IMLEA Monday Minute
May 29, 2018: The Penultimate Edition
How Will the Events at Noblesville West Affect Your Students? Your Staff?
So many other questions remain: why did it happen? What happened next? What are the best steps to prevent it from happening again? How was Noblesville able to bring so many agencies together so fast to deal with the events? From the staff who had to calm students and parents (while wondering themselves what was really happening), to all of the first responders. From the Red Cross (who also showed up at the other schools who were on lockdown for up to six hours, delivering lunches, and more), to the cooks, who changed course and made sure students were fed; to the bus drivers (some who had to abandon their cars by the side of the road when their route to the transportation center was blocked, so they ran through corn fields to get to their buses to help evacuate students.)
What is the balance between being prepared and seeming alarmist? What do you do to make students feel safe at school? We know some of these questions will never be answered in their entirety, but we can learn from the many admirable things Noblesville did during one of the worst school situations imaginable. We also know that as middle level educators, you are there for the students, and will be spending some of your summer contemplating the next steps.
Northridge Middle School Celebrates STW Redesignation
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT FOR IMLEA CONFERENCE ENDS JUNE 30
Conference information can be found on our special site, or linked on the IMLEA website. You may also register now or reserve hotel rooms at our special conference rate. The keynote with Ben Glenn will be on Sunday, September 16, with six different sessions on Monday the 17th.
You can register a team now, list the same name five times, and later notifiy us exactly who is coming. Did you know it's even possible to have Monday, September 17 declared an eLearning Day and send your entire staff? Bobby Thompson of Triton Central Middle School was able to do this two years ago. Contact us if you'd like more information about this.
Not Everyone's Buses are Parked for the Summer...Yet
Myah Donovan of Hebron MS Receives Shining Star Award
Did you know that IMLEA members can nominate outstanding students or teachers for this award? You can find out more information on the "Recognition" tab on our website. Your local Horace Mann representative will even come to your school to assist with the presentation!
Power of Data: GIS Teacher Workshops
Ball State Professor Dr. Josephine M. Shireen Desouza has received an NSF Grant to offer a paid professional development workshop in integrating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the middle and high school science and social studies curricula.
July 9-13: Belzer Middle School, E. 56th Street, Indianapolis
July 16-20: Ball StateLearn more about the workshops, and register with this link.
Dates of Note
June 4: Final Monday Minute of the 2017-18 School Year Will Be Posted (PD Focus)
June 30: Deadline for Early Registration Discount for IMLEA 2018 Conference
August 24: IMLEA Board Meeting
That's All for Now!
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