Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Kim Campbell

Building on the lessons learned and techniques developed as a middle level social studies teacher since 1991, Kim is a self-proclaimed proud middle school teacher, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and consultant for the Association for Middle Level Education, Staff Development for Educators, and the Jack Berckemeyer Consulting Group. In addition to her classroom role, Kim is a dean of students at her school and is the PBIS (Positive Behavior Specialist) coordinator. Kim is also the founder and coordinator of Students On Academic Rise (S.O.A.R.), a highly successful after-school enrichment program developed to address the achievement gap. Among her honors are 2004 semi-finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year, 2009 Fox one of nine "Top Teachers" of the year, and the 2012 Coleen Yatckoske Minnesota Middle Level Educator of the Year. Kim is the co-author of SOAR: A Handbook for Closing the Achievement Gap and author of If You Can't Manage Them, You Can't Teach Them. Kim travels regularly throughout North America as a featured speaker sharing her insights and humor with educators and professional development groups. Kim's presentations are filled with straight talk, practical techniques, and can-do strategies that educators can apply immediately to achieve a vibrant and respectful classroom environment. Effective teaching starts with relationships; Kim shows participants how to develop relationships and go from good to great teaching in her vibrant, heartfelt, and, at times, devastatingly funny presentations. You might even leave humming a tune.

Featured Sessions

Friday - November 8, 2019
Engaging Boys … Yes, It Is Possible!
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Seventy-one percent of discipline referrals in public schools are boys. Join me as we discuss brain development of boys, strategies to engage boys, and ways to motivate boys to be successful in your classroom. Participants will leave with hands-on activities that work with boys … and the girls love them too!

Friday - November 8, 2019
If You Can't Manage Them, You Can't Teach Them
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Having the ability to manage kids is a must in creating a classroom where all students have an opportunity to learn. Please join me as we discuss practical techniques to implement in your classroom to help create a positive learning climate.

Saturday - November 9, 2019
Restorative Justice: What It Is and How Does It Work?
Strand - High Impact Classroom Strategies

Research shows that suspending students does NOT change behavior, but rather increases the chances of students dropping out of school and having a direct correlation to the school-to-prison pipeline. Join me as we discuss new strategies and new ways to address behavior that uses restorative justice practices and educating students rather than relying strictly on punishment and consequences. Participants will leave the session with several ideas being implemented in my school in which we are finding tremendous success.