Monday Minute

September 3, 2019

Congratulations to Katie Powell, the Newest Dave Burgess Publishing Author!

Several of you enjoyed seeing Katie Powell present at our conference last year; since then she has done more presentations nationally, and is now a published author! Her book is currently #1 (of 92) new releases on pedagogy on Amazon. Her book was selected by Dave Burgess Publishing (of Teach Like a Pirate Fame), quite an honor! You can have two opportunities to see her at our upcoming conference, and we plan to have her book for sale as well. She has created this introductory video, and you can preview the first few chapters for free. Katie is a sixth grade language arts teacher at Southmont Junior High.
Episode 16: DBC, Inc. Sneak Peek: Boredom Busters by Katie Powell
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It's the Month of Our Conference!

Only a few short weeks until our annual conference! While numerous conferences charge hundreds of dollars, IMLEA members can register now for under $150/person. There are price breaks for teams of 4, 6, or 20 more more. This 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. You can register now and submit names of attendees later. There is still a price break if you register by September 15.


More details are available on our IMLEA website, and our special conference website.

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Led by DOE's Office of eLearning, next week is Indiana Digital Citizenship Week. You can find many resources on their site, including updated materials by grade level from Common Sense Education. You will also find links for Google's Be Internet Awesome curriculum (including the popular Interland game), the Indiana Computer Science Standards, and more.

Some additional resources recommended by teacher librarians include



Share what you are doing through #INDigCitWeek

Another Great Article from Phyllis Fagel: Five ways parents can help their kids transition smoothly to middle school

I would edit this to read "...Parents (and Teachers)..." Although school is well under way for many, there are still some useful ideas in this recent article. Phyllis Fagel also has a new book, Middle School Matters. While it, too, is written more with parents in mind, I think educators will find the research and examples to be very useful and practical.

Is Your School Participating in the Global Read Aloud? (#GRA19)

The Global Read Aloud is a free opportunity to connect your students to others around the world through sharing the same books. The books selected for the middle level this year include Front Desk by Kelly Yang and The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. I have read both books, and had the privilege of meeting Padma last March. She has created many amazing resources on this website that can be used with her wonderful book, and is even giving away four Skype visits to different schools. Set in India, the book also fits in well with seventh grade social studies. You can get all of the details and sign up here; #GRA19 starts on September 30.

INSPIRE3 UPDATE

This week's INSPIRE3 update below includes

  • New Snapshots of Service-Learning Stories from Indiana schools found HERE
  • INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year. Click here for requirements
  • New LTG TeachOne Back to School lesson/project –K-12 – Words Bring Peace lesson/calming kits
  • Start to plan your September service-learning through Sept. 11 Day of Service and Remembrance, Grandparents Day, and Citizenship/Constitution Day!
  • LTG Sustainable Development Goals and Youth Action mini-course – online, no cost
  • INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
  • New INSPIRE3 page on IASP website found under “About” http://www.iasp.org/about-iasp/inspire3/
  • Resources and links to support Employability Skills – Grad Pathways support

Learning Opportunities

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 9-13: Indiana Digital Citizenship Week

September 10: Free ASCD Webinar: "Rise to the Challenge: Designing Rigorous Learning That Maximizes Student Success", 3 pm ET

September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance

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

September 17: Constitution Day

September 19: Free live webinar with John Hattie, 6:30 ET

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

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

That's All for Now!

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