Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Debbie Silver

With 30 years as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Dr. Silver is deeply familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten through college. One of the nation's most popular keynote speakers and professional development presenters, this former Louisiana State Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world, helping audiences interact with students on a more meaningful level. Through her best-selling books and her poignant, yet hilarious stories, she highlights relevant and tested learning theory and tools for communication. A frequent presenter for AMLE and its state affiliates, Dr. Silver's mission is to remind educators how important they are in the lives of students.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Teaching Kids to Thrive: Integrating SEL Skills into the Curriculum
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

For middle level students to thrive in their frenzied, hyper-connected environments they need to learn important competencies that go beyond academic standards. Based on her book, Teaching Kids to Thrive: Building the Other Essential Skills for Success (co-written with Dedra Stafford), Dr. Debbie Silver offers simple, practical activities that can be seamlessly woven into every curriculum. This session highlights mindfulness, self-regulation, empathy, gratitude, and other social-emotional skills students need to find success both now and in the future.

Thursday - November 7, 2019
To Succeed in the Middle, Keep Moving Forward!
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Why do some students succeed during challenging times while others struggle? Recent research points to fundamental ways educators can improve our teaching practices to help students develop perserverence and resilience. Come learn strategies to help both the students who demonstrate learned helplessness as well as those who exhibit a sense of entitlement. Debbie Silver will provide a myriad of ideas, strategies, and tools for helping students "stay the course" in both their academics and their lifelong goals.

Friday - November 8, 2019
You Don't Have to Be "Different" to Work at the Middle Level (But It Helps!)
Strand - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

In this celebration of middle school learners and those who teach them, Dr. Debbie Silver discusses the challenges as well as the humor at the middle level. Through engaging narrative, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations, Debbie connects with the souls of all who work with preadolescents. Teachers laugh and learn as they are reminded of the value of being a little "different" when working with middle school students.