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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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.


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.

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.

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.

Meet 2015’s Keynote Speaker!

Cynthia Tobias 1 09Cynthia Ulrich Tobias is Founder, Manager and CEO of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles). She is an author and speaker, known throughout the United States and internationally for her entertaining, practical and life-changing presentations.

Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Northwest Nazarene University and followed with her Master of Education degree from Seattle Pacific University. Her successful background includes over twenty-one years of private practice and business ownership, eight years of teaching in public high school, and six years in law enforcement.

Cynthia is internationally recognized as:

  • The best-selling author of The Way They Learn, The Way We Work, Every Child Can Succeed, Bringing out the Best in Your Child, Do You Know What I Like About You?, You Can’t Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded), Redefining The Strong-Willed Woman, and I Hate School!
  • A popular presenter at workshops, classes and seminars for business, government agencies, churches and school districts throughout the U.S. and the world.
  • A featured guest in radio and television appearances throughout North America.
  • Mother of twin sons, now in college.