A Conference for Educators of Young Adolescents

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October 14, 2014

Presented by SERESC, NELMS and NHAMLE

Come celebrate the energy and enthusiasm of young adolescent learners by working with peers and presenters to share strategies to motivate and engage our students.

  • How does great instruction motivate our students?
  • What are the connections between engagement and learning outcomes?
  • How do you use characteristics of young adolescents to guide them to success?

Sessions include:

Celebrate! Motivate! Strategies to Engage The Young Adolescent

How do middle school students describe engagement in learning? What classroom and school structures and strategies do students identify as supporting their engagement in learning? In this session, we will explore student engagement in learning from the perspective of the middle school learner, and we will consider implications for our practice.

Got Grit?

Grit is perseverance and passion for long term goals and is what many believe to be the key to success. After a brief overview of the presenter's research on teaching grit to fifth graders, attendees will discuss the importance of giving students opportunities to practice developing qualities of grit in a classroom setting. These strategies include understanding optimistic thinking, using a growth mindset, and ways to integrate goal setting into the regular academic curriculum.

Peer Collaboration

Be prepared to work with colleagues in your content to share ideas – what projects motivate your students? Bring an idea to share and leave with many to implement on the next day, in the next unit, or later in the year. Participants will spend the day with content colleagues: Humanities (ELA/social studies), STEM (science/math) and the Arts (unified arts), and in this sharing session will learn from one another.


Alison Bryant

Alison Bryant is the Academic Coordinator for Teaching and Learning at Laconia Middle School and a former middle and high school English/Language Arts teacher. She holds both an MEd in English Education and Teaching Writing and a CAGS in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University and is doctoral candidate at Northeastern University. Her research interests include student engagement in learning at the middle level and the successful transition to high school.

Amy Lyon

Amy Lyon earned her EdD through New England College researching the topic of grit for her dissertation, and then designed a year-long curriculum to foster those skills with her students and others in the district. Currently, Amy teaches fifth grade at the Sutton Central School which is part of the Kearsarge District. (If you'd like to learn more about grit and her program, visit her website at

Deb Lachance

Deb Lachance is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Oyster River Middle School. She is a past president of NHAMLE and a recent recipient of the NELMS Master in the Middle Award. She will facilitate the STEM sharing session.

Judy Ferreria and Rachel Carney

Judy Ferreria is an 8th grade ELA teacher at Kearsarge Middle School where she has been teaching for 22 years. Rachel Carney is an 8th grade special educator and has been teaching at KRMS for nine years. They will begin their sixth year as co-teachers in a variety of classes and serve as a model and resource in their district for technology integration as well as co-teaching. Judi and Rachel will facilitate the Humanities sharing session.

Deborah Booth

Deborah Booth is the Art Teacher at Epping Middle School where she is also the team leader for the Unified Arts Team. She received the New Hampshire Art Teacher of the Year Award in 2010 which is granted by the NH Council for the Arts. Deb will be facilitating the sharing session for Unified Arts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Check in starts at 8:00

Breakfast and Lunch at SERESC

8:00 – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – Opening Session

9:00 – Session I (You will attend sessions with colleagues in your content area)

10:30 – Break

10:45 – Session II

12:15 – Collaboration Lunch and Student Demonstration

1:15 – Session III

2:45 – Wrap up Session and Reflection

Certificate of Attendance available for 6 Contact Hours

$185.00 Per Participants

$170.00 early registration by 9/30/2014---Enter discount code: EARLY*REGISTRATION

**For Member District Discount: See your school district administrator for a code to use when you register online.

Registration Closes 10/7/2014

Registration closes 7 days before event date. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked, or sent via email, 7 days before the event.

No refunds will be given for requests received after 7 days before the event, or for "no shows". We do accept substitution of another person at our conference. 24 hours of notification is appreciated.

All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. Cost of registration fee is still liable whether payment is paid or unpaid, if no notice of cancellation is received at least 7 days prior to the event.

If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.


SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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