Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Orlando, FL • October 25–27, 2018

CMLA Summit

This special ticketed event is an add-on option to your AMLE2018 registration.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee. FL

This event, an exclusive opportunity for registered attendees of the AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, is designed for college students enrolled in middle level teacher preparation programs. With your $25 registration, which helps us cover the cost of lunch, you will

  • Enhance your knowledge of teaching in the middle
  • Increase your career potential
  • Access special sessions and activities
  • Network and connect with others like you

In addition, your AMLE2018 registration gets you access to more than 400 sessions, including General Sessions, Concurrents, Speed Learning, Spark & Tell, as well as access to 150 education exhibits.

This is truly a can't miss opportunity.

Session and Activity Schedule:

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Coffee Social
7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Session 1 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
"Out with the Old, in with the New!"
Brian Bowman – Teacher Candidate from Georgia College & State University

As the new beginning, preservice teachers need to be comfortable and eager to bring their youthfulness inside of the school building. Learn how you can turn old methods into the next generation.
Session 2 9:55 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
"Preservice Teachers' Perspective on Differentiation: Misconceptions and More"
Haley Gibbs and Bonnie Roop – UNC Charlotte – CMLA Grant Winner
As preservice teachers, we are taught differentiation is key to addressing the developmental diversity of adolescents and providing a challenging middle grades classroom. So why is there disconnect between preservice learning and implementation? Through an authentic differentiated activity, interviews with preservice and experienced teachers, and discussion, we will explore misconceptions about this model of teaching and learning, and attempt to bridge the gap between knowledge and application of differentiation in the classroom.
Session 3 11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
"Teacher Candidates and PDS: A Give and Take Relationship"
Amanda Woods – Augusta University – CMLA Grant Winner
Learn about teacher candidates' experiences as one university transitioned from a traditional to a Partner Development School (PDS) model in the context of two widely different environments and how those environments both contribute to the candidates' experiences.
Lunch (provided) 12:20 p.m.–1:20 p.m.
Lunch will be provided along with a few activities to bring together the different CMLA chapters. One of the activities will be a community outreach project for surrounding schools in Baldwin County GA.
Keynote 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
"Revolutionizing Middle School!"
Derek McCoy and Darren Ellwein
Preparing to lead middle school classrooms today means developing a different skill set: inspiration, coach, facilitator, connector, designer. Darren and Derek will share very the real changes they have made in their schools and with their middle school learners. This includes strategies for you as you prepare to lead our most exciting age group.