Monday Minute

September 23, 2019

Almost Time for the 2019 IMLEA Conference!!

We know that we will be seeing many of you at our conference next week. The details are included on our conference website, but here are some schedule basics. PGPs certificates will be included via email as part of the evaluation, and electronic handouts will be attached where available.


4 pm: Meet & Greet-Registration, Hotel Check in, Visit Vendors

5 pm: Keynote by Dr. Buddy Berry

6 pm: Performance by East Washington MS Rock Band, "2 Infinity"


7 am: Registration Open, Breakfast Available

7:50 am: Conference Welcome

8 am: Keynote by Lori Desautels, PhD

Followed by Concurrent Sessions, Luncheon, Vendors

3:10 pm Conclusion

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Boredom Busters Book Available at Conference; Get it Autographed by Katie Powell!

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Schools to Watch Deadline: Now October 14

Due to all of the delays relating to iLearn scores, the deadline to apply to be designated as a School to Watch has been moved to October 14. There are several resources on our website. At our conference, there will be a panel discussion on STW, as well as presentations by the two newest designees, East Washington MS and Benjamin Franklin MS. Schools to Watch has been chosen as a Technical Assistance Partner by DOE; in addition, schools that have achieved the STW designation can serve as mentors to other schools. Any questions? Contact Shirley Wright.

Champions Together Trainings Planned

Special Olympics is the process of planning some training sessions for schools that are interested in joining the Champions Together program this year. Mike Hasch and new staff member Tori Cox will be at our conference to share more about plans for the year. If you are interested, you may also email Susie Highley.

How to Talk to Middle Schoolers about What Matters Most

We have frequently shared articles written by Phyllis Fagell, contributor to the Washington Post and author of the recent book Middle School Matters. This time, we are featuring a podcast episode where she is the guest of Dr. Robyn Silverman, part of a series, "How to Talk to Kids about Anything". This webpage that links to the podcast has much of the information in print as well, including misconceptions about middle schoolers. You might be interested in some of the other podcast episodes as well.

Speaking of Talking...

When Baltimore English/language arts teacher Laquisha Hall asked on Twitter about ways to get students' attention, the results included hundreds of responses and an eventual edWeek article. (Free registration, monthly article limit.) Some of the suggestions may make you cringe, but there are some novel ideas included in the twitter thread.

You Can Write for Our Newsletter!

Twice a year, IMLEA publishes a newsletter that is mailed to members and shared electronically. Copies are also distributed at conferences and other events. We invite you to submit articles and photos for the fall, 2019 edition. Readers especially enjoy seeing stories about classroom practices, strategies, projects, and collaborations. Please send submissions to Susie Highley by October 10.

Apply for a Free Author Visit through Indiana Humanities

Once again, Indiana Humanities is offering free author visits through their Novel Conversations program. Several of the authors on the list make visits to elementary and middle schools; there are bios linked to the site to help you decide which one(s) to request. Indiana Humanities covers the author's fee and provides many of the promotional materials; in some cases, hosts pay mileage. The deadline to apply is November 1.


Highlights included in the 9-23-19 Update document below: Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

  • New on LTGCurrent Events – When Disasters Strike – Lesson Plans and Types of Actions Youth Can Take
  • INSPIRE3 Spotlight on Service-Learning Article – How Do You Spell Relief
  • Highlighted Snapshots of Service-learning stories from Greenfield Jr. H.S., Memorial Elementary, South Ripley Jr. H.S., Rochester M.S., and Protsman Elementary– View all here
  • LTG TeachOne– “Words Bring Peace” and “calming kits” project
  • LTG Ten Ways to Get Started page 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
  • IMLEA Conference – Sept. 29-30 – Leading from the Middle

Until October...And Exciting Membership News!

Next week's edition will come out after our conference, and will include details of a new membership initiative. Please forward this newsletter to staff or anyone else who might benefit from the content, especially your new teachers. If you did not receive past editions, or would like to share some of them, they can be found here.

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