Monday Minute

March 18, 2019

Keynotes Announced for 2019 IMLEA Conference

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We are thrilled to share that we have confirmed that our speakers will be:


  • Dr. Buddy Berry, superintendent of Eminence, KY Independent Schools, Sunday evening, September 29
  • Lori Desautels, Assistant Professor, Butler University

These keynotes were chosen upon recommendation of our board members: we asked, "Who are the most outstanding speakers you have heard recently, and who would you like your staff to see?" Fortunately, our top choices are available! You may read more about them here.


Our conference website is now live. You may register your staff members (no price increase) and make hotel reservations (an increase of only $3 from last year.)

A Few Presentation Slots Available!

We have received several additional quality presentations in the past week, and can still accept a few more. Thanks to those who have answered the call; we will send you more information soon. We would still like to feature sessions on:

-Indiana's Graduation Pathways

-technology tips and tricks

-implementing special education IEP's, inclusion, and co-teaching

-classroom management (for lack of a better term)

If you are interested in presenting on these topics, or any other, please complete a proposal form. We have extended the deadline; we know that many are busy wrapping things up before/during spring break and are still adjusting from many weather disruptions.

Where on (Google) Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

Although this was launched partly to promote the new version of Carmen Sandiego on Netflix, these games will still teach some geography. The first episode is "The Crown Jewels Caper" Richard Byrne of Free Tech for Teaching has a good description and tips.
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Free STEAM webinars from PBS. From their website: Join us for a three part series where we'll look at ways to inspire our young scientists and make concepts such as data and computational thinking engaging in a "live learning" environment. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual learning event.

If You Asked Nursing Home Residents What 3 Things They Would Like, How Would They Answer?

Steve Hartman recently had another one of his great Friday night stories, this time about Ruby Chitsey from northwest Arkansas, who asked nursing home residents what they would like. The answers surprised her (and probably will for you, too). She ended up starting a gofundme account to help make their wishes come true. You could show this to your students and ask their reaction.
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Here is this week's update for INSPIRE3. Spring affords so many opportunities for service, from World Water Day in March, Earth Day in April, and many other possibilities for students (and adults) who are ready to be outside! Please share these updates with your staff; there is a lot going on with INSPIRE3, from lesson ideas (complete with standards), to grants, to workshops, and more!

Time's Up! Happy Spring Break to Many of You!

Please forward this to staff or anyone else who might benefit from the content. As always, we welcome your contributions and suggestions! Past editions of the "Monday Minute" and our newsletters are available under the 'Publications' tab on our website.

If you are in another group going on spring break soon, have a well-deserved, restful time!

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