Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Charles Beaman

Charles, a former middle school teacher, vice principal, and principal, was elected teacher of the year two consecutive years in different schools that served large populations of diverse students. He now consults with schools and districts nationally and internationally. He draws heavily from his experiences in schools in Germany, China, Finland, New Zealand, and other diverse settings. His doctoral dissertation details how schools can create educational environments that are developmentally responsive to the needs of middle school students. A dynamic and energetic presenter, Charles is known for his humorous approach to "nailing down" important concepts in education.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Don't Worry—Be Happy! 9 Social Emotional Hooks that Engage Students
Strand - Characteristics of High Performing Middle Schools

Too often teachers and administrators "stress out" and lose their joy trying to get students to learn. Dedicated adults eventually burnout doing the same thing over and over that does not lead to better teaching or learning. That's a form of insanity. A better approach lies in understanding a single principle: All learning is social AND emotional. Stop worrying and freaking out. Attend this session and get a grip on 9 social emotional hooks that capture students' attention and desire to learn. You'll be happy!

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Stop the PD Insanity: Strategies for Motivating Teachers to Reach and Teach Students in the Real World
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

New teachers often come to the classroom from college only to experience culture shock. Too frequently veteran teachers are ill-prepared to cope with the stress of teaching to diverse student needs in a high-stakes testing environment. It is, therefore, imperative that administrators employ sane strategies to develop, coach, and motivate teachers to reach their fullest potential. This session focuses on simple things educators can embrace, including differentiated leadership, that create an environment where teachers are empowered with a growth mindset.

Friday - November 8, 2019
34 Things a Teacher Can Do Before Writing a Referral
Strand - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

The discipline gap increases the achievement gap. It is difficult for students to achieve when they are suspended, confined to an isolated area, or frequently referred to the office. Often discipline techniques are harsh and unnecessarily punitive. This session will offer simple and positive approaches to restoring classrooms to a level of mutual respect and civility where students strive and flourish.