Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Gail Heinemeyer

Gail 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. Her responsibilities included conducting the district induction program; state reporting; overseeing child accounting and enrollment; coordinating student teacher assignments; supervising ESL, guidance, and nursing services; and 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 Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) national conferences. She is trained as a consultant for AMLE's School Improvement Assessment, is a member of their speaker's cadre, and has been on the faculty of the AMLE Leadership Institute since 2003. Retiring from Ridley in 2017, she remains actively involved with AMLE and providing professional development to schools throughout the country.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Alleviating Student and Parent Fears about Transition to the Middle Level
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
As students and families face transition to the middle grades, their worries about "what's next?" can be debilitating. Successful middle level schools are proactive, using a variety of transition experiences. They involve all stakeholders in planning to make transition a time of excitement rather than fear. Student academic achievement often declines in the first two months, but an ongoing, well-planned transition program can help students and their parents make a better adjustment. Participants will learn proven strategies that help stakeholders feel welcome and supported.

Saturday - November 9, 2019
Making Every Day Count – Focus on Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
Attendance is a key predictor of a student's chance for academic success. By examining attendance rates, school personnel can identify students who are chronic absentees and need early intervention to address their absenteeism. Excessive absences are one of the early warning indicators that a student may not graduate on time and is at greater risk of dropping out. Using an assessment tool, you can determine how your school addresses the issue of attendance. We will look at a variety of strategies to increase student attendance. Participants will be asked to share successful programs.