Institute for Middle Level Leadership

Savannah, GA • June 21-24, 2015
Hyatt Regency
 
San Diego, CA • June 28-July 1, 2015
Hyatt Mission Bay
Designed for school leaders who are committed to the success of every student.

  • School Improvement Facilitators
  • Principals
  • Teacher Leaders
  • School Leaders
  • Team Leaders
  • Superintendents
  • Asst. Principals
  • Dept. Chairs
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Aspiring Leaders

The premier opportunity to build the skills and knowledge necessary to lead middle grades schools and students.

Q: Who should attend?

“Nowhere else will you meet middle level educators from around the globe who share your challenges but attack them in different ways ... priceless!”
—Institute Attendee

A: A good leader is someone who inspires and helps others achieve their goals. YOU are a leader for the students you serve, for the teachers you work with, and for the community that counts on YOU!

An Invitation

Please accept our invitation to attend the Association for Middle Level Education 2015 Institute for Middle Level Leadership. The institute is widely considered to be the best national professional learning opportunity focused on building the skills and knowledge necessary to lead middle level schools and educate young adolescents.

Designed to meet the needs of middle level leaders, the institute will enable you to create the most effective educational experience for the young adolescents you serve. This event will not be a time to sit and listen—it will be a time to interact and engage.

Late afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the company of your team, network with other professionals, and forge new friendships. The institute is a perfect opportunity to bring the entire family!

We look forward to having you join our professional learning communities!

William D. Waidelich, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Association for Middle Level Education

Overview

Purpose
Participants will be inspired and energized to positively impact all involved in the education of middle grades students.
 
A conference as unique as the middle grades students you serve!
This institute will help you and your school leaders create the most effective educational experience for every young adolescent you serve.

  • Become effective and collaborative leaders for your students, fellow educators, and community.
  • Use the research-based and proven middle grades practices found in This We Believe as the framework to create high-performing middle grades schools.
  • Build a community of practice (CoP) that will assist you with challenges and share in your successes before, during, and after the institute.

Construct your own experience!
As a leadership institute participant, you will experience:

  • Personalized instruction that is responsive to the needs of participants, school teams, districts, and state teams.
  • Leaders who are courageous, collaborative, compassionate, and reflective.
  • A safe space for taking the risks to implement actions necessary to improve schools.
  • An environment based on energy, humor, and humanity.

These beliefs make the AMLE Leadership Institute experience a unique and powerful professional learning opportunity!

Topics & Facilitators

Key Topic Areas
One of the many things that makes the institute so unique and powerful is that the content is driven by YOU! Throughout the institute, the following topics will also be covered:

  • Addressing equity in schools
  • Advisory and advocacy
  • Assessment (formative/summative)
  • At-risk students
  • Closing the achievement gap
  • Coaching and supporting educators
  • College and career readiness
  • Common core in the middle grades
  • Developing teacher leaders
  • Differentiating instruction
  • Digital literacy in the 21st century
  • Effective middle grades leaders
  • Engaging parents and community
  • English language learners
  • Evidence-based middle grades practices
  • Flipped classroom
  • Improving graduation rates
  • Interdisciplinary learning & leading
  • Integration of technology (1:1 initiatives)
  • Middle level philosophy
  • School culture and community
  • School safety
  • Student achievement
  • Student-centered learning
  • Student engagement
  • Student support and RTI
  • Teaming
  • Transition to and from the middle grades
  • Understanding young adolescents
  • Using data to guide instruction
  • And more!
“The institute provides effective strategies to jump start the year and refuels your engine.”
—Institute Attendee

The leadership Institute Faculty believe in:

  • Developing courageous, collaborative, compassionate, and reflective leaders.
  • Providing a safe space for taking the risks to implement the actions necessary to improve schools.
  • Creating a personalized experience that is responsive to the needs of participants, school teams, districts, and state teams.
  • Fostering an environment based on energy, humor, and humanity.

These beliefs make the AMLE Leadership Institute experience a unique and powerful professional learning opportunity!

Conference Structure

The AMLE difference

Practical:
Every session is packed with “how to” strategies for everyday situations.

Focused:
AMLE can only accept the first 200 registrants, ensuring that the focus is on you and your team.

Exciting:
Engaging presentations! The institute is a hands-on, exciting and energizing event that will change the way you lead your school.

*Bonus: Each attendee receives a complimentary copy of This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents and This We Believe in Action: Implementing Successful Middle Level Schoolsa $50 value

“If you want to build a successful academic team, AMLE will provide you with the foundation and blueprint you need.” —Institute Attendee

 
With a focus on research-based practices, each day of the institute combines:

  • Discussion
  • Peer-facilitated learning
  • Interactive sessions
  • Opportunities for you to address topics that matter to YOU!

A Personal touch
The institute has three distinct means of shaping the experience to better serve your personal and professional needs.

