The Monday Minute

Indiana Middle Level Education Association, DecemberπŸŽ„2022


IMLEA is holding a conference on Saturday, March 4 at Christel House Academy South/Manual on the near southside of downtown Indianapolis. We have Jack Berckemeyer, an outstanding keynote, and will have 4 different breakout time slots. Please encourage/recommend/nominate yourself to present at one of those sessions! The application to present is now open. We will also have other education experts but want to highlight teachers as well!

Click here for more details and to register.

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Congratulations to LaPorte Middle School's Bonnie DeWolf

Speaking of outstanding teachers....Bonnie DeWolf is this year's middle school recipient of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. A 2021 TOY winner for LaPorte, she also contributed a lot to INSPIRE3/generationOn and incorporates philanthropy into her social studies classes and other activities.

(BTW, LaPorte Middle School is a great one to follow on Facebook.)

'Tis the Season πŸ””

Hark! the district angels sing

Vacation's coming; it's a thing.

Parties in school, the kids are wild

I can't wait till grades are filed.

Why Advisory? πŸŽ…πŸΌ πŸŽ…πŸΌ πŸŽ…πŸΌ πŸŽ…πŸΌ πŸŽ…πŸΌ

During the AMLE conference last month, Joe Mazza and Phyllis Fagell sat down with Principal Todd Brist to share a few top insights for schools implementing advisory programs. Listen to the podcast or read the recap. There are several other episodes of the "Walk and Talk" podcast as well.

Also from AMLE: Member Survey

"AMLE NEEDS your feedback to help shape the future of your organization and our work to promote middle level education. We know your time is valuable. Take the survey by December 31 to receive 10% off your 2023 AMLE Professional Membership dues."

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„Quick Hits for busy EducatorsπŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

New Winter Breakouts and Activities

Some ideas you can even use before break.

Thinking about implementing interactive digital notebooks?

Have you heard of CHATGPT?

This is the best explanation I've seen for this bot that writes for you using artificial intelligence. It was released November 30 and has received a multitude of publicity. There's been everything from ChatGPT will be "The End of HS English as We Know It" to "AI will NOT be the end..."

Edutopia's Year End

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It's back! Ditch Summit runs from now through January 6. You can register here. In addition to new speakers for this year (including Indiana's own Michele Eaton), you can also view past year's presentations here. These are nationally known speakers-- for free!

CSPD Applications Open

Many teachers have raved about Computer Science PD Week , to be held in Bloomington June 26-30, 2023. If you are a K-12 Indiana teacher incorporating some aspect of computer science, you are eligible. Find the initial form and more details here.

Learning Opportunities & Resources


NOW-January 6- Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit

December 18- Applications due for US DOE School Ambassador Fellowship Program

December 21: Proposals due for IMLEA Conference

January 9-Nominations due for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching (Actual Application is due in February)

January 12- Indiana STEM Conference at Purdue

January 17-AMLE Virtual Teaming Workshop with Jack Berckemeyer, 5:30 (paid)

*January 23-Letters about Literature Entries Due (for Grades 4-12)

March 4-IMLEA Conference at Christel House Manual, Indianapolis. Registration now open!

*Includes students


IN LearningPartnership (Includes Wednesday PD with IDOE)

Indiana Learning Lab Workshops (Requires Sign in for Registration)

Teachers First OK2Ask Online Workshops (past on-demand sessions)

Keep Indiana Learning (KIL) Free Events & On-Demand Recordings Webinars (if sponsored, "commercials" are at the end)

** edWeb just released their most watched webinars and panels for 2022 (many are for younger students, but not all)

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

AMLE Podcast Series

AMLE Events (some free, some paid)

Corwin Webinars

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. In many cases, you can register and receive a recording later.

get in the πŸŽ„ spirit with these great ads from the UK

Top 5 Funniest Christmas Commercials from around the World 2018 (Best Funny Christmas Commercials)


The only organization in Indiana devoted to promoting, improving, and supporting middle level education. We are the Indiana affiliate of the national organization AMLE, and administer the Schools to Watch program for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

Join us! Membership Benefits and Application

Susie Highley, Executive Director

Shirley Wright, Schools to Watch Consultant


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We’re grateful for our clients, colleagues, family and friends this holiday season. From all of us at Horace Mann and the Indiana Middle Level Education Association, we wish you peace, connection and joy in the year to come.

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