Monday Minute

September 16, 2019

Check Out the Great Line Up of Sessions for Our Conference!

Today's background features the wonderful sessions available on the second day of our conference, September 30. The first link below has many more details, including names of the presenters, their affiliations, complete descriptions, and more. Our most popular topics include STEM/STEAM and student well-being, and there are many sessions that apply across disciplines. You can still register!

We are honored to have Buddy Berry and Lori Desautels as our keynote speakers; both have presented around the state and were highly recommended to us. They frequently keynote in Indiana and other states; teams of educators visit Berry's district in Eminence, KY, and hundreds have attended workshops led by Desautels dealing with SEL and trauma-informed practices.

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Boredom Busters Book Available at Conference; Get it Autographed by Katie Powell!

Not only will Katie Powell be presenting at two sessions at our conference, she will also have her new Dave Burgess Publishing book, Boredom Busters, available at the discounted price of $20 (retail is $24.95). Payment can be by cash, check, or PayPal. You can read more about the book here. To be included in the family of books that started with Teach Like a Pirate is a real honor!

The strategies and activities that she shares can be used in just about any subject, and as you read it, you may come up with other ideas that you can use. Katie regularly encourages others to share their ideas, and is supportive of other educators interested in reaching a wider audience.

What are the Ingredients for High-Powered Teams?

This July issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership is now available for free download. Now that school is in full swing, are there things you can do to tweak your teams? To work toward teaming? Additional topics in the edition include advisory, PLCs, and more.

Several of our Indiana Middle Schools that have achieved Schools to Watch status have successfully implemented teaming as part of the process, or improved the structures they had in place. They are willing to serve as mentors to other schools.

Six Ways to Assess Prior Knowledge: What Do Your Students Already Know?

Catlin Tucker shares several strategies for assessing prior knowledge more effectively. One method involves having students create a "brain dump," a strategy gathering a lot of attention as a valuable way to enhance learning and retrieval.


Highlights included in Update Document Below: Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

  • New – Spotlight on Service-Learning Article – How Do YOU Spell Relief?
  • New – Ten more Snapshots of Service-learning stories found here
  • New - LTG blog – Video Games and SEL
  • LTG Lessons and Resources for September 17 Citizenship/Constitution Day
  • LTG TeachOne– “Words Bring Peace” and “calming kits” project
  • INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year. Click here for requirements
  • INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
  • INSPIRE3 pages on drop down menu on IMLEA website
  • Resources and links to support Employability Skills – Grad Pathways support
  • IMLEA Conference – Sept. 29-30 – Leading from the Middle

Until Next Week....

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