Improving Schools


Through its Schools to Watch® (STW) program, the Forum has developed criteria for identifying high-performing middle-grades schools, created tools to help schools use the criteria, expanded the program to 17 states, and selected and honored 465 successful schools across the country during the Annual STW Conference.  Visit the Schools to Watch website for more information.

Comprehensive School Reform Models

Many National Forum members have developed or are in the process of designing comprehensive school reform models aimed at bringing about whole-school change. These programs are supported, in part, by different sponsors, including the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the US Department of Education, New American Schools, and several private foundations. What makes these programs distinctive is that they seek to bring about changes in all facets of the school, including organization and climate; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; professional development; leadership; and parent/community involvement.

Below are several comprehensive school reform models which are being used in middle-grades schools across the country. Their developers are all members of the National Forum.


For more information on comprehensive school reform and reform models, visit the National Clearinghouse on Comprehensive School Reform.