The Monday Minute
October 4, 2021
News from the IMLEA Board Meeting
The board decided to proceed with planning an in-person conference during spring, 2022.
Board members shared challenges and successes in the past year and a half, including:
-Conscious Discipline as PD across Tippecanoe County School Corporation
-Holding an informal coffee for parents of new students with administrators and counselors (Creekside Middle School)
-Cascade Middle School uses the Second Steps program for SEL during a daily mentor period.
-Hebron Middle School has a well-established mentor program with student leadership and planning as an important component.
-Boonville Middle School has used IDOE's Social-Emotional Learning Toolkit: Built Upon a Neurodevelopmental Culturally Responsive Framework
-Lebanon Middle School combated the "TikTok Challenge" with a tipline; students wanted their restrooms open!
-New board member Dr. Matthew Moulton of Indiana State University shared many of the program ideas used with education majors, including having classes meet inside Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute. Possible video connections were discussed.
-We have one new school applying for new Schools to Watch designation this year, and two for redesignation, with others interested for next year.
-Most importantly, our members enjoy working with middle schoolers; despite all of the obstacles occurring right now, we need to keep in sight that the job can be very rewarding, and we need to contemplate what can be done to encourage students to consider teaching at the middle level.
Exciting News from IDOE- the Summer of eLearning Will Be Back in 2022!
New Presidential Video Contest for Students
Videos can be submitted to a national competition for consideration by a Presidential Site jury that will award over $5,000 in prizes to student winners. Awards will include 45 prizes for the 'best of' video for each POTUS, and these winning videos will be compiled into the inaugural "46 Administrations in 45 Minutes" and posted on the Project POTUS platforms. Video submissions will be accepted from Presidents' Day - February 21, 2022 until April 15, 2022 (Tax Day). More information and example videos from our pilot test of this project with Indiana teachers during Spring 2021 can be found at ProjectPOTUS.org .
Using Quirky Calendar Days as Teachable Moments
Who makes up all of these special days, and how do they get seemingly universal agreement? Did you know that today is not only "World Animal Day, " but "National Taco Day" and "National Vodka Day?" (probably better not use that in the classroom.) Why not take advantage of some of them for some classroom curiosity? Writing in MiddleWeb, Anne Anderson has some suggestions and links. Get ready for World Octopus Day on Friday!
Unlocking the Middle School Mind
Amplify Learning is bringing together experts and thought leaders to discuss topics specific to the needs of middle schoolers on October 7. Even if you can't attend live, register for the event to receive a recording for on-demand professional development. Amplify is a content provider, but some of these sessions could be valuable.
Speakers and their topics include:
Dr. Daniel Siegel: What cognitive science tells us about the adolescent brain—and how building relationships is key to engaging students
Chelonnda Seroyer M.ED.: The power of a culture of consistency to re-engage middle schoolers
Dr. Kevin Chapman and Dr. Chelsea Mitchell: Creating a classroom culture where all can thrive
- Natalie Wexler: The role of writing in building academic knowledge
Instead of Reviewing, Teach with a "Blind Kahoot"
Have You Checked Out genial.ly?
I continue to be amazed by all of the features in genial.ly that can make great visuals and interactive content, with many templates provided. Here's a great post from Karly Moura with 15 different ways to use it, and some examples of digital escape rooms she's created with it. (Free educator accounts, some features are paid.)
Is Your District a Region 8 Service Center Member? Check out This STEM Grant!
Looking Ahead to Digital Citizenship Week, Oct. 18-22
Digital Citizenship Curricular Framework for PK-12 (free download from edvolve learning)
Google's Be Internet Awesome
Keep Indiana Learning/IDOE Learning Lab/Five Star will have several PD sessions that week.
Life Hacks for Aspiring School Leaders
Thinking Beyond Breast Cancer Awareness
As a reminder, Horace Mann is also in the process of awarding DonorsChoose prizes this week. Find more information here.
Learning Opportunities (all times EDT)
Ongoing through October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
October 5: Solution Tree-Avoiding Educator Burnout & Emotional Exhaustion, 5 pm
October 6: PD with IDOE-Instructional Design & Digital Pedagogy, 4 pm
October 7: IDOE Summer of eLearning Intro Webinar, 10 am
October 7: Amplify Unlocking the Middle School Mind, 11-3:45
October 7: Five-Star/IndianaLearning Webinar-Wakelet, 4 pm
October 7: KInLearning-Read Alouds to Build Strengths from Challenges, 4:30 pm
*October 7: AMLE Student Voice Off Entries Due, 11:59 pm
October 13: Hacking Learning Centers in Grades 6-12, 7:30 pm
October 14: Successful Parent/Teacher Conferences Panel, 9 pm
October 15: US DOE STEM Webinar on Data Literacy, 2 pm
October 15: STW Applications Due
October 20: KInLearning IN SPED Community Support Network Initial Meeting, 12:30 pm
October 21: KInL/Indiana Learning/Five-Star #DigCit Summit
October 26-28: Adobe MAX: The Creativity Conferencer
November 4-7: AMLE Virtual Conference
*Designed for Students as Well
Indiana Learning Lab. Must log in to see workshop topics
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