Monday Minute

September 9, 2019

What IS a "School on Fire?"

When we asked our IMLEA board members, "What keynote speakers would you like your staff to hear," Buddy Berry's name was mentioned first and often. For this reason, he will be our keynote speaker on Sunday, September 29 at 5 pm. He has led many significant changes in the Eminence, KY district, calling it "School on Fire." His website outlines some of the steps that have been taken, including incorporation of "Surprise and Delight." The site also includes some video introductions.

Following Sunday's keynote, attendees will be treated to a special, twenty-minute performance by East Washington Middle School Rock Band, "2 Infinity." On Tuesdays and Fridays, all EWMS students are offered "Breakfast to Go" in order to attend the morning jam sessions! After their performance Sunday, there are a myriad of dinner options in the Keystone at the Crossing area.

Lori Desautels, Ph.D, will share her expertise in our Monday morning opening, "Listening Beneath the Behaviors of Our Most Troubled Students." In addition to her work at Butler University, she has informed thousands of educators on implications and applications of neuroscience. She has written extensively for numerous publications, such as Edutopia, including a series she wrote to accompany the film, "Inside Out." Below is her most recent entry on her youtube channel (which also includes a TedX talk).


Congratulations to Angela Snyder, Creekside Middle School; Kelly Day, Westfield Middle School; PAEMST Nominees

Indiana DOE recently announced that Angela Snyder and Kelly Day are two of Indiana's finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching; both of them are in the math category.

You can access the list of all past Indiana winners on the PAEMST website; as a matter of fact, Kristen Poindexter from Spring Mill Elementary, the state science winner in 2014, will be presenting at our conference!

TeachingBooks.Net: Outstanding Free Resource from the Indiana State Library

Indiana teachers and students are fortunate that the Indiana State Library provides free access to via the INSPIRE databases. (Click on the logo on that page and the next, and you will be led to a screen where you can create an account, or indicate you are an Indiana resident. Students may access it as well.) There are extensive resources to accompany thousands of books and authors, searchable in numerous ways, including discipline. For example, math, science, and social studies teachers can find extensive bibliographies of books and ways to use them in the classroom. The site has recently been revamped, and there are free webinars on how to use it; here is one recent example. Another of my favorite features is author pronunciation; I've settled a few arguments over Jon Scieszka and Rick Riordan with TeachingBooks!

You Just Might Be a Winner

The website We Are Teachers keeps a list of contests that are open to educators. Entering may mean you end up with many emails, but you just might win! (I know some teachers who use a "junk" email to connect with things like contests, so it does not clog up their regular email.)

In Honor of Indiana Digital Citizenship Week...........More Resources


This week's INSPIRE3 update below includes these highlights. Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

    • New – LTG resource– 11 Steps to Plan a School Wide Service Project
    • New - LTG Elementary lesson and Secondary lesson – “Words Bring Peace” and “calming kits” project
    • September Service-Learning – Disaster Preparedness/Relief; Sept. 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Grandparents Day, and Citizenship/Constitution Day! - Project ideas, plans, lessons
    • Indiana Snapshots of Service-Learning Stories found HERE
    • INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year. Click here for requirements
    • INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
    • New INSPIRE3 page on IASP website found under “About”
    • Resources and links to support Employability Skills – Grad Pathways support
    • IMLEA Conference – Sept. 29-30 – Leading from the Middle

Learning Opportunities

September 9-13: Indiana Digital Citizenship Week

September 10-19: Palindrome Week! (Last of the century; might be fun to discuss in math class)

September 10: Free ASCD Webinar: "Rise to the Challenge: Designing Rigorous Learning That Maximizes Student Success", 3 pm ET

September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance

September 12: #ntchat (Twitter for New Teachers), 8 pm ET

September 12: Indpls Children's Museum PD: History, Mystery, and Science of Edgar Allan Poe! 5-7 pm

September 15: Next Discount Deadline for IMLEA Conference (can register now, provide names later)

September 16: Deadline to Book Conference Hotel Room at Guaranteed Rate

September 17: Constitution Day; Resources from the National Constitution Center

September 17: DOE eLearning Lab Webinar: Project Green, Schoolwide PBL, Munster HS, 4 pm ET

September 19: Free live webinar with John Hattie, 6:30 ET

September 21: Smithsonian Free Museum Day (Use link to obtain ticket)

September 23: Free live webinar with Sugata Mitra, "The End of Knowing," 6:30 pm ET

September 29-30, 2019: IMLEA Conference, Indianapolis Marriott North

Until Next Week....

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