The Monday Minute
Resources for Incorporating 9/11 in the Classroom
Scholastic Book Clubs is offering a free live stream on their FB page on September 9 with two popular authors who have middle level books about 9/11, Lauren Tarshis and Alan Gratz. They have stated that the recording should be available the next day as well.
And from a different perspective, you could show the trailer for the documentary, "You are Here: A Come from Away Story," which relates how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland embraced the thousands of passengers on the planes diverted there.
Schools to Watch
More Back to School Resources
2022Indy Honors Teachers in Advance of Championship
- Extra Yard for Teachers Week, which includes State Park Day this Sunday, September 12. Free family admission at any park using educator ID, special activities at 5 parks, and you can complete a Project Aware Activity Guide while there to be eligible for a free annual park pass!
- The BIG DAY, September 14.
- High school football Tailgate Tour throughout the state. If they are in your area, check out the tents for some nice swag! (I already attended one.)
- Their own Teacher of the Year program, which includes some great prizes. Nominate outstanding teachers here.
- The Extra Yard for Teachers 5K on January 9.
- Contributions toward the Indiana (e) Learning Lab. (see below)
- Follow @2022Indy on Twitter and/or Instagram for other opportunities and giveaways that will pop up.
Indiana Learning Lab
The Learning Lab still includes many resources, and a tracking system to record the PD you participate in there.
BREAKING NEWS: Free lunch for the school that has the most teachers sign up for the Learning Lab from September 6-12!
FULBRIGHT TEACHER EXCHANGES
AMLE Conference Registration Now Open
The #AMLE21 Student Voice Off
It’s time to make your voices heard, middle grades students! To give students an opportunity to be involved in a democratic process and shared decision-making, AMLE is holding the Great Middle School Student Voice Off during the Annual Conference. It’s as easy as sharing your perspective in a short video on one of two topics that impact you as a middle grades student:
- Should there be homework in middle school?
- Should there be dress codes in middle school?
The students who submit the winning pro and con arguments for each prompt will be invited to complete live during the #AMLE21 opening kickoff session on November 4. Students must have a sponsoring teacher and can complete the registration form with the assistance of a parent/guardian. Submissions are due October 7 by midnight. There are fabulous prizes for the semi-finalists and winner – and their sponsoring teacher. Learn more!
AMLE Back to School Collaboration Meetups
Join AMLE for a series of 30-minute collaboration meet-ups around a variety of topics, strategies, and ideas perfect for this unique back to school season. Each 4 pm meet-up will include content from an expert presenter, followed by live participatory conversation around the topic.
Participants will also receive a certificate of participation for 0.5 contact hours per session attended. These are free and open to all; be sure to register in advance to receive the link in time. Can’t attend live? All meet-ups will be recorded and made available the next day for registrants..
September 9: Assessment in the Middle Level Art Room
September 21: Not Another Review Worksheet
September 23: Using Tech to Help with Mindfulness Breaks
September 30: New Teacher Roundtable
National Geographic offers both self-paced & cohort classes. Cohorts this fall run from September 29-November 3. They are not limited to social studies teachers. NG certification, which makes teachers eligible for special events, is also available.
Did you know that FutureSmart’s interactive lessons are available to every middle school at no cost? Learn how these can help your students with important skills like decision making and goal setting.
Kick off the new school year with FutureSmart’s financial personality quiz and help students learn more about their own approach to spending. It’s a great get-to-know-you activity that can also leave a lasting impact on your students.
Once students learn a little bit more about themselves, they’ll encounter and help other virtual citizens looking for guidance in a variety of financial situations while learning along the way. Through simulations, animated activities and real-world scenarios, students learn how to budget, comparison shop, set goals, save and plan for the future.
Long-time IMLEA corporate supporter, Horace Mann, wants to ensure you’re aware of the latest updates around federal student loans and provide some additional resources. Click the links throughout the file below for more information on each topic. We also receive free access to their incredible program, Student Loan Solutions. And, they have a continuing webinar series.
Learning Opportunities (all times EDT)
September 8: Establishing Character in a Digital World: Building Grit, Resilience, and Socioemotional Skills, Noon-2 (also available on youtube)
*September 9: Livestream with Authors Lauren Tarshis and Alan Gratz, 11 am
September 9: AMLE Meetup, Assessment in the Middle Level Art Room, 4 pm
September 11: Edtech in the Bend, 9-Noon (Virtual)
September 13: ESSER Funds: Today, Tomorrow, and the Long-Term Impact on Learning, 3 pm
September 13: Learning Reimagined: Leveraging Technology to Meet the Needs of All Students, 5 pm
*September 15: International Dot Day
September 15: Neurodivergent and Gifted: Supporting Twice-Exceptional Students, 1 pm
September 17: Constitution Day (various activities)
September 18: Indiana State Literacy Association Conference (Virtual)
September 21: The State of STEM in Indiana, 1:30 pm
*September 21: Mathematics, the Key to a Better World with Youtuber Eddie Woo, 5 pm
September 22: Looking for Rigor in All the Right Places, 4:30
September 24-30: Kasey Belll's Back to School Conference
September 30: Remake Learning Back to School Kickoff Event: Creating and Activating Hope, 7-8:30 pm
October 4: Lilly Creativity Grant Proposals Due, 11:59 pm
October 7: AMLE Student Voice Off Entries Due, 11:59 pm
October 15: STW Applications Due
November 4-7: AMLE Virtual Conference
*Designed to Include Students
Indiana Learning Lab. Must log in to see workshop topics. This week's live sessions:Welcome to the Lab, Digital Resources, Jamboard vs Google Slides
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.
The Monday Minute is a publication of the Indiana Middle Level Education Association. The first few editions each year are sent to an extensive list of middle level administrators, and then to just members. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time; we also realize that our list may not be current in light of many staff changes. We try to include things that are of interest to both teachers and administrators, and it isn't usually this long!
And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership!