Monday Minute

August 26, 2019

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South Ripley Junior High, Destiny Rutzel Honored with Congressional Visit

U.S. Representative Greg Pence visited South Ripley Junior High School on August 21, when he toured the building, spoke with students, and honored Principal Destiny Rutzel for being named the "2018 State Middle School Principal of the Year."

“It's important to highlight the incredible work of our educators and those who shape the young minds of future generations,” said Rep. Pence. “South Ripley Junior High is in good hands with Principal Rutzel and a teaching staff dedicated to helping students learn and grow."

Pence toured the school with students, met with teachers and staff and gave some remarks during an assembly in the auditorium. South Ripley Junior High has been acknowledged by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform as a “School to Watch” in 2019.

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Which conference is the only one in Indiana that focuses solely on middle school pedagogy and best practices? The IMLEA conference, of course! We also make it a point to include many classroom teachers as presenters. While numerous conferences charge hundreds of dollars, IMLEA members can attend for only $139/person. That fee includes breakfast, lunch, two keynotes, and five different breakout session time slots!

You may register your staff members and make hotel reservations (an increase of only $3 from last year. There is a price break for sending a team of four or more. You can register now and submit names of attendees later. There is still a price break you register by August 31.

Our keynote speakers are Buddy Berry and Lori Desautels. You can see an updated, annotated list of our breakout sessions here.

Please note: One of our popular keynotes from last year, Janie Ulmer, will now be presenting with Brandon Cloud from HSE. We have also added a special session for beginning teachers (and admin who support them.)

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Congratulations to Debbie Thomas, Top Ten Finalist, Indiana Teacher of the Year!

The Top Ten for Indiana's TOY includes one middle school teacher, Debbie Thomas from Mt. Vernon Middle School in Fortville. Congratulations! (And, yes, I am biased; both of my children had her for social studies!)

More from DOE

You can access the August #INspirEDmath newsletter here. It includes many useful resources, websites, twitter follows, and upcoming professional development.

Its ELA counterpart, #INspirEDlit, is found here. We will have DOE experts presenting at our IMLEA conference in both math, ELA, and computer science. We really value their work and collaboration!

The Banner That's Taking Twitter by Storm

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Kelsey Seibert, a guidance counselor at Kellam HS in Virginia had this banner made, posted some photos, and the rest is history! This twitter thread explains many of the details; the banner was made with a basic template from Vistaprint, which is now getting so many requests from other schools that they have been very helpful to those ordering. You can see several pictures with students in Kellam HS tweets as well as Kelsey's. She gives credit to Angela Michelle, who credits the Kindness Rocks Project and founder Megan Murphy, author of The Kindness Rocks Journal. (BTW, this is the Virginia Beach superintendent.)


This week's INSPIRE3 update includes

  • INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year. Click here for requirements
  • Establish and Continue a Culture of Kindness in your school – Lessons and projects
  • Start to plan your September service-learning through Sept. 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Grandparents Day, and Citizenship/Constitution Day!
  • New Spotlight on Service-Learning article Kindness Heart Smart
  • Twenty-four updated Spotlight articles organized by issue/focus area found here
  • INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
  • New INSPIRE3 page on IASP website found under “About”
  • Resources and links to support Employability Skills – Grad Pathways support

Learning Opportunities

August 27: ISTE Webinar on Digital Tools for Copyright, Images, Tools & Creation, 1 pm ET (if you register, you will receive the recording)

August 31: Next deadline for IMLEA Conference Discount

September 3: Deadline to Submit Lilly Creativity Grant ($12k/person)

September 4: Free WWII Webinar, 7 pm ET (sign up in advance)

September 5: DOE Sailing Toward Proficiency Conference, Indianapolis Hyatt; IMLEA will be there as a DOE Technical Assistance Partner (TAP)

September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance

September 12: #ntchat (Twitter for New Teachers), 8 pm ET

September 17: Constitution Day

September 21: Smithsonian Free Museum Day (Use link to obtain ticket)

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

Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday!

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