The Monday Minute

May 24, 2021

IMLEA Shining Star Awards

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What a beautiful evening in Hebron, Indiana! On May 21, Hebron Middle School's 8th grade award ceremony concluded with the awarding of the IMLEA Shining Star Awards. Robin Baiel, Horace Mann agent, presented Reagan Cole, Luke Charpentier, and Abby Mlechick with gift cards, and Susie Highley represented IMLEA and gave them Shining Star shirts and trophies. The awards ceremony took place outside on the track; families brought lawn chairs and sat in groups in the infield. Students stood when their name was called for special awards. At the end, each individual student's name was called and administrators and teachers ran to them (sometimes literally) with an envelope holding all of the certificates they had earned. Hebron was able to meet F2F all year, and even was able to hold their annual Shark Tank, complete with community members.

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!

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Applying ESSER $$ Toward School Improvement

As you work with your administrators to plan the most effective use of ESSER III funds (find your district's amount here), keep in mind that professional development is an allowable expense. Consider joining IMLEA and applying to be a School to Watch*

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.

*Schools to Watch (which has minimal cost anyway) falls under the umbrella of "evidence-based interventions to meet 'comprehensive needs of students.” Graphic from DOE

Encourage Your Students to Read This Summer!

In addition to summer reading programs that public libraries provide, you could also encourage your students to get a head start on next year's Young Hoosier books. Here is a link to the new list

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!

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Just a reminder that Keep Indiana Learning will pay for original content, whether it's a blog post, webinar, or pre-recorded materials. You can get ideas and inspiration by exploring their website; they reached out to us so that we could encourage middle level educators to submit materials. Find out more here! (And while you're at it, you will come across some useful ideas!)

Stay in Touch with Us!

Please connect with us on Twitter and Facebook. We follow Indiana middle level schools & retweet/share what we can; we'll continue to do so as some of you wrap up the year & share ideas for summer & next school year.

John Hattie: Tech & Effect Size

Probably not now, but at some point this summer when you are ready to tackle some deep research, you might consider this analysis from Arran Hamilton and John Hattie, "Not All That Glitters is Gold: Can Education Technology Finally Deliver?" Or, a summary is available, "Does Education Technology Improve Children's Learning?" You may have noticed that we have featured many John Hattie webinars in our calendars!

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

Below is our usual list of upcoming learning opportunities. We have added a link on our website for (mostly) free opportunities for quality PD this summer. This page will be updated as we learn of more events. Right now, PD may be the last thing you want to think about! Also, as you learn of free events, let us know, and we will add them to our live page! Have a great summer!

Learning Opportunities (all times EDT, Free Unless Noted)

May 25: Living, Learning, & Organizing with Symbaloo, 4 pm

May 26: Webinar with Fisher, Frey, & Hattie: Rebound: Rebuilding Agency, Accelerating Learning Recovery, Rethinking Schools, 2 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


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events, Archived Events

Indiana eLearning Lab. Must log in to see workshop topics.

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Corwin (mainly) Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Leslie Fisher Webinars

Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops-New Summer List! (starts July 7)

AMLE Podcast Series

Summer CS & STEM Ops Collected by DOE

Please note: Webinars and events mentioned in this space are not an endorsement of commercial products; on the contrary, we try to avoid listing events that appear to be commercial in nature. Every effort is made to strip social media/tracking data from provided URLs.


INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service-learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP. You can also go direction to Learning to Give for current ideas, including standards-based lessons.

You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.

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!

Indiana Middle Level Education Association

IMLEA is an education non-profit dedicated to promoting, improving & supporting middle-level education. We are funded through memberships, sponsorships, and grants. We are the state affiliate of the national Association of Middle Level Education.

Join Us! Membership Benefits & Application

Shirley Wright, Executive Director

Susie Highley, Director of Operations

Fax: 317-454-0749