Announcing Dr. Wiley J. Dobbs as our Round Table Speaker for our 2016 Conference! Don’t forget to register. Only a few days remaining to lock in the early bird pricing.
Hey, you did know you can receive a Professional Development credit by attending the IMLA 2016 Conference, didn’t you? Of course you did!
Once you’ve registered for the conference, head on over to your favorite institution and register for the credit there. We currently have credit opportunities from Boise State and NNU. Click on the logos to go to their respective sign-up pages.
Hey there everyone!
As we said in our last post, we’ve made some radical changes to our conference over the past two years:
Therefore, we’d like to show you what this year’s schedule looks like:
Friday, February 12 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Oh, one more thing…first-come, first-served:
The Hampton Inn in Nampa has graciously set aside 15 rooms at the low rate of $99 per night.
This rate is only open to IMLA Members. If you or your team would like to book a room (or rooms) at that rate, please do so before Jan 28, 2016.
Please Call them at: 208-442-0036
We’ve finalized plans for the 2016 conference, and can’t wait to see you in February at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa. Our Keynote speaker this year is the one and only Derrick Boles. (click his picture!)
We’ve made some pretty big changes in the past year, and this year is no exception.
From a new website (did you notice we’re back at idahomiddle.org?) to a new mailing address, to a redesigned newsletter, we’re working to make the IMLA and our conference work better for our members.
Our Conference has been radically streamlined to provide our members with an entertaining, informative, and inspiring conference, while still allowing members to keep some of their weekend. 🙂
From special opportunities and benefits for IMLA members, we will also be offering access to other resources, information, and tools not available for non-members.
Make sure you or your school are up to date on your Membership.
And be sure to hurry over to our Conference Info page to lock in lower pricing for the conference. Our “early bird” date is is coming up very soon!
Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Derrick Boles is recognized as a thought leader in human development and organizational behavior. He is known for his expertise in leadership and his authentic learning training models.
Derrick has been recognized as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to support the “Ethos” of any group. Ethos is the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs or practices of a group or society, any community , business or organization. His innovative approach to developing the individual has earned him National and International recognition.
He has been able to build meaningful and lasting relationships with corporations, educational institutions, civil authority agencies and national youth groups which has earned him the none formal title and respect as a “Leader of Leaders.”
Derrick is a powerful presence and an an amazing speaker, and we can’t wait to have you with us at the 2016 conference to take his message back to your schools.
Thanks for the great conference everyone! And special thanks to Cynthia Tobias and all of our presenters and vendors.
Stay tuned to this page for follow-up photos from the conference, as well as some special treats only available to IMLA members.
But don’t think we’re going anywhere until next year — we’ll be updating this page with links to resources, research, videos and more until next year’s conference. That said: here’s a little teaser to get you jazzed up for 2016’s conference at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa. The title of the conference is “The Power to Change”
This We Believe has been the framework for the development of middle school philosophy since its original publication in 1982. Members of the education community collaborated in the identification of four essential attributes and sixteen characteristics necessary for effective middle level education. Now, over thirty years later, those attributes and characteristics remain a core tenet of the middle level movement. However, the middle level in Idaho is in crisis and some characteristics face extinction.
Budget cuts, spending freezes, and changing leadership have taken a dramatic and painful toll on the quality of middle level education in Idaho. As money has become scarce, districts have had to cut FTE allotments, increasing class sizes while simultaneously damaging the ability of buildings to continue to function with middle level philosophy in mind. Funding for field trips, athletics, or other extra-curricular activities has been slashed, limiting the number of opportunities for children without imposing a burden on individual families to make up the difference.
While we have all felt the shift and the pinch from thinner budgets, we do not have to sacrifice the core tenants of middle level philosophy. The theme for the 2015 IMLA Annual Conference, to be held at the end of February, is “We Still Believe.”
We Still Believe—in understanding the physiological, psychological and social/emotional developmental needs of our students as the primary focus in the decision-making process.
We Still Believe—that every child can learn, regardless of their ability level, and that individual expectations should emphasize high standards focused on growth and improvement.
We Still Believe—in providing students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to become a productive member of their community.
We Still Believe—that every child deserves advocacy to ensure they get fair and equal access to a meaningful, challenging, and relevant learning experience.
With courage it is possible for us to protect the attributes and characteristics that have guided us for the past thirty years. Even if your team is unable to join us at the 2015 conference it is not too late to get involved: