Call for Student Art!

We love showcasing student artists and their work during our conference. If your school has some talented artists, we’d love to put their work on display.
 
Please click the image below for details and for a media release form.
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Most Likely to Succeed

Guess what?   We’ve got an early Christmas present for our IMLA members!

We will be hosting three separate screenings of the film Most Likely to Succeed.  If you haven’t seen the film, it’s a view of the past and present of the public school system and offers a view of the future of education.

  • Thursday, February 11 – from 7 – 8:30pm (general public)
  • Friday February 12 – from 5 – 6:30pm  (general public & teachers)
  • Saturday February 13 – from  11-12:30pm (conference attendees only)

Check out the trailer.

Most Likely to Succeed Trailer from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

 

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.

Meet Us In the Middle!

As the year is coming to a close, many of us take a focus on the coming year and start preparing for the changes we’d like to make.  Some of us focus on instructional changes we’d like to make, some of us focus on management.  Some focus on curriculum, and some of us make movements to other positions within our schools or other districts.

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 4.14.43 PMThe IMLA board members make the same changes as well, and we’d just like to take this moment to emphasize that the IMLA board represents the broad diversity Idaho has to offer. Our board is comprised of teachers, principals, and superintendents for middle school students in public schools, alternative schools, charter schools, and a Christian school representing rural and urban districts across the state of Idaho.  We’re proud to represent all of our member schools and educators as we work to meet the middle across the state of Idaho.

This year we made big changes to our annual Conference, and you’ll see even more surprises we have in store for the 2016 conference.  If you know of schools, teachers, parents, or any educational supporters you think would like to be members of our organization, please have them contact their regional representative for more information.

ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES!

IMLA circle Round TableWe’ve updated our registration info page with a link to attend the Round Table session with Randy Jensen and Jeffrey Reed.

One cool thing about the Round Table Session is that you don’t need to attend the full conference to participate — it’s its own mini-conference, wherein you’ll get the opportunity to hear from two wonderful Idaho educators who will discuss leadership trends and topics in middle level education in Idaho.

Registration for this seminar includes dinner. This event is open to non-IMLA members as well as people not attending the annual conference Feb 27-28th.

10 Things Students Experience Every day

Here are 10 things our students experience every day that I believe many of us educators

tend to forget about…

1). Limited amounts of time and constantly in a rush to go from one place to the next and having to eat at a pace that isn’t normal or ideal for most.

2). Trying to keep straight a different set of classroom expectations, procedures, and beliefs about learning for several different teachers.

3). Dressing out for gym class can be quite an intimidating and frightful experience for many.

4). Having to go to the restroom and either being rushed or having to ask for permission to go to the restroom during a time in class when it’s convenient for the teacher.

5). The amount of food our students get at breakfast and lunch may not be enough to completely quench their hunger due to recent changes in food and nutrition regulations.

6). Lots of sitting only to be followed up by more sitting. A majority of a student’s day is comprised of sitting in an uncomfortable chair.

7). Students are asked to travel all throughout the building over the course of the day, and it seems like each classroom and each space in the building has a different temperature. One room may be too warm while the next room is too cold.

8). Lots of being talked ‘at’ rather than being talked ‘with.’

9). Other kids in class who purposefully derail and consume large amounts of attention and time from the teacher which leaves other kids feeling like they aren’t important or don’t deserve any of the teacher’s time.

10). Lastly, and probably most frustrating, the tiny little desks and work spaces students are provided that make it difficult for everything to fit. Pencils and pens falling off desks, and books, devices, paper, and writing utensils all fitting on the desk at the same time are real problems.

(Jusitn Tarte 2014)