Monday Minute

February 18, 2019

Share Your Expertise! Submit a Proposal to Present at the 2019 IMLEA Conference, Leading from the Middle!

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By popular demand, our conference is returning to the Indianapolis Marriott North Hotel (Keystone at the Crossing). It is two weeks later, September 29-30, to avoid conflicts with some other conferences. For the most part, breakout sessions will be 45-50 minutes; we did have presenters do two sessions last year. Please submit your proposal using this form by Friday, March 8. If you have any questions, contact Susie Highley.

We are also accepting articles for the spring IMLEA newsletter. Feel free to submit an article, a proposal, or both!

Time to Nominate Exemplary School Counselors!

From ISCA:

Now is the time to recognize an amazing school counselor in your life! Your Indiana School Counselor Association hopes that National School Counselor Week 2019 increased your awareness of all the lesson for life your school counselor provides. We couldn’t do it without the support of our administrators and staff. So whether you are an administrator who works with a great counselor or a counselor with great support, you can let everyone know by nominating them for an award! Our annual conference is November 14 and 15 this year. We are making some adjustments to the nomination timeline this year to streamline the process. Nominations for all awards will be accepted from now until May 10. Nominees for Exemplary School Counselor will then have until June 8th to complete their applications. This will allow your ISCA board to make final selections during our summer LDI meeting. Please visit to nominate someone today!

Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

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Speaking of counselors, this article by Phyllis L. Fagell is accessible on the AMLE website. It gives some thoughtful suggestions on reframing conversations with students in hopes of guiding them to improved relationships. In addition to Fagell's upcoming book, she has many resources on her website.

Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Spread the Word Awareness Campaign (Formerly Known as R-word Campaign)

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Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. Join the #InclusionRevolution to bring awareness and take the pledge to promote INCLUSION. The file below includes announcements you can use the week of March 4, with the banner signing designated as Wednesday, March 6. Your banner will be displayed at the Special Olympics Summer Games to support Indiana athletes. March is Disability Awareness Month.

Champions in the Middle Trainings

We realize that recent weather has wreaked havoc with trying to plan ahead. At this point, these trainings are available. If your district has a high school that is also interested, they may attend as well. Trainings will be from 9:30-11:30.

Thursday, February 21: Rochester MS (Oscar Haughs) Join a nice-sized group already signed up!

Tuesday, February 26: Tri-West MS (Travis Smith)

Wednesday, February 27: Lowell MS (Becky Pavich)

The training involves a staff member bringing at least 2-3 students to meet with staff & students at the host school. For more information, you may also check our website or contact Susie Highley

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For almost a year, Dr. Joe Harmon has been collecting K-12 social studies activities for a collaborative google drive, which you can access here. You can apply to join and submit activities using this google form. You can also follow Dr. Harmon on Twitter or access his blog.

DOE's #INSPIREDmath Newsletter

You can access the latest newsletter from DOE's math specialists, Robin Conti and Beau Scott here. It's full of resources, research, and more information on the Math Extravaganzas noted on the calendar below (only three of them still have openings). You can also nominate an outstanding math teacher to be featured in a future issue.

Time's Up!

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.

Opportunities for Educators & Students

February 18: Deadline to Apply for Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars

February 21: Champions Together Training at Rochester

February 21: Computer Science Curriculum Showcase, Center Grove

February 25-March 21: Math Extravaganzas around the State

February 26-March 12: Middle School Integrating Computer Science Workshops

February 28: Children's Museum Spring Educator Preview, 5-7:30

February 28: Digital Learning Day

February 28: Deadline for Food for Life Essay Contest

March 1: Deadline for articles for IMLEA print newsletter

March 6: Special Olympics R-Word Banner Signing

March 8: Deadline to submit proposals to present at IMLEA 2019 Conference

March 9: Thinking Outside the (Specimen) Box: Digital Paleontology Workshop, Bloomington

March 11: IMLEA Board Meeting, IASP, Indianapolis

March 16: RosieCon, Ben Davis HS, Indianapolis

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