Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Marcia Tate

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County Schools, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director. She is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 400,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world and has authored seven best-sellers. She received her bachelor's degree at Spelman College, master's degree at the University of Michigan, specialist degree in educational leadership at Georgia State University, and doctorate in education at Clark Atlanta University.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - October 25, 2018
Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

"If students don't learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn.” Experience 20 brain-compatible strategies that maximize understanding and memory. Use metaphor, movement, and music to increase academic achievement for all students. Explore research that shows why these strategies are preferable to others. Ensure that brains retain key concepts, not only for tests but for life.

Friday - October 26, 2018
Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Reactive teachers wait until students misbehave and then decide how they will deal with them. Proactive teachers use techniques that detour students around the dangers of misbehavior. Therefore, many behavior problems never surface in the first place. Experience this highly engaging and practical session and learn five techniques for detouring students around the danger zones.

Friday - October 26, 2018
Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They're Learning?
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

If you wait until you have planned your lesson to decide how you will assess it, you have actually waited too late! Once you have decided what you want students to know and be able to do, the second question becomes, how will I know when they have mastered the essential learning? Leave this session with products and performances for assessing student learning.