Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Orlando, FL • October 25–27, 2018

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These informative, solution-driven sessions will feature presenters from around the world sharing their expertise in more than 30 topic areas specific to the middle grades. Hand-selected to ensure the best in professional learning, the AMLE2018 Concurrent Sessions are designed to transform the way you teach. Bring your favorite note-taking tools because you'll want to try all of these ideas when you get back to school!

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DateStrandNameMain PresenterSession Type
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceAfrican American Male Initiative: A Middle School Track to Closing the Achievement GapMoeser, ElliottConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsApplications for Practice from the new Research Agenda for Middle Grades EducationMertens, Steven B.Concurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesConscious Classroom Management: Creating the Learning Environment You’ve Always WantedAnderson, KatieConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceFifty Ways to Show You Lov'emJensen, Randy C.Concurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceJust Ask Us: Inviting Our Geek to the ClassroomWolpert-Gawron, HeatherConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesLearning to THINK…Thinking to LEARN!Dean, JamesConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsLeveling the Field Through Master Scheduling: If You Build It, Students Will ThriveRetzlaff, SteveConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesNumber Sense and Problem Solving, Don't Leave Middle School Without Them!Thomas, EdwardConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesPractices to Support an Equitable ClassroomHable, RoxanneConcurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsRenewal, Restore, and Remember Who We AreRoberts, Ann MaryConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsThe 6th Grade Transition - An Effective Master ScheduleShanks, SteveConcurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsUsing Students Natural Aptitudes to Get Them on the Right PathwayGarza, ArmandoConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesBlended Learning – A Mixture of Best Practices to Promote Active Learning for ALL StudentsStrayer, Troy E.Concurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceBuilding Civility: Positive School Climate Activities for Students, Staff, and ParentsBest, RebeccaConcurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsCoaching 1 on 1: How to be a Better Instructional Coach, TodayCain, SeanConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceCreating a School Climate of Respect, Equity and ToleranceEdwards, BettyConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesEscape This! Boredom, Apathy, and Rote Memory That Is!Stewart McCafferty, Anita J.Concurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesHow to Engage Students and Community Through a Middle Level MusicalRipley, CynthiaConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesInsight Into Highly Effective Innovative InstructionWalker, Robert E.Concurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceLeading Schools in Difficult Times: Best Practices for Responding to Bias/Hate IncidentsRodriguez, Caterina M.Concurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsMiddle School Leadership is UniqueMillikan, PamConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesTeaching Students to Read Like WritersRedding, TheodoraConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsThe Teenage Brain is like a Semi–truck Without Brakes!Whitaker, LouConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesUsing Lyrics and Language As a Scaffold to Engagement with Complex TextJabari, JelaniConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceWriting for PublicationVirtue, David C.Concurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsA Happy Workplace and High Performance Starts with Teacher Engagement, But You Need More…..Waller, JeffConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesCreating a School-wide Writing ProgramGreiner, AliceConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsGetting Devices into the Hands of Every Student: Lessons Learned From a 1:1 RolloutRaper, CodyConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceLead2Feed Student Leadership Program - Empowered to Lead - Inspired to ServeSpahr, LindaConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceMake Libraries the Heart of Literacy and LearningMaxey, AndrewConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsMeasuring What Matters— Rethinking Middle School Accountability Systems in the Era of the Every Student Succeeds ActTurner, Steven L.Concurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceMulti-Age Classroom Generalist ModelTrani, RandyConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferencePutting Students FirstBarron, LaurieConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesReading for Meaning with Read Naturally LiveDenbow, BarbConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceRisks, Rewards, and ResultsUskali, ErickaConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceService-Learning and School ImprovementAndrews, GayleConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesStrategies for Personalizing Social and Emotional LearningSwartzer, KeelyConcurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsUsing the Science of Adolescent Learning Research to Improve Teaching and LearningWaite, Winsome P.Concurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom Strategies#Content Writing Rocks!Harper, Rebecca G.Concurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsAhk, They're Coming! The Importance of Transitions and Creating a Program for Your SchoolPolumbo, KathrynConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsBuilding a National Vision and Action Agenda for Young Adolescents in the Middle GradesCascarino, JasonConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesHigh-Impact Strategies in the Math Classroom Based on John Hattie's ResearchWebber, BarbaraConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceInquiry as Stance in Teacher Education: Exploring Passions & Investigating Problems of PracticeThompson, KatherineConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesLevel Up Your Teaching: Using Video Game Ideologies in Your ClassroomPound, JasonConcurrent Session
10/25Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsMiddle Level Education Research Roundtable: Connecting Theory with PracticeFaulkner, ShawnConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceMiddle Schoolers Today Face Constructs Which Did Not Exist When Their Parents And Teachers Were in Middle SchoolCort, JenConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceMindfulness: Strategies to Increase Success and School Culture for Students and EducatorsWolbe, SusieConcurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsNational Update on the Teacher Shortage and Vision Planning for the FutureCoash Johnson, KellyConcurrent Session
10/25Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceReduce Adolescent Bullying with Social-Emotional LearningPearsall, MattConcurrent Session
