Education Spotlight: Utah Schools to Watch Program

The Schools to Watch program was developed by The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform to identify high-performing middle-grades schools.

Our June education spotlight features Kaylyn Gubler Principal at Lava Ridge Intermediate School who gave a little overview of their school’s accomplishments and what it meant to them to be selected for the first time to be a part of ‘Utah School to Watch.‘   John Murdock, Principal at Albert R. Lyman Middle School also received their first designation this year. He was joined in the audience by supporters from Fort Herriman Middle School who have been part the program for four years.

Several members of the Utah Schools to watch with State Superintendent Syd Dickson
Fort Herriman contigent.

The National Forum is an alliance of educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents. In order to prepare students to be lifelong learners ready for college, career, and citizenship, the National Forum seeks to make every middle-grade school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable.

Kaylyn Gubler stands at podium making a presentation
Kaylyn Gubler, Principal, Lava Ridge Intermediate School, Washington County School District. 




Utah currently has 13 schools designated in the program, which is available to 18 states The National Forum selected and honored 465 successful schools across the country during the Annual STW Conference.

For more information on the program and to find out how to apply to be a participating school, visit the website for The National Forum at:

There is also a rubric available for self study if your school is not quite ready to apply.

Congratulations to our Utah Schools!