Monday Minute

December 9, 2019

THE IMPORTANCE OF LUNCH: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE FOOD!

Sometimes lunch can be the most impactful time of a student's day-- and not always in a good way. Here are some recent posts with things to consider about lunch, and an opportunity to participate in a special event on Valentine's Day.



National No One Eats Alone Day Tori Cox from Special Olympics shared this with our schools who are participating in Champions Together. Taking part in this event is an example of the Whole School Engagement Pillar toward earning a Champions Together in the Middle banner. The organization Beyond Differences is putting on a campaign called No One Eats Alone™ for February 14, 2020. They have many resources online that you can access here. Their big push for this day is to include others at lunch. On the website you can sign up for a free backpack with tools to help implement this all-inclusive lunch. This is an ideal program to have a student leadership team spread the word via announcements, flyers, banners, etc. so that the entire school knows about it!

Even if your cafeteria is organized so that no one eats alone, the ideas on the site can help make lunch more of a time that all students look forward to, rather than dreading it.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR YOUR "STORY OF EVA" TOOLKIT

Eva Kor, the Holocaust survivor from Terre Haute who passed away this year, was the subject of a special documentary, "Eva-A-7063." Every middle and high school in Indiana will be receiving a copy of the film and a toolkit with many educational materials. I have attended one of WFYI's training sessions, and found the materials to be very well done, and a realistic choice to incorporate into advisory lessons. You can learn more on this page, and stay tuned for more details!

THE RETURN OF #DITCHSUMMIT: GREAT PD FOR FREE!

Indiana's own Matt Miller is bringing back the #DitchSummit over Christmas break. Once again, it will consist of professional videos from several education experts in pedagogy, tech, and more. Check out the outstanding lineup and register here! It includes Austin Kleon of Show Your Work fame, Jaime Donnally on AR/VR, and one of my favorite teams, Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain, who wrote the book Powerful Teaching that highlights retrieval practice.

BE PART OF A WORLD-WIDE #TWEETMEET ON DECEMBER 17

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I have been a part of a few webinars with @livingmaths, an innovative, entertaining teacher from South Africa. He has organized an event for sharing the "Best of 2019." 8 pm South African Standard Time converts to 1 pm EST. Even if you cannot participate during that time, the #tweetmeet hashtag will probably yield some great ideas! You can create your own introductory slide here, or save this idea to use with students later.

JOIN TEACHERSFIRST WINTER BOOK STUDY

TeachersFirst is hosting a virtual book club on Jaime Donnally's book Learning Transported. The book introduces immersive technologies (augmented, virtual and mixed reality) and explains how to customize their use in safe, affordable ways.

I have participated in some of their past studies, and found them to be among the best book club experiences. The study begins and ends with a webinar for all participants.


Note: To be eligible, you must have participated in one of TeachersFirst OK2ASK workshops in 2019; if you have not, keep this in mind for 2020 to be eligible for future studies!

SOLUTION TREE HONORING WOMEN LEADERS IN EDUCATION WITH FREE TRIP TO CONFERENCE

The Rebecca Burnette DuFour Scholarship celebrates and honors women educators who demonstrate exceptional leadership in their school community.

Ten scholarship recipients will receive one complimentary registration ($759 value) to Solution Tree’s Women in Education: Leading Perspectives Institute, which will take place July 20–22, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Hotel accommodations for three nights and a $500 travel allowance are also included in the scholarship package. Get more details and apply here. (Deadline 2-14-20)

Note: Applicants must currently be pursuing a post-graduate or master’s degree in education or have completed a post-graduate program

INSPIRE3 UPDATE

Highlights included in this weekly Update (may download below): Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

  • Plan Ahead for Dr. MLK Day in January 2020 – LTG K-12 Lessons
  • Spotlight on Service-Learning Articles
  • Check out many Snapshots of Service-Learning Stories that address issues that students care about
  • INSPIRE3 will exhibit and present session at the upcoming IAG conference – Dec. 9-10
  • LTG December Moments of Service/Calendar
  • generationOn Website December Projects/Resources
  • Introducing you to our New INSPIRE3 Ambassadors
  • INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year.
  • INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
  • Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IASP website or on the IMLEA website and Connect

Just for Fun....and Happy New Year!

And to end the year on a lighter note....

Please send Susie Highley any ideas or suggestions of things to be included. We would love to feature more school activities! 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.

This is the final Monday Minute of 2019! We wish all of you a successful end to 2019, a restful holiday, and a great start to 2020!

Reminder: Special Opportunity for Joint Membership-IMLEA & AMLE!

Find the details here, or on our IMLEA webpage. If you have already joined just one of the organizations, your additional membership fee will be pro-rated.