“All teachers make a footprint on a student’s life, some just make a deeper one than others. Thank you to all the teachers out there willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in a child’s life. Mrs. L., thank you for making my 8th grade year one of the best of my life. You taught me more than history of our nation, you taught me history about life. Thank you!”
— Caitlin B., Age 14 —
As we move into the 2014-2015 school year Caitlin’s words remind us of what a privilege it is to be an educator. She reminds us that our students look to us for content knowledge as well as lessons having to do with the person they are working to become.
We can never lose site of the fact that for many of our students we represent the adults they spend the most time with in the course of a day. This brings with it an opportunity and responsibility to create an environment where optimal learning can take place and inspiration to be the best person they can be surrounds them.
During your quest for creating a school/classroom where your middle level students thrive, I invite you to become a member of the Ohio Middle Level Association to add to the tools in your educator toolbox.
Why join OMLA?
One of the most convenient ways to network with other exemplary middle level educators is to attend the Ohio Middle Level Conference at Kalahari in Sandusky, February 12 & 13th. Mr. Ron Clark is our keynote speaker. As a Disney American Teacher of the Year, Ron promises to be a speaker who will provide inspiration and strategies to elevate your practice as an educator. In addition, Jack Berckemeyer will return to offer his expertise to pre-service and new teachers. See our website for more details.
Other professional development opportunities include the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in early November. Check their website for details. Also, if you are an administrator, I encourage you to attend the OASSA Fall Conference October 19-21. Both conferences provide invaluable information and resources.
Enjoy the start to this new school year and all of the possibilities it holds!
Conference at a Glance
The most valuable and comprehensive professional development opportunity in the world for any person working with students ages 10–15.
Top Reasons to Attend
Go home with activities to use in your school or classroom the very next day.
Discover new ways to engage your students and increase achievement.
Learn intervention strategies that help struggling learners catch up.
Learn about Common Core Standards and how they impact what you do in your classroom.
Receive practical solutions from 600 leading presenters in middle level education.
Attend more than 300 sessions in 60 topic areas. There really is something for everyone!
Receive hands-on instruction in the Classroom 2.0 Technology Sessions to increase achievement.
Get personal attention from the experts in the 20-minute Speed Learning Sessions
Go to http://www.amle.org for more information