IMLEA News

October 14, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association

Congratulations to Rochester Middle School

Unified Champion Spotlight Episode 7 Rochester Middle School
Rochester is the first middle school in Indiana to be named a Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School! In the past we have featured some of the videos from their events, and there are links to them on our webpage. Virtual training is available this year for schools who would like to participate, and a new video series that includes Rochester and Lowell Middle School can be found here. You can learn more about the national recognition program here. There are nine Indiana middle schools that have earned banner status in the past, and they are willing to serve as mentors. You can also contact Tori Batson at Special Olympics for any questions, and see the information below. In addition, they have just begun offering Unified Robotics at the elementary level, with the possibility of expanding to middle level if there is interest.

For Assistant Principals: A New MiddleWeb Blog

MiddleWeb has a new blog by Deanna Miller of Alabama specifically for assistant principals. The first post asked a great question: did you become an AP as a route to "higher" positions, or do you see it as a career? The second post, out last week, discusses ways to support 2020's new teachers.


How often does the AP designation seem to catch a lot of "other duties as assigned," some of them duties that didn't even exist previously? Thanks for all that you are doing!

Are your students drowning in email?

These lessons to use with students were designed for Gmail by Wes Fryer, but can be adapted for Outlook. Many students (and some parents) have been overwhelmed by the amounts of email generated by Google Classroom and other notifications and have no idea that filters are available. Many are not sure how to properly write an email. (Have you ever received one with the entire body in the subject line?)

These lessons, videos, and curriculum resources are licensed by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only License. This means you can reuse and remix any of these resources for FREE with attribution.

(Another) New Series on the Distance Learning Playbook

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey are doing another live webinar series on their 2020 book, The Distance Learning Playbook. (There are several different versions now, including one for parents.) I have attended several sessions, for both teachers and leaders, and found them all to be helpful. (You don't have to have purchased the book, but I did.) You can register for the series here. (Oct 15, 22, 29 for teachers; Oct 20, Nov 3 & 10 for leaders)


Keep Indiana Learning will have four more sessions in their series, as well, with the next one on October 21.

You Can Still Register for AMLE20!

Most presentations will occur October 23-25, but special opportunities for connecting and networking start before that! I will be taking part in some of the job-alike groups (JAGs) and Homebase groups. So, for example, if you are a science teacher, you will have opportunities to connect with other science teachers outside regular sessions. IMLEA and AMLE members receive conference discounts, and taped sessions will be available afterwards. Check out the keynotes and sessions and register here.

More on Digital Escape Rooms

Last spring, the links about digital breakout/escape rooms in our newsletters were among the most clicked. Here is a very detailed post with examples of how to create your own using Google Forms. And in case you missed it (or don't want to dig for it), here is the best list I've seen with pre-made escape rooms/digital breakouts. Halloween ones will probably be very popular!

This Week's INSPIRE3 Update

Highlights included in this INSPIRE3 Update 10/12/20. Thank You for sharing this Update with your staff and colleagues as these resources are beneficial in service-learning planning for in-school and/or virtual instruction for the 20-21 school year.

  • FREE 1 hour VIRTUAL SERVICE LEARNING PD OPPORTUNITY for Educators and Administrators across Indiana – Thurs. Oct. 22, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 EST (3:00-4:00PM CST) Click INSPIRE3 Virtual Service Learning PD for session details and registration. Register by Oct. 19, 2020.
  • INSPIRE3 PowerPoints- Service Learning for Science and STEM Educators K-12 Virtual Workshop; K-5 and 6-12 Service Learning/Blended/Virtual Learning in ALL Content areas; Service Learning/Employability Skills; Service Learning /SEL.. All PPTs and Tutorials found HERE.
  • LTG lessons and resources to support upcoming national initiatives: National Disabilities Month (Oct. 1-31) ; Anti-Bullying Month; World Food Day (Oct. 16); Election Day (Nov. 3); Veterans Day (Nov. 11); National Philanthropy Day (Nov. 15) Oct. and Nov. lessons/toolkits
  • Youth Activity Guides – K-12
  • SEL in Community Activity Guides K-12
  • Teaching Social Justice and Building Community grade level guides
  • Service-Learning BLENDS into VIRTUALLY Everything Part 2 -Spotlight on SL article.
  • generationOn website f ree service-learning resources for teachers, students, and parents
  • INPSIRE3 mini-grants available through October 2020 for service-learning projects started during 1st semester of 20-21.
  • Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IASP website HERE and Connect
  • Contact information for free assistance
  • Thank You Very Much for sharing our updates and the INSPIRE3 web page with your staff and colleagues

That's All for Now!

The Monday Minute/IMLEA Newsletter will be on Fall Break next week. It will return around October 26 after the AMLE Conference and will include some highlights of resources and ideas shared there. (And you can still register for it!) If you are having a fall break, enjoy!


You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we will be posting there more frequently. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.