IMLEA Monday Minute

August 27, 2018

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Congratulations to Rochester Middle School

Rochester Middle School had their Champions Together Celebration on August 22, joining Lowell, South Ripley, Brownsburg West, and Shelbyville as IMLEA members to earn the coveted banner. If your school is interested in participating, contact Shirley Wright. Lee Lonzo, who directs this partnership with the IHSAA and Special Olympics, will also be at our conference.
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Would you like to have a free* author visit at your school? Once again, Indiana Humanities is sponsoring visits to communities throughout Indiana. John David "Dave" Anderson from Indianapolis is probably the most popular middle-level author on the list, but having students interact with any author is a bonus! Applications are due by October 12, and visits must take place by June 30, 2019. Complete information can be found on the IH website.

*While the website mentions travel costs, when we had an author at Creston Middle School/Intermediate Academy, we were not required to pay anything. Our author spoke once during the day for students, and we had an event at night open to the community.

Educator Networking Nights at the Children's Museum

The Children's Museum in Indianapolis offers many after-hours experiences for educators. (I have attended several.) In the next two months, they have events relating to Frankenstein, a visit from author Matthew Holm, and the launch of Philip Hoose's new book, Attucks: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City. Some, but not all, of their events are free. They are also planning an upcoming event related to their wildly-successful Sports Legend Experience.

Naturally, we hear a lot about events in the Indianapolis area; if you know of similar events in your part of the state, please let us know, and we will share them.

Money $ Money $ Money

We have updated the page on our website about places to find funds for classroom activities and professional development. I recently attended an excellent conference session about grants, and while it was focusing primarily on libraries, many of the tips could apply to schools. While many schools will use Title 2, Title IV, or district funds to attend our conference, there are other options.

At our August 24 IMLEA board meeting, some of our members shared other success stories. Please let us know if you have other suggestions! You can find this post on our website under Resources>Finding EDU Funding.


Who best to understand your needs as a middle level educator??? Other middle level educators! Conference information is on our special site & linked on the IMLEA website. You may register now (filling names in later if needed) or reserve hotel rooms at our special rate. Attendees may be registered by purchase order, credit card, check, or PayPal. You may also join IMLEA at the same time to take advantage of the member discount. While many schools use Title II funds for this, you may also use Title IV.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

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Horace Mann Supports Both IMLEA & Schools to Watch

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In addition to offering insurance products, supporting IMLEA and Schools to Watch in multiple ways, and help with reducing/redirecting/removing student loans for teachers, Horace Mann also is a big supporter of DonorsChoose projects. Lynn Schmale, Territory Director for HM, will be giving away $750 in grant support at our conference. To kick things off, he also gave grant funds to winning principals Keith Page, IMLEA board member, left; and Matt Maple, STW Principal, at our recent meetings. (Plus, the national Horace Mann company is currently giving away a 3D printer every month.)

To host a Student Loan Solutions workshop for your teachers, you can contact Lynn (217.725.6822); he or one of his agents in Indiana will schedule a visit.

This Week's Update from genOn IN

If you look at "Stories of Student Action" on the pages of Learning to Give, you will notice that many of the stories are from Indiana. Joan Belschwender, genOn Director, Beth Smith, and the other Indiana consultants have done an excellent job of promoting the many free service learning resources available to educators, giving advice on implementation, and sharing the stories of their success. You can read Joan's genOn IN update for this week here for even more Indiana stories and information.

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