Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Philadelphia, PA • November 6–8, 2017

CMLA Summit

Changing the Dynamic: Emphasizing Student Engagement

This special ticketed event is an add-on option to your AMLE2017 registration.

Sunday, November 5, 2017
7:55 a.m.–3:10 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

This event, an exclusive opportunity for registered attendees of the AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, is designed for college students who are preparing to be middle school teachers and leaders. With your $25 registration, which helps us cover the cost of lunch, you will

  • Enhance your knowledge of teaching in the middle
  • Increase your career potential
  • Access special sessions and activities
  • Network and connect with others like you

In addition, your AMLE2017 registration (only $199 for students) gets you three days of access to more than 500 sessions, including General Sessions, Concurrents, Speed Learning, Spark & Tell, as well as access to 150 education exhibits.

This is truly a can't miss opportunity.

Session and Activity Schedule:

Sunday, November 5, 2017
General Session 7:55 a.m.–8:25 a.m.
"Engagement in the Classroom"
Victoria Lentfer
Victoria Lentfer will be sharing the most and least effective ways to engage students in the classroom.
Session 1 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
"Strategies to Engage Students"
Catherine Gillespie
This session is about classroom engagement with the use of fidget toys and other engaging materials. The fidget toy has become a social construct and rather excluding students that would thrive with hands-on learning tools, let's include all students in a positive learning environment. Come and learn different ways to stay engaged without being a distraction to others in the classroom.
Session 2 9:35 a.m.–10:35 a.m.
"Co-Teaching in Rural Placements: Experiences of Pre-Service Teachers"
Margaret Jones and Devynn Dunn, Georgia Southern, CMLA Grant Winner
Our CMLA members will help you relive your middle school days! We will be exploring teaching in rural placements, and how co-teaching strategies can help us become developmentally responsive teachers. By engaging participants in co-teaching models, we will show how everyone can integrate co-teaching strategies. We will also look at the importance of setting up co-teaching experiences with partner schools so pre-service teachers can learn even more from their mentor teachers.
Session 3 10:40 a.m.–11:40 a.m.
"Part of that World: Exploring CMLA Nationally"
Multiple CMLA chapters will share the learning experiences they have used to enhance student learning and active participation to give other chapters some ideas of things they could implement back home.
Lunch (provided) 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Session 4 1:05 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
"Local Middle School Teacher Panel"
Local middle grades teachers will be sharing their most memorable learning experiences and tips for engaging their students.
Raffle 1:45 p.m.–2:05 p.m.
Session 5 2:10 p.m.–3:10 p.m.
"Stations for Student Engagement Success"
Attendees will have 20 minutes to spend at each station.
  • Station 1 – Sharing Stories and Advice
  • Station 2 – Meet and greet with Victoria Lentfer
  • Station 3 – Service project for local schools