Speed Learning Sessions
Thursday, November 7
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
After School Programs: Rigor Without Mortis
Just saying you have an after school program for middle school students is not enough. Please join me as we discuss a successful after school program, Students on Academic Rise (SOAR), created specifically to address the achievement gap. Participants will leave the session with ideas and tools to implement an after school program in their school.
Making Engagement Work!
Tired of disinterested students? Looking for ways to "engage" your classes? This session focuses not only on defining engagement but also identifying proven methods that work with middle school students. You will leave this session with ideas and tools to truly engage your students!
Including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conversations in the Curriculum
Despite all that happened to bring LGBT issues to the forefront of discussions about bullying, we have done very little to actually teach students anything about this aspect of human life. It is no longer acceptable to be so behind the times. Middle school students struggle with LGBT issues all the time and we need to put these issues into the curriculum. Come play games, read articles, be introduced to books, and be given some facts about the history of the LGBT movement.
Improving Student Success: Girls in Single Sex Social Studies Classroom
This presentation discusses the process of implementing single sex classroom (for girls) in a middle school in an urban school district. it discusses some of the strategies used, data so far collected on student achievement and the attitudes of girls to being placed in single sex classroom during instruction in social studies.
1500 Students - 1 Community
Kathleen McIlvaine, Misti Taton, Lisa Gomez
A word of encouragement, an all girls math class, boys reading anything but "Twilight", a menu to choose your assignment from, or a team safety net can all be ways to personalize the school environment and motivate students to be active participants in the educational process. The three non-showgirls of Vegas will share tips on how to make your neon glow. This session will provide personalization strategies that are used in a high poverty school to motivate students to be active and successful learners.
Cooperative Learning: The Ongoing Model for Success
Paul D Miller
Cooperative-learning, when implemented effectively has been demonstrated to increase academic success by establishing a student-centered classroom through compelling concept presentations, assessments for learning, and student learning teams. With over 25 years of research, STAD (Student-Teams Achievement-Divisions) continues to empower students to work together to improve their understanding of mathematics concepts through a collaborative learning approach.
Student Engagement for the 21st Century
Explore how leading research illuminates the ability for instructional methodology to energize any existing curriculum, increase student engagement, and deliver on both cognitive and affective skill development. This speed learning session will review simple and complex teaching methods ranging from content based primary source puzzles to simulations, while providing the opportunity for each attendee to participate in sample activities.
Learning is a Team Sport: How Team Teaching Can Work for You
Kimberly Cammenga, Tim Luken
Learning is a Team Sport is a presentation designed for teachers who are interested in learning if team teaching is right for them. The presenters of this session will share how they have embedded language arts curriculum into the social studies content. The results have been more instructional time for each subject, greater student achievement, an easy transition to Common Core Standards, and a whole lot of fun in the classroom!
Becoming an IB MYP School: Experiences of Teachers, Students, and Administrators
Amy Hoffman, Mark Storz
Using the voices of middle school students, teachers and administrators, this presentation identifies key themes relating to learning, teaching, professional satisfaction, and school culture as an urban public school pursues International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) candidacy. The alignment of IB MYP traits with AMLE's essential attributes and characteristics is also addressed.
Movin’ On Up: Developmentally Responsive Middle-to-High-School Transition-Related Supports
Jennifer M. Denmon, Ruchelle Owens, Cheryl R. Ellerbrock
This session will provide participants with a deeper understanding of students’ basic and developmental needs and the procedural, social, and academic aspects of the middle-to-high-school transition that cause students concern. Research-based transition supports will be shared. Participants will brainstorm ways they can supports students during this move through the implementation of various transition-related supports at their school site. Research-best best practice resources will be shared.
How to Begin and Institute a Teacher Based Advisory Program
Kathleen B. Wheeler
This session on Advisory Programs will be directed toward those who wish to either begin a new advisory program or further develop existing advisory programs. The presentation will include issues related toward scheduling (how to fit it into an already full day), total faculty involvement (how to use all certified staff), and establishing committee organization for continued development (how to keep up with new issues/topics and the need for momentum building).