September Webinars!

Check out our September webinar offerings as well as our fireside chat and TekTok!

Email mainemamleorg@gmail.com for more info. Sign up for membership today– members get webinar, Tektok, and fireside chat access for FREE!

Don’t want to be a member but want to purchase a seat? Seats are $15. Email Katie at mainemamleorg@gmail.com to purchase.

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August 2020 Fireside Chat Registration

Our August Fireside chat is FREE to anyone! Don’t miss this networking opportunity as we all grapple with COVID-19, the MDOE guidelines for reopening schools, and what it means for us.

Sign up by Aug 7 here.

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Facilitators include:

Principal of Ellsworth MS Erica Gabbianelli

Principal of Leonard MS Dr. Gert Nesin

CTOY 2020 Lindsay Mahoney

Maranacook Middle School teacher Amy Tucker

Executive Director Dr. Katie Rybakova

REMIX! MAMLE will now be VIRTUAL for our Annual 2020 Conference

After a lot of deliberation, the MAMLE Board of Directors has decided that, for the safety of our members and attendees, that we will be offering virtual sessions instead of an annual conference this year. In 2021, we plan to host our annual conference face to face at the DoubleTree in Portland, ME!

We also took the time this year to rethink what member GET for their membership. This is something that has been on our minds for a long time, and we think we have gotten to a point where we are PROUD to offer the following for our MAMLE members! Below you will find a simple version of our virtual offerings, starting August 2020 and running until May 2021.

Would you like a more detailed membership benefit description? Here you go: MAMLE_REMIX_2020!

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We will have a new page with our podcasts on our MAMLE website as well as a new page with virtual monthly offerings. Check back often! Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for membership via our PayPal or via purchase order to mainemamleorg@gmail.com.

MAMLE Stands with the African American Community

The Maine Association for Middle Level Education believes in empowerment of young minds and bodies. We also believe that to empower adolescents we must provide them the voice to battle injustices in our world. Our middle school students are our hope for a more equitable future, and the current events of George Floyd’s murder and additional racial oppression alongside the COVID19 pandemic remind us of that dire need.

MAMLE stands by the African American community yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We are committed to ensuring that our professional development and instruction incorporates true culturally sustaining pedagogy, not just a highlight of African American activists during Black History Month. Black history is OUR history, and racial oppression is EVERYONE’S fight.

We believe that middle level teachers and administration have a powerful and critically important voice during both the racial and health pandemics. These are voices of mentorship, leadership, and, ultimately, humanity. These conversations are difficult, but they are necessary. No longer can we stand silent. No longer can adolescents be “protected” from these conversations.

We stand with George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. We stand by our Black communities, colleagues, and students, who are grieving during this dark time. We see you. We hear you. We are with you.

Katie Rybakova, Ph.D.

Executive Director, MAMLE

 

We are here for you

It seems sometimes that the world has ceased to spin. Some of us got to explain why we are shifting to emergency distance learning to our students, and some of us got the news over the weekend after saying see you Monday that Friday to our students– our kids. Some of our districts are mandating full 8-hour workdays. Some are switching to no-grade assessments. Some are asking teachers to meet virtually once a week with students, while others have taken a hiatus from learning and instead requested that teachers create distance-learning packets to be mailed out with food.

What we learned so far in this tumultuous time is that:

  • What we knew about inequity has come to the surface. The varying levels of access– including none at all– have made this transition all the more difficult.
  • Teachers are rockstars. Few teachers that I know had any experience teaching online, yet within two weeks, teachers adjusted to the paradigm shift and made it work. We always make it work for our kids.
  • Some students have blossomed in online environments, while some have floundered. Some simply can’t get online. Some students are dealing with lack of motivation, while some are dealing with the deaths in their families associated with COVID 19 or otherwise. Some are dealing with toxic home environments of mental and physical abuse, while others are dealing with parents who, with the best intent in mind, are putting too much pressure on our young minds to succeed, to learn, to prosper despite *everything.* All of these situations, among others, are valid. All of these situations, among others, are real and hard and make learning during this time gosh darn near impossible. At least as compared to if we had our students face to face.
  • All of us have experienced “Zoom burnout” at one point or another.
  • All of us have experienced just.being.tired.of.everything at one point or another.
  • We have recognized that it is okay to not be okay. It is okay that our teaching at this time is not perfect. It is okay to “let go” of assignments, and to not put on makeup for Zoom meetings, and to sit our kids in front of a screen for a little longer than we’d like to so that we can get our work done. We continue to tell our colleagues and students to give themselves grace, but have a hard time following our own advice as we beat ourselves up for the what ifs and the how-can-I-help and the continued connectedness.

I could go on, but I don’t want this post to end up as just.another.coronavirus post. What I want to communicate with you all, our MAMLE membership and beyond, is that we are all doing our best, and if you can see any kind of support measure as helpful, please contact us.

If you would like access to some neat augmented reality and/or Hyperdoc activities for your students, here is a Google Drive with some of the ones my preservice teachers created to donate to schools: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1jJZ0BtIly28MAF9ijGz5JU9rBosaABca 

I would like to end this post in two ways. First, I want to let you know that we are working as a board to come up with contingency plans for our October 2020 conference. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe. We do not know what the future holds in regards to the virus, but please be assured (and stay patient) that we will adjust our conference format as needed to ensure your safety, and will communicate any changes that we make as soon as we can.

