A New Newsletter

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 3.40.16 PMHey there everyone!

Welcome to the revamped version of our newsletter.
As an IMLA member, you may remember it as the Hot Topic Newsletter, and while we all know that there are definitely hot topics within education, there are also many aspects of our work that stay the same over long periods of time.  Thus, we’ve retitled it: In the Middle.
Our new In the Middle newsletter will focus on all aspects of middle level teaching.  We’ll share information about pedagogy, videos, apps, current practice, future thinking, and more!  Click on each picture in the newsletter to be taken to somethign different!
Each month we’ll send out one issue to any school that has previously been an IMLA member.  But we’re also sharing out a separate newsletter later each month with more links, more information, and access to other opportunities for IMLA members.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE THE NEWSLETTER
(you can also find it on the IMLA Facebook Page)
Make sure to visit our Membership page to sign up as an IMLA member and to register for the 2016 conference.
Cheers!

 

Oh, by the way — MEET 2016’s KEYNOTE SPEAKER!

c94c65_13d54af1665f4143beffd9396c9d4c06.jpg_srz_805_433_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzThe Idaho Middle Level Association is proud to announce that Derrick Boles is the Keynote Speaker for our 2016 conference!

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.

In the meantime, check out Derrick’s Website and his Facebook page to see what he’s up to.  You can also see our prior post about Derrick’s Work with his Stand Up America program.

CSI: KUNA

Team SYNERGY at Kuna Middle School recently hosted a murder scene.  Read a bit more about it in the facebook post from the Ada County Shreiff’s Office.

https://www.facebook.com/adacosheriff/photos/a.268199736535637.63592.143102542378691/833489600006645/?type=1

Team SYNERGY hosts a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) environment for 7th and 8th grade students.  In this environment, students have direct access to their History, Language Arts, Math, and Science instructors at all times as they work to solve the problems laid out before them — and those problems require students to show off the skills they’ve practiced in all four core areas.

Team SYNERGY is scheduled to present at the 2015 IMLA conference, and they are excited to share more about how they designed and implemented their program that integrates PBL, as well as Blended Learning, and Standards-Based Grading.

In the meantime, feel free to check out their SYNERGY*VOICES blog, where they keep a log of successes, failures, problems, questions, and everything else they encounter as they move through their journey in redefining what middle school looks like.