Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Featured Sessions

These engaging and entertaining sessions feature acclaimed middle grades experts speaking about topics vital to middle level education. The conference is organized into four powerful strands to help you customize your experience. Below are featured sessions with invited speakers organized by date and strand. *Sessions are subject to change.

Use the digital program guide to access full session details including date, time, and room number.

Strands:

Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference
Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
High Impact Classroom Strategies
Characteristics of High Performing Middle Schools

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Inquiring Minds: Teaching and Learning with Good Questions
Erik Francis
It Is Time to S.H.I.N.E. – Create a Thriving Culture That Starts with Celebrating YOU!
LaVonna Roth
Middle School: A Place to Belong and Become
Patti Kinney & Laurie Barron
Culture Starts with You
Bobby Moore
Does Instruction Thrive Under My Leadership? A Discussion on Effective Instructional Leadership
Baruti Kafele
Climate & Culture are a Reflection of My Leadership!
Baruti Kafele
Stop the PD Insanity: Strategies for Motivating Teachers to Reach and Teach Students in the Real World
Charles Beaman
The Advisor Within: Creating an All-Inclusive Advisory Program
Christine Toth
Bold Humility
Dave Schmittou
Fostering a Positive School Climate and Culture in Schools
Denver Fowler
Alleviating Student and Parent Fears about Transition to the Middle Level
Gail Heinemeyer
Making Advisory Really Work for Every Student
Dru Tomlin
Teaching Kids to Thrive: Integrating SEL Skills into the Curriculum
Debbie Silver
To Succeed in the Middle, Keep Moving Forward!
Debbie Silver
Worksheet Busters: Easy, Low Prep Activities You Can Use Again and Again for Any Content
Katie Powell
Taming the Grading: Ways to Use Homework as Valuable Instructional Time Without Grading for Hours at Home
Katie Powell
Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Marcia Tate
Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones
Marcia Tate
Teaching Kids to Thrive: Creating an SEL Culture in Your Building
Dedra Stafford
Don’t Worry – Be Happy! 9 Social Emotional Hooks that Engage Students
Charles Beaman
PLC 2.0: A Newly Enhanced Model to Ensure High Levels of Learning for ALL Students
Garth Larson
Physical Academia—This Joint is Jumpin'!
Rick Wormeli
Reflective Coaching for All Teachers: Becoming Reflective Practitioners, Not Ego-Guardians
Rick Wormeli
Chasing Greatness: The Transformation of our School from SOS to Success!
Beth Houf
Friday, November 8, 2019
34 Things a Teacher Can Do Before Writing a Referral
Charles Beaman
DIP IT! Differentiate, Individualize, and Personalize Learning
Erik Francis
You Don’t Have to Be “Different” to Work at the Middle Level (But It Helps!)
Debbie Silver
Chasing the Unicorn of Classroom Management
Dedra Stafford
Engage Me, Please … Using Brain-Powered Learning
LaVonna Roth
Culture Starts with You
Bobby Moore
Stuck “In the Middle”: Managing Your Career Path and Finding Your Perfect Fit
Christine Toth
Educational Technology for School Leaders in the 21st Century
Denver Fowler
Leading Learning from the Middle
Patti Kinney
From Me to Me: Personalized Leadership Growth
Juan Rodriguez
Effective Instructional Strategies + Technology = Student Success
David Hayward
Blended Learning in Your Classroom
David Hayward & Stephanie Howell
It's Like Riding a Bike: How to Make Learning Last a Lifetime
Dave Schmittou
Get Your Classroom Thinking! Deeper Learning Strategies for Any Classroom
Dedra Stafford
Using Dialogue to Increase Engagement and Promote Deep Learning for ALL Students
Garth Larson
Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom
Jessica Lahey
Lecture Busters: Engaging Ways to Break Up Your Lecture and Get Students Thinking
Katie Powell
Engaging Boys …Yes, It Is Possible!
Kim Campbell
If You Can’t Manage Them, You Can’t Teach Them
Kim Campbell
Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?
Marcia Tate
Building Teacher Capacity for Creativity
Rick Wormeli
House of Hornets! Creating a Culture and Climate of Inclusion through the Implementation of a School House System
Beth Houf & Melody Hapner
Professional Learning Communities in the Middle
Beth Houf
Enhanced Connections – Balancing New Tech to Build Real Social Emotional Learning
Joe Welch, Nathan Maynard, Brad Weinstein, Arshya Vahabzadeh
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention in Middle Schools
Jessica Lahey
DIG into Data: Using Data for School Improvement
Dru Tomlin
Making Every Day Count – Focus on Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
Gail Heinemeyer
Difficult Conversations
Juan Rodriguez
Restorative Justice: What It Is and How Does It Work?
Kim Campbell
Leadership for Teacher Engagement and Cultural Shift in Schools
Rick Wormeli