Monday Minute

November 4, 2019

The Joy of a Champions Together Training

Last week I had the privilege of attending a student training for Champions Together in the Middle at Brownsburg Middle School East. Students from both BMSE and Tri-West Middle School came together to learn the background of the program, to participate in some fun but meaningful mixer activities, and to begin planning the Champions program at their respective schools. They also got to meet Craig Tornquist, who participates in Champions assemblies and offers some fundraising activities for schools. A highlight was hearing from 8th grader Cam Reich, who initiated a program at BMSE with ideals complementary to Champions that was used across the school. It was a great morning spent with an impressive group of students!

To learn more about Champions and upcoming training opportunities, please visit our website. or contact Tori Cox.

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Students "Meet in the Middle," See What It's Like to Be Spontaneously Included or Excluded, & Learn from Tori Cox

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Brownsburg East Breaks into Committees to Plan Their Champions Program

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Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

It's another great piece from Phyllis Fagell, a middle school counselor in the Washington, D.C. area. She is also the author of the book Middle School Matters, and will be speaking at AMLE in Nashville later this week.

Great Sources of Quality PD

SLJ recently published a comprehensive list of various certification, badging, and microcredential sites; most are free and apply to teachers in just about any discipline, even though librarians are referenced. Also, I recently attended an excellent zoom webinar on micro-credentialing via the Center for Teaching Quality; the archive can be accessed here. As many districts move to personalized learning for students, they find that educators also deserve differentiated opportunities.


In advance of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual event to get students excited about coding, ALA will be awarding $300 mini-grants to school & public libraries that facilitate a program for youth during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2019, using Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity. This year, youth can use their imagination to turn a real-life hero into a superhero using code. Code Your Hero is an activity that honors the everyday heroes in our students’ lives who use their powers to better their communities.

The grant window is open from today through November 18; winners will be notified Nov. 22. The main requirement is that you host two CS activities between Nov 22 and Dec 15, one of those during CS Week. All of the details are on this page.


By definition of "small," most Indiana school libraries probably qualify for this federal grant of $10,000-$50,000. Many more details are available on this page, including a link to very detailed booklet. The goal is to transform library practice in such areas as programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies. You can also watch a pre-recorded video on the application process.
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Rose-Hulman Offers Virtual Tutoring Sessions and Prizes

Rose-Hulman's AskRose Homework Help is now using Skype and Google Hangouts to offer virtual field trips and tutoring sessions during the school day. You can request one by contacting them by any of the methods on their website. While most of the classes they have assisted are at the high school level, they have even worked with a middle school study hall! You can request sessions during homeroom/advisory, class time, or after school tutoring.

It's a great idea as well to remind students about the basic services AskRose offers, and don't forget the vetted math and science resources available on the Rose website.

In addition, each week, one student who has asked Rose for help via phone, email, or chat will be randomly chosen to receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Teachers can download a poster and find more information here. As always, all AskRose services are free.


IMLEA and AMLE have teamed up to provide a collaborative membership for schools to bring you and your staff valuable tools and resources.

·To view a full list of benefits or to join:

NOTE: If you have already joined either organization, you will only pay the difference and still receive the introductory rate. You can still join either organization, but we feel the dual membership will reap even greater benefits. Questions? Contact Shirley Wright.


Highlights included in Update(May Download Below): Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

· Spotlight on Service-Learning Articles Thanks for Giving More articles found HERE

· SNAPSHOTS OF SERVICE-LEARNING STORIES addressing these 14 Focus/Issue Areas found HERE – Highlighting two stories from Riverside Intermediate, Plymouth, and Memorial Elementary, Valparaiso, addressing Military/Veterans

· INSPIRE3 participating at some Indiana conferences in November

· LTG November Moments of Service Toolkits with lessons and project ideas for Election Day, Veterans Day, National Philanthropy Day, Thanksgiving Day

· generationOn Website November Projects/Resources

· INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year.

· INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop

· Visit our NEW INSPIRE3 page on the IMLEA website HERE and Connect

Learning Opportunities

November 7-9: AMLE Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

November 8-9: AR/VR in K-12 Education Virtual Summit (online), free to watch live

November 12: Champions Together Training, Rochester MS, 9:30-11:30 am ET

*November 13: Champions Together Training at Lowell MS *postponed, TBD

November 13: Workshop with Artist Rita Spaulding, Children's Museum, 6-8 pm ET

November 18: Deadline to Apply for Library Coding Grant

December 2: Deadline to Apply for Small & Rural Library Grant

TBD: Champions Together Training at South Ripley JH

Now It's Time to Say Goodbye

We always enjoy featuring students and activities in our newsletters; we already have some others lined up for next week! Please send Susie Highley any ideas or suggestions of things to be included. We are now sending the Monday Minute to members only, but we invite you to forward it to anyone who might be interested. You can also access it via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our fall print newsletter is being delivered to our mailer this week!