Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Dru Tomlin

Dru Tomlin is the principal of Heritage Middle School in Westerville, Ohio and is proud and passionate to serve his students, staff, and families every day. Dru was formerly the director of middle level services for the Association for Middle Level Education, and in that role, demonstrated a commitment to educational improvement and a passion for teaching, learning, and middle school. He began his work in the middle grades as a young adolescent at Lynnhaven Junior High School in Virginia Beach, trying to fit in with other kids while also playing tuba in the marching and concert bands. In 1994, Dru began his formal career in education as an English teacher at Harrisonburg High School in Virginia and then, in 1998, he discovered the joys of middle school in Georgia as a language arts, reading, and social studies teacher and then as a school administrator. He has also been a school system staff development trainer and a faculty member for AMLE's Leadership Institute, believing firmly in the power of professional learning. For his work, Dru has been recognized as a school system Teacher of the Year and as Georgia's Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year. He holds a PhD in Teaching and Learning and a MS in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, a BA in English/Secondary Education from James Madison University, and a Certificate of Perfect Attendance from Lynnhaven Junior High School.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Making Advisory Really Work for Every Student
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

Advisory is a critical ingredient in the recipe of an effective middle school, but cooking it up is challenging! All young adolescent students need advisors and mentors as role models. Advisory is not a scheduled time or event but must be interwoven into the curriculum and daily operation of a middle grades school. Examine what, when, where, and how to make advisory work to improve the lives of young adolescents and share questions, experiences, and success stories of advisory programs.

Saturday - November 9, 2019
DIG into Data: Using Data for School Improvement
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms

Building an effective and amazing middle school is challenging work. Middle level leaders want to not only create great schools, but they want to maintain and sustain them. The essential key to this process is knowing how to gather, analyze, and utilize critical data about best middle school practices and the level at which they are being implemented at one's school. Explore this topic by engaging in data protocols that get people passionately digging into data every day!