Addressing Student and Parent Concerns about Transition to the Middle Level
Presenter: Gail Heinemeyer

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As students and parents begin to think about transition to the middle level, they have many concerns and are often filled with anxiety. In this webinar, we will discuss ways to identify those concerns, explain the difference between an orientation program and a transition program, and share procedures to develop a transition camp. The transition camp helps both students and parent become more comfortable as they make the move to middle level. Addressing the mystery of and dispelling the myths about the middle level can lead to students being more successful in school and parents more willing to work with staff as partners in their children's education.

Gail Heinemeyer
Gail Heinemeyer was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Ridley School District since 1972. In 2007, she moved to the central office as Director of Support Services with responsibilities that included conducting the district induction program, state reporting, overseeing child accounting and enrollment, coordinating student teacher assignments, supervising ESL, guidance, and nursing services, as well as managing the district website and cable TV.

Gail has been actively involved in both the state and national middle level associations. She has presented at AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) national conferences. She a member of AMLE's speakers cadre, and has been on the faculty of the AMLE Leadership Institute since 2003. Her areas of expertise include teaming, teacher induction, early warning indicators, transition to and from middle level, and school leadership.
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