Finally, I want to remind you that WE SEE YOU. We know that you are working hard. Thank you. We know that THIS is hard. Thank you. We know that our middle school students are working hard. Thank you. Not everyone’s fight looks the same, but we are working hard to get through this together. Thank you for being the rockstars you already were.

In solidarity,

Katie Rybakova

Executive Director

MAMLE

 

Intent to Present, 2020!

Have a great idea for a conference session? Know a rockstar teacher who should share what they do every day? Work with preservice or beginning teachers who know the “lowdown” on the most current research?

Fill out our Intent to Present form today! Reduced conference rate and a fantastic professional learning opportunity. Join us in Portland in October 2020.

Interested in having preservice teachers present their research posters as part of our “The Future is Now” session? Check out the call here: The Future is Now 2020 Call for Posters and email rybakovae@thomas.edu (Katie) for more info.

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Conference Schedule Now Available!

Our conference schedule is going through its final tweaks, but we couldn’t wait to share it! We have an AMAZING lineup of presenters this year.

Session A

Thursday

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session B

Thursday

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Session C

Thursday

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Aroostook

A1. Community Building Challenges

Gert Nesin, Todd McKinley

B1. Fun with Physical Computing

Sarah Irish, Laura Johns

C1. Middle School Math Workshop

Laura Johns

Franklin

A2. Engaging Writers Through Reading Workshop

Noelle Gallant

B2. So You Want to Be a Middle-Level Administrator?

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C2. Using Technology to Transform Learning, Not Buff & Shine It

Mike Muir

Hancock

A3. A Team Challenge – So You Think You Know Middle Level Education?

Chris Toy

B3. Embracing a Strengths-Based Approach to Relationship Building in the Classroom

Meredith Lynt

C3. What’s Your Spark? Tapping Student Interests in Service Learning Projects

Kathryn Adams

Knox

A4. Flipping the Paradigm: Servant Leadership

Jerry Kiesman

B4. National Board Certification at the Middle Level: Impact and Process

Tamara Ranger

C4. Middle School 101

Gert Nesin, Erica Gabbianelli

Lincoln

A5. Creating Infographics with Pages

Ann Marie Quirion Hutton

B5. Movie Animation with Keyframing

Lindsey Carnes

C5. Digital Workflows for Today’s Classroom with Apple Classroom

Mari Dufour

Washington

A6. Motivating Underachieving Students

Mike Muir, Sue Caron

B6. How the Heck Do You Reach 10-14 Year Olds?

Mike Muir

C6. Your Brain-Compatible Classroom

Dyan McCarthy-Clark

Somerset

A7. Speak Up!: Productive Strategies to Encourage Speaking and Listening

Diana Carson

B7. Silent Strength: The Power of Leading with Kindness

Doug Ravis

C7. Digital Storytelling Projects for LA, History and STEAM – Integrating the New Literacy

Brett Pierce

Waldo

A8. Solving Real World Problems with STEM Integration

Rhonda Tate, Hannah Lakin

B8. The Thingamabob: Technology as a Literacy, Not a Tool

Katie Rybakova

C8. STEAM Integrations at the Middle School Level

Nasya Monroe

Session D

Friday

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Session E

Friday

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Session F

Friday

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Aroostook

D1. Using Restorative Practices to Engage Learners with Content

Ben Wilson

E1. Inspired Educator, Engaged Learner: Experiential Approaches to Social Emotional Learning, Community-Building, and Academic Engagement

Jen Stanchfield

Franklin

D2. Integrating Your Community in the Classroom: Service Learning Project Models

Kristine Bisson

E2. Middle Level Experiences:  Sense of and Appreciation for Place

Jennifer Fronczak, Jill Plummer, William Cliff

F2. Teambuilding ESCAPades

Amy Tucker, Sonja Abbott

Hancock

D3. Title Not Developed

Heather Sinclair

E3. Making Connections & Thinking Outside the Box

Jessica Archer, Connor Archer

F3. Using the Anchoring Phenomenon Routine to Launch NGSS-Designed Units

Kate Cook, Rhonda Tate

Knox

E4.Computer Science in Middle School Classrooms

Angela Oechslie

F4. What Now?

Erin LaPlante, Zach Longyear, Lindsay Mahoney

Lincoln

D4. Let’s Make a Book

Ann Marie Quirion Hutton

E5. Success Stories from Maine Schools

Lindsey Carnes

F5. TeacherTube and YouTube with PhotoBooth

Mari Dufour

Washington

D5. Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark and Anchor.fm

Amy Tucker, Sonja Abbott

E6. Teaching Social Justice Standards

Todd McKinley

Somerset

D6. Team-Building and Dialogue Through Collaborative Play

Hannah Cordes

E7. Middle Level Leadership – Question and Answer Panel

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F6. Fostering Connections and Nurturing Smiles

Dyan McCarthy-Clark

Waldo

D7. Civilian Response to Active Shootings

David Bucknam, Zachary Longyear

E8. Hidden in Plain Sight

Danielle Denis, Dave Bucknam

F7. Evidence-Based Speaking and Writing: Reliable, Effective, and Ethical

Morgan Dunton

Sagadahoc

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F8. Not Developed

Kaitlin Young