The Monday Minute

IMLEA Newsletter, April 12

Crowd-Sourced by Katie Powell: What Have We Gained This Year?

Related to the AMLE piece we shared in our last edition, "Let's Stop Talking about Learning Loss," Katie Powell from Southmont JH used twitter to crowd-source her own piece, "What Have We Gained?" You can also find the twitter thread here: how do educators plan to adjust their future teaching strategies after this year?

And speaking of Katie, congratulations are due! She has been named AMLE's new Director of Middle Level Programs!

And Speaking of AMLE...

The call for presentations is now open for the AMLE conference in Louisville, November 4-6. There are several different types of presentations; proposals are due April 25. Registration is also now open; keep in mind that ESSER funds can be used, as the conference tracks align with several of the objectives, including Access & Equity and SEL.
Exploring Leadership for Middle Level
In addition to training available from Indiana schools through Tori Batson, the National Special Olympics has released online "Middle Level Inclusive Youth Leadership Digital Training." Educators may use this in any format at any time; there is also a summit that students who complete the training by April 30 may attend on May 7.

Hibberd Intermediate School (Grades 5-8) in Richmond has just joined Champios this year and has already completed the four pillars. They far surpassed the fundraising goal. They raised over $3500 in just THREE DAYS! They did a fun team bonding game in one of their PE classes.

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Great Resources from Jennifer Hall

I spotted this great graphic on Twitter and contacted Jennifer Hall of Atlanta for permission to use it here. Its source is this blog post that also includes a video. There are many other helpful posts on her site, #TechTips411; she even does live Q & A sessions!

...And Then There's Whiteboard.Chat

Another tool gaining a lot of traction is, where you can connect and observe up to 100 people to a board. It is free to use, although there are premium plans for saving boards. Periodically they host webinars (This one is next week.)

Coincidentally, Leslie Fisher's Friday night webinar this week is all about Whiteboard.Chat.

DOE Learning Walks: Special Webinar

Join @EducateIN specialists for an hour dedicated to the what, why, and how of implementing school-wide learning walks on April 13 at 4 p.m. ET. The meeting will also address how IDOE will support and collaborate with teachers that choose to be a part of the 2021-2022 learning walk process. Register for the informational session here.

Jarrett Lerner Activities: Poetry Month, Earth Day, Teacher Appreciation, & More

I especially like the "Keep a Haiku Diary for One Whole Day."

Free PD from Nextech (It's Actually Paid)

Nextech is very generous to Indiana teachers. Currently they have Computer Science workshops available for April and May. "This workshop is for 6-8 Computer Science Teachers, Media/Library Specialists, Resource/Tech Teachers, and General Education classroom teachers." Participants will earn an Amazon gift card upon completion. I attended a similar workshop that was well worth it. There are additional opportunities for summer.
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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

“Speak Up for Road Safety: A Distracted Driving Awareness Program” was developed by End Distracted Driving and Safe Roads Alliance to teach 2nd-6th graders about distractions, when a distraction can be a risk to their safety, and how to speak up when being driven distracted.
Distracted driving continues to be a national epidemic, and it's why Horace Mann partnered with those organizations to bring this valuable program to as many students as possible.
You can download the lesson plans to help educate and empower your students so they stay safer on the road! For more information, you can also contact your local Horace Mann representative.

Current Award Nominations

Horace Mann sponsors our Shining Star Awards for both students and teachers. Nomination forms are on our website, and are due April 15.

AMLE Educator of the Year nominations are due July 15


INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service-learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP. You can also go direction to Learning to Give for current ideas, including standards-based lessons.

We Realize That Testing Starts Next Week....

Managing in-person testing for all students, whether they have been in person or remote, must be an organizational puzzle with several moving parts. Kudos for all you are doing.

You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.

And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership!

Image credits: "Louisville Skyline" by The Pug Father is licensed under CC BY 2.0; "Teachers" by supafly is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0