Gathered together in the #AMLE20 virtual classroom, you’ll see a diverse group of educators including superintendents, principals, assistant principals, teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, professors, university students, and more. They may work in a variety of school settings and communities, but they are all passionate about educating young adolescents in grades 5-9. They have arrived with questions like:
- How can we use the distinctive nature and identities of young adolescents as the foundation upon which all decisions about school are made?
- How can we cultivate high expectations and advance learning for every member of our school community?
- How can we facilitate environments in which students take responsibility for their own learning and contribute positively to the world around them?
- How do we provide socially just learning opportunities and environments for every student?
- How do we foster a learning atmosphere that is relevant, participatory, and motivating for all learners?
They’ve all convened at the #AMLE20 virtual classroom to obtain proven, research-backed practices and strategies to meet the specific educational needs of students aged 10-15. They are also looking to learn from each other what’s working in other school communities, and will do so through a variety of networking opportunities woven throughout the conference.
Of the hundreds of sessions available at #AMLE20, here’s what some of them are looking forward to:
- Saundra the Superintendent will attend sessions on facilitating school improvement across a district and how to keep her middle schools safe.
- Paul the Principal is looking forward to learning more about implementing trauma-informed and restorative practices in his school, making PLCs and teams effective, and creating a master schedule that includes an effective advisory program.
- Mary the Math Teacher can’t wait for sessions on motivating and engaging students to learn, helping them adjust to remote and hybrid learning environments, and providing effective assessments.
- Nick the New Teacher has penciled in sessions on project based learning and promoting social-emotional learning in his classroom.
- Sam the Student is so excited to attend the Collegiate Middle Level Association Summit, building skills as they prepare to graduate and become new teachers.
And that’s just a sample of the topics available! Saunda, Paul, Mary, Nick, and Sam all learn differently and have different schedules. So it’s great that #AMLE20 sessions are offered in a variety of formats to meet their needs, and will be recorded so they can access them later if they missed something:
- Concurrent Sessions: One-hour sessions that tackle a topic in-depth and will be delivered live via our virtual platform October 23-25.
- Speed Learning Sessions: Pre-recorded videos of up to 10 minutes that will be included in the #AMLE20 library to be viewed on-demand. Great for quick insights, classroom hacks, or to get a nice introduction to a new topic.
- Spark & Tell Sessions: 20-minutes sessions that will be delivered live via our virtual platform. Three sessions from different presenters on a similar topic will run concurrently and be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A for all three presenters.