Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Orlando, FL • October 25–27, 2018

Featured Sessions

These engaging and entertaining sessions feature acclaimed middle grades experts speaking about topics vital to middle level education. The conference is organized into four powerful strands to help you customize your experience. Below are featured sessions with invited speakers organized by date and strand. *Sessions are subject to change.

Use the digital program guide to access full session details including date, time, and room number.

Strands:

Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference
Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
High Impact Classroom Strategies
Characteristics of High Performing Middle Schools

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Behind the Screen: Understanding the Power of Social Media in Young Peoples' Lives
Rosalind Wiseman
Sexting, Digital Dating Abuse, and Other Online Relationship Issues
Sameer Hinduja
Resilience: Addressing Peer Conflict by Developing Social Competence
Sameer Hinduja
Creating Connections: A Social-Emotional Learning Journey
Ellen D'Amore & Erin Tobul
Creating a Positive Climate for Learning: 34 Things a Teacher Can Do Before Writing a Referral
Charles Beaman
Your VIBE Attracts Your Tribe
Cynthia Emerson
The Cape of Leadership
Marlena Gross-Taylor
From Me to Me! Personalized Leadership Growth
Juan Rodriguez
Transform Student Consumers into Student Creators
David Hayward
When Good Teams Go Bad: Dealing with Dysfunctional Teams
Gail Heinemeyer
Educational Technology for School Leadership 101
Denver Fowler
Fostering a Positive School Climate and Culture in Schools
Denver Fowler
Leading Transformational Schools
Neil Gupta
Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Marcia Tate
Lecture Busters: Engaging Ways to Break Up Your Lecture and Get Students Thinking
Katie Powell
"Let's Get Physical!" Jump Start the Brain with Active Learning
Charles Beaman
CALM Management: Proactive Communication Strategies that Empower Students to Make Better Choices
Victoria Lentfer
Teaching Kids to Thrive: Best Practices for Integrating SEL Skills in the Classroom
Debbie Silver
Branding Like a Start-Up
Marlena Gross-Taylor
BOOST Towards Success - RTI2 Intervention
Marlena Gross-Taylor
Cognitive Coaching for All Teachers: Becoming Reflective Practioners, Not Ego-Guardian
Rick Wormeli
Standards-Based Assessment and Grading
Rick Wormeli
Revolutionary Learning Starts in the Middle
Derek McCoy & Darren Ellwein
Friday, October 26, 2018
Cyber Bullying: Actionable Strategies for Administrators
Sameer Hinduja
It Is Time to S.H.I.N.E. – Create A Thriving Culture That Starts with Celebrating YOU!
LaVonna Roth
Creating Connections: Positive Climate as a Building Block of School Culture
Ellen D'Amore & Erin Tobul
Culture Starts with You
Bobby Moore
Catapult Your School!
Cynthia Emerson
Collaborative Leadership
Peter DeWitt
School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy
Peter DeWitt
Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Juan Rodriguez
Planning for and Implementing a District-Wide 1:1 Technology Initiative
David Hayward
Leading Through Design Thinking Principles for Success
Neil Gupta
Equity: The Journey of Culturally Courageous Leadership to Meet the Needs of All Students
Ann McCarty Perez
Courage and Vulnerability: A New Case for Middle Level Leadership
Ann McCarty Perez
Engage Me, Please ... Using Brain-Powered Learning
LaVonna Roth
Learned Helplessness - What It Is, What It Isn't, and How to Help Students Overcome It
Debbie Silver
CALM Management: Proactive Communication Strategies that Empower Students to Make Better Choices
Victoria Lentfer
Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones
Marcia Tate
Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They're Learning?
Marcia Tate
Worksheet Busters: Easy, Low Prep Activities You Can Use Again and Again for Any Content
Katie Powell
Simplify, Support, and Sustain: Struggling Readers in the ELA, Science, Social Studies Classroom
KaiLonnie Dunsmore
Differentiated Instruction: Walking Through a Lesson from Scratch
Rick Wormeli
Leadership for Teacher Engagement and Cultural Shift in Schools
Rick Wormeli
iCare, iRelate, iConnect: Moving Beyond the Three Rs
Charles Beaman
The New Global Learner
Derek McCoy & Darren Ellwein
Saturday, October 27, 2018
PASS Guidelines Creating a Culture of Safety
Mark Williams, Robert Boyd
Laying the Foundation for Effective Teaching Teams
Gail Heinemeyer
Square Pegs/Round Holes: Giving Every Student a Reasonable Chance at Success
Debbie Silver
Supporting Writing Development Across the Middle School Disciplines
KaiLonnie Dunsmore
Tech Tools for Integrating Computer Science into the Content Areas
April Drennan, Chris Summers
Principals First, Strategies Second: Minimizing our Hypocrisies
Rick Wormeli
Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement Through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System
Garth Larson