The Monday Minute
May 24, 2021
IMLEA Shining Star Awards
This is a great example of the many inventive ways schools are celebrating students, staff, and the great efforts they have made during this unusual year. Kudos for all that you are doing!
Applying ESSER $$ Toward School Improvement
Events like Keep Indiana Learning's #VirtuallyDifferent event this June (for as little as $25/person) and AMLE's conference next fall in nearby Louisville would be worthwhile uses.
Indiana's DOE has provided many resources and explanations for disbursing these funds. You can find a great resource page here. I attended two of their webinars and asked specifically about PD and library materials in the session that is recorded here.
Encourage Your Students to Read This Summer!
Scholastic is hosting several online events for students this summer (many for younger students) through a game site called Home Base. Although they are in the business of selling books, they are giving away many things for free and are having author events. Research has shown that even reading 4-6 books over the summer can be very beneficial to students, especially those economically disadvantaged.
Earn $$$ for Your Great Ideas!
John Hattie: Tech & Effect Size
If you'd really like to dig into Visible Learning and effect size, Corwin has these meta lists.
If You'd Like Even More on Cicadas.... (Thanks to Deborah Bova)
AMLE Offering Free Course to Members
The Successful Middle School: This We Believe, AMLE’s landmark position paper now in its 5th edition, provides a foundational, research-supported overview of best practice in the middle grades. Successful middle schools exhibit 18 characteristics to support a responsive, challenging, empowering, equitable, and engaging education.
A new PD series explores each of these essential attributes and characteristics in a self-paced, virtual format with exercises & reflections throughout to help learners understand how to realize and embed these principles in their daily practice. Complete these individually, or together as a team, based on your learning preference. Upon finishing the series, complete an assessment to claim a contact hours certificate documenting 4.0 hours of learning.
NEW! Summer Calendar of PD Opportunities
Learning Opportunities (all times EDT, Free Unless Noted)
May 25: Living, Learning, & Organizing with Symbaloo, 4 pm
May 26: KIL Makerspace (Part 2), 4:30
June 1: KIL Twitter Chat-Victory Lap, #VirtuallyDifferent 7 pm
June 2: NASSP Virtual Tour of Downington Middle School, 10 am
June 29-30: Keep Indiana Learning Summer Conference
Indiana eLearning Lab. Must log in to see workshop topics.
Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops-New Summer List! (starts July 7)
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And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership! (Great use of ESSER funds)
This is the final Monday Minute of the 2020-21 school year! We will be adding updates to our website. Feel free to contact us at any time! We will try to support you and help you network and make great connections however we can!
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