2018 Keynote: Marlena Gross-Taylor

MGTWe are super excited to announce our keynote for our 2018 conference. Marlena Gross-Taylor will join IMLA in Idaho Falls, Idaho on February 16-17, 2018 to help “Shape the Future”. You may know her from her work as the founder of EduGladiators, a movement dedicated to empower educators to emphasize what is best for kids. Check our their newest podcast HERE.

“Marlena Gross-Taylor is a dedicated and successful EdLeader with a proven track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision, strategic planning, leadership, and team building. A Nashville transplant originally from southern Louisiana, Marlena’s educational experience spans several states allowing her to have served K-12 students in both rural and urban districts. She has been recognized as a middle school master teacher and innovative administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Because of her sound knowledge of both elementary and secondary education, Marlena has broad-based experience creating and implementing dynamic interactive programs to attain district goals while leveraging her flexibility, resourcefulness, and organizational and interpersonal skills to foster learning through a positive, encouraging environment.” Full Article Here.

A Special Offer from Our Keynote Speaker Derrick Boles

c94c65_13d54af1665f4143beffd9396c9d4c06.jpg_srz_805_433_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzAs you know, our Keynote Speaker for the 2016 IMLA conference is none other than the incredible, powerful, and motivational speaker, Derrick Boles.

146DB-UNIVERSITYDerrick’s latest endeavor, Boles Academy, is a unique blend of professional development, mentorship and brand management. Derrick and his team are committed to supporting clients to maximize their potential for growth and impact. Boles University’s core principles are based on their Founders vision for developing next generation of influencers on a global scale.

bbgAnd now for the special offer for IMLA members:  Derrick and his team at Boles University are offering a discount for his Bully Be Gone training.  This program has been designed exclusively for educators, teachers, staff, and administrators. It will expand your knowledge, maybe shift your perspective, and give you tools to be more effective in the school and in the classroom setting. Throughout this course, Derrick discusses the school climate, risk factors, and more. This is a live filming, working with a school district, and with educators who attended the live training.

Normally this course costs $45, but IMLA members are being offered the course for a discounted price of $29!  (click here to take this course)

Hurry over to Boles University and the Bully Be Gone course page to lock in this one-time offer.

This offer is only available to IMLA members from today through our 2016 conference.




Keynote Speaker: Derrick Boles


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.


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Heads up! 2016 Conference Information!



c94c65_13d54af1665f4143beffd9396c9d4c06.jpg_srz_805_433_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzWe’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!)

Big Changes

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.

Two things…

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 idahomiddle@gmail.com if you have any further questions.



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.

Cynthia Tobias: “Straight to the Source”

We thought we’d share another video from our 2015 Keynote Speaker Cynthia Tobias, who reminds us that we can’t simply assume why our students make the choices they make; if we really want to get inside the brains of our middle schoolers, we need to go straight to the source.


New to Middle School?

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 3.58.45 PMThe transition to middle school can be daunting; there are fears lurking at every corner: lockers, new faces, new social situations, teachers can be scary.  But does anyone ever think of the parents?  Parents of middle school students also notice a sudden change in their children, ranging from their behaviors to what they need from their parents.  Being available for that change is also daunting for parents.

Click the image to the right for an introductory article to Cynthia Tobias’ new book: Middle School: The Inside Story — What Kids Tell Us, but Don’t Tell You.  

You might be surprised to find that you’re not alone.

More information on that book can be found here.

Middle School: The Inside Story

middle school inside storyIMLA 2015 Keynote speaker Cynthia Tobias recently released a new book called Middle School: The Inside Story – What Kids Tell Us, but Don’t Tell You.  The book provides practical, hands-on advice for helping your child through this minefield—with information about what he or she is really going through, but isn’t likely to share.

Ms. Tobias is also a featured speaker at NNU on Saturday, September 6 for a simulcast at the Brandt Center.