Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

General Sessions

The general sessions at #AMLE19 will be a blend of inspiring information and motivating insights that will get you excited about being a middle level educator.

Just One Educator Can Completely Alter the Trajectory of a Child

Thursday - November 7, 2019
In this keynote address, Baruti Kafele will state emphatically to middle level educators that you possess the power to completely alter the trajectory of a child. He will encourage you to reflect on your initial "why" for entering the world of education and remind you of the significance of holding your "why" close each and every day while ultimately taking children to heights previously unimagined.

Coming of Age in the Middle: Why Middle School is Prime Time for Failure

Friday - November 8, 2019
Middle level educators bear witness to remarkable leaps in autonomy, competence, and connection alongside tragic missteps, mistakes, and outright failures. Educators who have chosen to spend their days with tweens and teens are in a unique position to teach and model positive, adaptive responses to the highs and lows kids face as they become their best, fully-realized selves. Lahey will outline the research on human motivation, learned helplessness, and individuation and offer concrete, actionable tips for making middle school a place of positive change and optimal learning and growth.