10/25High Impact Classroom StrategiesSwitch on the Adolescent Brain: Keys to Teaching and Leading How the Brain LearnsWhite, DeniseConcurrent Session
10/25Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsTaming Student Data Overload: A Visual ApproachLaguerre, FabriceConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom Strategies20 Tips n’ Tricks for the Blended Learning ClassroomRaper, EmilyConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceClassroom Management Through a Social-Emotional Health LensFolkenroth, Seth A.Concurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesDifferentiation Strategies for English Language Learners: NewcomersDrady, Ashlee M.Concurrent Session
10/26Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsGoing Global: A Rationale and Template for School-Wide Global IntegrationTsivourakis, NikoConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesLead2Feed Student Leadership Program – Find Out What Is New This YearSpahr, LindaConcurrent Session
10/26Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsLEADING IN LITERACY: Implementing Strategies to Build School Wide Effective Literacy Teaching and LearningDunsmore, KaiLonnieConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesNow THAT'S a Good Question!Francis, ErikConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceOur Awesome LGBTQ YouthWitczak, JulieConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferencePanel Discussion: Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education, Equity and Cultural Responsiveness in Middle GradesBrinegar, Kathleen M.Concurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceSEL and Restorative Practices in Middle School: School-wide Integration StrategiesKandel, JulietConcurrent Session
10/26Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsThe Florida Council of 100’s Grades 4-8 ReportWard, BobConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceThe Happiness Advantage in Education: Realizing Our Big PotentialKaiser, GregConcurrent Session
10/26Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsWriting Your Stories: Strategies and Tools to Support Your SuccessCaskey, Micki M.Concurrent Session
10/26Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms@Twitter 4 #ProfDevBrist, Todd L.Concurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference50 Ways to Leave Your Lecture: Active Engagement Techniques for Motivating Reluctant LearnersAnderson, KatieConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesAssessment for Student Progress, Not an Evaluative EndSabin, DeborahConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceCreating a Classroom Where Facts Prevail and Students Become Critical Consumers of News and InformationSilva, JohnConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceEducating Middle Level Hispanic and Latino Students: Opening Doors to Hope, Promise, and PossibilityCastellano, Jaime A.Concurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesGeneration Z and Metacognition: The Secret to Engaging the New Generation of StudentsElmore, TimConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesGeocaching as a Hands-on, Integrated ActivitySenn, GaryConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceHow Our Behaviors Influence Their MisbehaviorsShepard, David A.Concurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesIntegrating Technology into a Dynamic, Brain-friendly ClassroomSiegler, ShannonConcurrent Session
10/26Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsMiddle School Practices: Ten PracticesBell Ruppert, NancyConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceMoving Beyond the Middle School Classroom: From Classroom Teacher to College ProfessorJones, Jeanneine P.Concurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesPut the Highlighter Down!: Proven & Practical Approaches to Literacy for AllLipenholtz, CarrieConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesYes We Can Teach Algebra Concepts to Middle School StudentsThomas, EdwardConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesActivities for Global Citizenship: People, Food, Energy and SustainabilityHulubescu, SimonaConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesBuilding Beliefs: Teaching Empathy and Understanding through Literature and LifeMeigs-Kahlenberg, VickiConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesInstructional Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Cultural CompetencyCastellano, Jaime A.Concurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesLearning is Not a Spectator Sport: Engage StudentsFeber, JaneConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesMoving Beyond Poverty: Creating Classrooms of HopeKing, ShaunaConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesNational Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process in Action!MacPhee, MelissaConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesPowerful Pedagogies for Personalized Learning: Which is Right for your Students and Setting?LeGeros, LifeConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceR.E.S.U.L.T.S. - Promoting Postitive Behavior and Responsibility for LearningVenza, Krista M.Concurrent Session
10/26Characteristics of High Performing Middle SchoolsSchools to Watch: A Continuous Improvement Tool and National Recognition Opportunity for Your SchoolUskali, ErickaConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesTransforming Middle School Technology: Staying Ahead of the CurveRobert, JillConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceUsing Powerful Language to Increase the Academic Achievement of Reluctant LearnersHughes, Gary A.Concurrent Session
10/26Principal and Teacher Leadership that TransformsYou ARE Worth It —“Just A Teacher” IS Your Super PowerKordatzky, RebeccaConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesConnected Reading in the Middle School ClassroomMonteleone, TinaConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesEvidence-Based Leadership Skills to Improve Student AchievementWhitaker, LouConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceHelp! I Have a Middle-Schooler: Strategies for Supporting Positive Family ConnectionsKamb, RachelConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceHow Educators Can Leverage Imperfection to Improve School Culture and CommunicationFagell, PhyllisConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceMiddle School: A Place to Belong and BecomeKinney, PattiConcurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceNational Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NAPOMLE) Best Practices SessionWinter, Kim K.Concurrent Session
10/26Creating a Culture that Makes a DifferenceOvercoming Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic StudentsBoykin, Craig J.Concurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesStudent-led Digital Growth PortfoliosAllison, MaggieConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesTeacher as Game Master: Game-Based Learning through Interdisciplinary Role-Playing GamesMcDowell, ChristyConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesTechy Teaching: Develop Powerful and Engaging Learning Experiences with Edtech!Hackett, MelanieConcurrent Session
10/26High Impact Classroom StrategiesYou’re So Vain: Using Personal Identity as a Foundation for Building a More Inclusive ClassroomTellis, Stephanie E.Concurrent Session