Two of Maine’s newest and brightest middle level teachers were honored this week as Promising Practioners at the 2014 NELMS Annual Conference. The criteria for the award are:
- Enjoys teaching middle level students
- Makes a positive difference in the school
- Fosters community connections
- Seeks professional development and implements innovative ideas
- Meets the needs of individual students, using effective middle level practices such as:
- Incorporating activity-based learning
- Developing a sense of student ownership in their learning
- Integrating higher order thinking
- Fostering curriculum connections
NELMS also presented two Distinguished Service Awards, also known as the James Garvin Award. Criteria for this award:
- A record of service that reflects a high level of dedication and commitment to the cause of quality education for early adolescents.
- A life that models the human qualities which, one day, we would want early adolescents to emulate.
- A record of scholarship invested in helping others to better understand the unique needs of early adolescents.
- A record of activities that clearly demonstrates a concern for those less fortunate, in need of special leadership.
- A record of leadership in organizing and directing others to excellence in middle level education.
This year’s recipients of the Distinguish Service Award are Chris Toy and Jill Spencer.