East Middle School Named a 2018 Model School

Model School

The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators to prepare students for lifelong success, has named East Middle School as a Model School for 2018. East Middle School is being recognized for its future-focused approach and the implementation of a rigorous and relevant curriculum that challenges students to think beyond the classroom to solve real-world problems.


East Middle School is one of 23 innovative schools that will share best practices at ICLE’s 26th Annual Model Schools Conference, June 24-27 in Orlando. The Model Schools Conference is the nation’s largest event for rapidly improving K-12 schools and districts.


“We applaud these inspiring schools for persevering on a path to rapid improvement by creating a positive systemwide culture of high expectations and strong, positive relationships,” said Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education.


“Current and former staff, students and parents need to be complimented. They champion for students to become the best they can be. Extra hours, professional development, and growth mindsets have led to this recognition. The District’s Strategic Plan is exciting to get implemented. We are starting the journey to get priorities in place,” Principal Scott Phares said.


Model Schools are selected annually based on a number of criteria including substantive, data-validated growth year over year; evidence of a strong culture that puts students at the center of learning; and dedication to transforming instruction to meet the needs and demands of the future.


“This year’s Model Schools come from all pockets of the country, but are united in working toward a vision of high achievement and equitable opportunities for all students,” said Dr. Daggett. “The Model Schools Conference will provide the East Middle School the unique opportunity to engage in dialogue around real challenges and solutions, discover best practices for personalizing learning and fostering a growth mindset, and build their own personal network,” said Dr. Daggett.


The ICLE, a division of global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has observed, studied and supported the transformation of the nation’s most rapidly improving schools and districts over the past two decades.  The Model Schools Conference has attracted thousands of educators who come to learn about and share best practices for developing the classrooms of the future.


About the International Center for Leadership in Education


The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.LeaderEd.com.