  • Ongoing Communication: prior to, during, and after the institute, you have the opportunity to submit ideas and suggestions that will shape your experience.
  • Ideas to Practice: bring your most challenging issues, and then collaborate toward successful solutions to use in your school.
  • Many Opportunities: you and your team can meet with experts to improve your school.

Extend the Experience
Build on your experience and continue your leadership growth, even after you’ve returned home.

  • Collaboration with other participants gives you practice in solving your most challenging middle grades issues.
  • As an institute alumni, you will continue to receive access to experts and personalized professional learning long after you return to your school.
  • Use the resources and benefits that come with your AMLE membership.
  • Never miss a session! All session materials will be available to all participants.

Conference Schedule

Sunday: June 21, Savannah, GA / June 28, San Diego, CA
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet—Icebreaker Activity
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome and Dinner (included)
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Large Group Activity
7:10 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting #1
 
Monday: June 22, Savannah, GA / June 29, San Diego, CA
7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Content Breakout Session #1
9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting #2
10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Similar School Sessions
11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Lunch (included)
12:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Content Breakout Session #2
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Best Practices Sharing
3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Community of Practice (CoP) #3
3:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Special Mission
5:00 p.m. – Individual or School Planning Time
 
Tuesday: June 23, Savannah, GA / June 30, San Diego, CA
7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Content Breakout Session #3
9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting #4
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Open Space Activity
10:30 a.m. – 11:10a.m. Open Space Session 1
11:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Open Space Session 2
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Job Alike Sessions
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (included)
1:20 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Content Breakout Session #4
2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting #5
3:10 p.m. – Individual or School Planning Time
 
Wednesday: June 24, Savannah, GA / July 1, San Diego, CA
7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Breakfast (included)
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Content Breakout Session #5
9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Content Breakout Session #6
10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. General Session
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting #6

Locations

The institute is a perfect opportunity to bring the entire family!
The hardest decision to make is which beautiful location to choose—Savannah or San Diego.


Savannah, GA, June 21–24, 2015
Hyatt Regency

2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Tel: 1-912-238-1234

All events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Enjoy endless activities in Savannah as a guest of the hotel. Located in the heart of America’s largest historic district, the hotel is within walking distance of River Street, with restaurants, nightlife, and proximity to famous sights. Indulge in delicious coastal fare, explore the charms of the city by trolley and riverboat, or play a round of 18-hole golf at one of the nearby courses. Located on Bay Street, the Savannah riverfront hotel is situated near popular attractions like River Street, City Market, and Tybee Island also known as Savannah Beach. Stop by the concierge desk for maps, brochures, and other helpful information and to book tickets, tours, and reservations. You can even reach out before you travel with the hotel’s E-Concierge service and via Twitter @HyattConcierge.

Reservations:
Reserve on or before May 30, 2015 to ensure the amazing AMLE group rate. After May 30, 2015, AMLE and the Hyatt cannot guarantee availability or rate. Book early as space is limited.
Make reservations online, or contact the hotel at 912-238-1234.

Mention the AMLE Room Block to save!
*
Please note, reservations must be made in the name of participant. Reservations not made in the name of actual attendee are subject to cancellation.

Limited number of rooms—book early!
Discount Reservation Deadline: May 30, 2015
Special Conference Hotel Rate: $185
(Rate includes resort fee & complimentary wireless internet, (taxes and other fees not included)

Transportation:


San Diego, CA, June 28-July 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, California, USA, 92109
Tel: 619 224 1234

Experience the epitome of California coastal chic at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina San Diego vacation resort near SeaWorld San Diego. Expect the best at this remarkable San Diego vacation resort offering incredible ocean views, waterfront dining, a contemporary poolside lounge, eco-friendly spa, and redesigned hotel rooms and suites and meeting rooms. The only resort hotel in San Diego with multiple water slides, you'll delight in a water playground with three new pools, waterfront health club, and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sportfishing, and whale excursions.

Reservations:
Reserve on or before June 5, 2015 to ensure the amazing AMLE group rate. After June 5, 2015, AMLE and the Hyatt cannot guarantee availability or rate. Book early as space is limited.
Make reservations online, or contact the hotel at 619 224 1234.

Mention the AMLE Room Block to save !
*Please note, reservations must be made in the name of participant. Reservations not made in the name of actual attendee are subject to cancellation.

Limited number of rooms—book early!
Discount Reservation Deadline: June 5, 2015
Special Conference Hotel Rate: $194
(Rate includes resort fee & complimentary wireless internet, (taxes and other fees not included))

Transportation:

Registration

Included in registration

“The institute was a worthwhile event that really helped me reflect on my own personal growth as well as how to facilitate growth of my staff.”
—Institute Attendee

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Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so register early.

Phone: 1-800-528-6672
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