Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Philadelphia, PA • November 6–8, 2017

Spark & Tell Sessions

Fast-paced and informative, these sessions will spark an idea and provide resources and connections to help you dive deeper on your own. Every 10-minute presentation will feature an innovative idea, inspiration, or initiative happening right now in classrooms and schools. Prepare to be reenergized and rejuvenated as your educational toolbox overflows.

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Session NamePresenter NameSession Type
5 Steps to Promote Social-Emotional Learning in AdvisoryD'Amore, EllenSpark & Tell
A Roadmap for 360º Learning and Student ShowcasesTarlow, MikelaSpark & Tell
Avoiding the Middle School PlungeBu Shell, ShawnaSpark & Tell
Backchanneling: Ultimate Student EngagementChandler, Amber R.Spark & Tell
Be an Educational Lorax!Bloch, Todd S.Spark & Tell
Beyond the Grade: Breaking the Grade-to-Student-to-Trash Assignment CyclePowell, KatieSpark & Tell
Call in Dr. Doodle: The Benefits of Student DoodlingPollifrone, OliviaSpark & Tell
CAP-i-tell: A Media Rich Approach to Literacy for Reluctant WritersBarnes-Johnson, JoySpark & Tell
Challenging Disruption: An Analysis of Blended Learning among Culturally Diverse Middle Level Students and TeachersHighley, Thomas A.Spark & Tell
Creating Community Within The ClassroomCathcart, Rae M.Spark & Tell
Customized Academic Interventions for Students At Risk of FailingHicks, ErinSpark & Tell
Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: Blending Theatre and History in Your Secondary Classroom!McDaniel, LaurileaSpark & Tell
Empowering Students and Faculty to Collaborate as a TeamIvey, William S.Spark & Tell
Engaging and Assessing: Online Infographics and Concept MapsMoroz, KarenSpark & Tell
Engaging Students in Science through StationsVawter, GailSpark & Tell
Finding Balance: Meeting Academic and SEL Needs With A Unique Hard and Soft Skill ConceptVenza, Krista M.Spark & Tell
Flex Scheduling, It's Healthy for EveryoneTomon, CathySpark & Tell
From Stolen Art to Forties Fashion: World War II Interdisciplinary ProjectsWanamaker, ClaireSpark & Tell
From Tall 5th Graders to Thriving Middle Grades Students: The Journey of 6th GradePerkins, Maggie O.Spark & Tell
Hashtags and History: Using Social Media to Modernize Historical NarrativesPerry, Anne A.Spark & Tell
How Action Research Informs What Counts in Middle Grades MathematicsIvory, TeekaSpark & Tell
How Batman Can Help Our Students' Mental Health?Frisch, RyanSpark & Tell
In a Perfect World, this Would Happen: Thinking Differently about Engaging Middle Level LearnersHendrix, TamiSpark & Tell
Incorporating Student Teachers in Your ClassroomEndres, Margaret M.Spark & Tell
Increase Parent Involvement in Middle Level Education: What Parents Have to SayElliott, Vanessa R.Spark & Tell
Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out Asking Educators to “Teach Us Something New”Wolpert-Gawron, HeatherSpark & Tell
Let’s Teach Students What is and isn’t “Fake News”Silva, JohnSpark & Tell
Literature Circles Made Easy: Resources and More!Combs, RuchelleSpark & Tell
Maker Education in the Middle School LibraryThomas, BethSpark & Tell
Making Math Real: Unit Pricing Scavenger Hunt and Preparing for a Math CaféVorensky, Sandra B.Spark & Tell
Middle School Choices: Fueling My Healthy Life. Innovative Nutrition Education StrategiesStapley, DesireSpark & Tell
Mindfulness: The 21st Century Superpower for StudentsTashian, ErinSpark & Tell
Mix and Fix: Problem Solving Through Mixed Ability GroupingWilliams, Brittany N.Spark & Tell
PEACE Crew: Modeling Compassion, Pride and Civic Mindedness Within A School CommunityVenza, Krista M.Spark & Tell
Philanthropy through Project Based LearningSteuer, RyanSpark & Tell
Placed-based Learning: Investigating Georgia Sea TurtlesSoares, LinaSpark & Tell
Positive Behavior Expectations: Proactive Method that Promotes Respect and Student AccountabilityLentfer, VictoriaSpark & Tell
Put a Pencil to Your Temple and Connect to Students' Brains with Hamilton in the ClassroomTyler, Lilyanne W.Spark & Tell
Rules for Life: Ethics for Middle SchoolersChandler, Amber R.Spark & Tell
Seeing the BIG Picture with HyperDocsTamburlin, JenniferSpark & Tell
Show What You Know: A Creative Cross-Curricular Approach to AssessmentSeidel, LindsySpark & Tell
Singing A New Song With Parents About HomeworkKordatzky, RebeccaSpark & Tell
Survival Kit for Middle School Science TeachersMcGinnis, PattySpark & Tell
Teachers on Tour: Building a Network of Teacher LeadersFellows, BrianSpark & Tell
Teaching Tolerance and Acceptance in the Middle Grades ClassroomHardy, MeganSpark & Tell
The Engagement ChecklistPalank, David T.Spark & Tell
The Middle School Mind: Engage the EnragedCruden, Gretchen M.Spark & Tell
The Role of Internships In Today's SchoolsEvans, Sally A.Spark & Tell
The Versatility of Google DrawingsTamburlin, JenniferSpark & Tell
The Whole Student: Supporting Academic Content, Social-Emotional Learning, and Behaviors for SuccessJackson, Lundon C.Spark & Tell
The Wonder of it All: Integrating Curriculum through a Novel Study of WonderWall, AmandaSpark & Tell
Twitter Tips for EducatorsCurrie, BradSpark & Tell
Unique Pearls: Cultivating Greatness Among At-Risk Girls in an Inner City Middle SchoolMitchell, KevaSpark & Tell
Warm Up to Number Sense and Reasoning SkillsLewis, GlenSpark & Tell
Where We're From: Exploring Connections in Buffalo, NYSmith, SandySpark & Tell
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Using Discussion and Debate for Culturally Responsive PurposesSowell, Jennifer L.Spark & Tell
Why Should We Differentiate Instruction in Middle School Mathematics?Owens-Mosby, DeAnna N.Spark & Tell
Zika: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?McGinnis, PattySpark & Tell