Monday Minute

November 18, 2019

Hebron Middle School Students & Staff Present at International Conference

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Hebron Middle School was invited to present at the annual International Bullying Prevention Conference in Chicago, IL on November 7th and 8th. The presentation was titled "Mentoring in the Middle." Students from the HMS Mentoring Program organized and presented in front of an international audience.

The International Bullying Prevention Association has held this conference all over the world since 2003. This year's theme was titled "Kindness and Compassion: Building Healthy Communities."

The student mentors not only presented, but they were able to attend a full day leadership workshop, attend presentations and listen to anti-bullying experts regarding the latest trends in bullying.

To learn more about the International Bullying Prevention Association, click here:

AMLE Webinar- Middle Schools: A Place to Belong & Become

At last year's AMLE national conference, I attended an outstanding session by Patti Kinney of Oregon and Laurie Barron of Montana. I found this description to be pretty accurate. (I even bought the book, and I rarely purchase any these days!)

"If we reduce down what research tells us about quality middle level education, two concepts rise to the top—belonging and becoming. Schools must be places where students feel they belong and are both respected and valued. They must also be places where students can become, where their academic and personal potential is recognized and nurtured. Based on the AMLE book of the same name, the authors, both award-winning former middle level principals, will share practical strategies they used to ensure their schools were a place where students could both belong and become."

This week, they are presenting a webinar at 4 pm ET Wednesday. For more information on how to attend, please check this AMLE page This book could be an excellent study for pre-service teachers or a faculty.

Going to IASP's Fall Professionals Conference? Come See Us!

IMLEA & INSPIRE3 will have booths (66 & 67) in the exhibit hall at the IASP conference. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, find out about new programs, and meet us! For example, we have been receiving several questions about the new partnership for IMLEA and AMLE. And, INSPIRE3 has so many resources available, it always helps to have a demonstration!

A Schools to Watch session at 10:30 on Monday will include Jean Sienkowski, Matt Maple, Bobby Thompson, and Shirley Wright; come learn not only about the STW process, but also about strategies and programs that helped schools earn the designation. INSPIRE3 has a presentation at 1:10 pm.

More Ways to Win with Horace Mann

In addition to the support we receive from Horace Mann both statewide and locally, the national company also does many things to celebrate teachers. In honor of American Education Week, Horace Mann is drawing one winner a day for Apple products, including AirPods, an iPad, an Apple Watch. Learn more, and enter here.

And, their "Fall into Funding" continues through December 13. Share the project number from a Donors Choose grant you've originated, and you could win funding. Those details are here.

Would You Like Some Free Kindness?

In honor of World Kindness Week, a friend of mine, Mario Christiner, is offering to help six teachers who want to incorporate PBL or design thinking in their class with up two hours of research or consultation. There is the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true-- it's not." In this case, it is true! Find out more about his offer and apply here by November 24. (Don't worry that Indiana is not on the immediate list; the listed states are those of most of the people in our eduMatch Voxer group.)

And, speaking of Voxer, you can still join our IMLEA Voxer group here, or contact me if you'd like to learn more about it.

The Newsletters are Here!

IMLEA members should have received print copies of our Fall, 2019 newsletter last week. The number of copies is determined by the size of your school; individual members receive one copy. You may also access the pdf version here. (which takes some time to load on mobile).

We enjoy featuring teachers, administrators, and students. You may submit articles for publication at any time. (We've already received two for the next edition!) Previous issues of the print newsletter may also be found on our IMLEA webpage, Publications Tab.

And, we also love to feature the great things you are doing in the Monday Minute! We've been able to feature outstanding student activities the last three weeks in a row. Who will be next?


This update (downloadable below) includes a lot of news, including 8 new INSPIRE 3 Ambassadors located throughout the state. We are presenting on Service Learning and Critical Connections to Employability Skills at IASP at 1:10 on Monday. You can also come see us at our booth!

Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

  • Introducing you to our New INSPIRE3 Ambassadors
  • NEW Spotlight on Service-Learning article, written by Beth Smith our INSPIRE3 program Consultant, Thankful for Cultural Competence through Service-Learning
  • Two Snapshots of Service-Learning stories from Maple Crest M.S. and South Ripley Jr. H.S.
  • INSPIRE3 will present sessions at the IASP conferences on Service Learning and Critical Connections to Employability Skills
  • LTG TeachOne Giving Tuesday Dec. 3- Lessons and projects
  • generationOn Website November and December 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 INSPIRE3 page on the IASP website HERE or on our tab on the IMLEA website. Connect with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

The next Monday Minute will be on December 2.

Thanks for all that you do; here's hoping that Thanksgiving allows you time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family!