IMLEA Monday Minute

August 13, 2018

Congratulations to These Middle-Level Educators, All Finalists for Indiana TOY!

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Todd Crosby, STEM, Mill Creek West

John Hochstetler, Teacher Librarian, Sand Creek Intermediate, HSE

Theresa Hussey, Math, Goshen Middle School

Derek Ruble, Social Studies, Noblesville East Middle School

Beth Schwitz, ELA, John Young Middle School, Mishawaka

Michele Schulz, Science, Lebanon Middle School (& presenting at our conference!)

You can read more about them and other finalists on DOE's site.


Who best to understand your needs as a middle level educator??? Other middle level educators! Conference information is on our special site & linked on the IMLEA website. You may register now (filling names in later if needed) or reserve hotel rooms at our special rate. Attendees may be registered by purchase order, credit card, check, or PayPal. You may also join IMLEA at the same time to take advantage of the member discount. Schools are taking advantage of Title IV and other funds to register.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

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A Different Way to Offer and Track PD

These ideas and photos below are courtesy of Rachel Blumke, the Instructional Specialist at Stonybrook Intermediate Academy in Indianapolis. Clicking on the first photo in particular will make it easier to read the variety of options for their staff; note that these are far from sit-and-get and encourage teachers to become presenters as well. Rachel reported that she had several staff members enthusiastically complete tasks in the first 48 hours. You can find her on twitter at @RBlumkeSIA. (That's how I first saw this.)
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Are you familiar with brain expert John Medina? Like to listen to podcasts? Whatever combination of "yes" or "no" you have, you will enjoy this podcast from Medina, author of a new book, Attack of the Teenage Brain: Understanding and Supporting The Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner. Medina has several other books, sends out email updates, and is a very entertaining speaker.

This Week's Update from generationOnIndiana

There is a lot of useful information for Back to School, planning for the year, and many valuable, detailed resources in this post from generationOn director Joan Belschwender. Service learning can be an effective vehicle to involve your students in problem-based learning within their own school and community. It includes many examples of projects completed in Indiana schools last year.

Time's Up!

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