a system of continuous reflection and improvement based upon the research-based Essential Elements and their rubrics. Each protocol can be used independently of the others.