-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.
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Massachusetts Conflict Avoided
You may be able to attend the Annual Conference after all
DESE has given school districts the option of moving MCAS testing. Check with your district. If there is no conflict click here to register for the Annual Conference.
Because of the resultant problems caused by the overwhelming amount of snow the region has received early registration rates for the NELMS Annual Conference have been extended until 3/12/15.
Annual Conference Program Book and Grad Credit Syllabus Online
The AC program book is off to the printer but you don't have to wait to look up all the great sessions being offered. If you are a graduate student going to the conference the grad credit syllabus is ready to dowload. Click here for your copy of the program book and/or the syllabus.
The Annual Conference is almost here
Have you registered?
Check out the list of sessions, descriptions, & strands
March 23 & 24, 2015
RI Convention Center
Want to see a list of sessions and descriptions before you register? Click here for a pdf of sessions, descriptions, and related strands.
Thinking of coming to the conference and wondering who will be the keynotes?
Kim Campbell and Rick Wormeli will give the keynotes and speak at the ticketed luncheons.
Click here to see a YouTube video of Kim Campbell in action: Motivating the Middle!
Click here to see a YouTube video of Rick Wormeli on Standards Based Grading and Assessment.
Remember early registration only sgoes until March 5 so register soon to reserve your place.
For more information please click here.
Hope to see you there.
Coming to the Annual Conference?
Book your room now!
The Omni Hotel has a limited block of rooms reserved for Annual Conference attendees. Our block of rooms won't last much longer so reserve your's today.
Click here to make a reservation.
Scholar Leader Awards 2015
This program is intended to give public recognition to two students from each middle level school in your state who have distinguished themselves in terms of outstanding scholarship and leadership. The selection of these two students, who are being recognized as representatives of all young adolescents who might qualify, will be the responsibility of each school, in accordance with the Selection Criteria accompanying this announcement.
The students selected, along with their guests, will be invited to attend the statewide Awards Banquet. The Governor, the Commissioner of Education, and other dignitaries will be invited. Each student will receive a plaque with his or her name on it signifying the honor. A photograph of the Scholar Leader receiving the award will also be given to each of the students.
Click here for more information about this very popular program.
NELMS Middle Level Scheduling Workshops
Challenged by your schedule?
Looking for ways to create a schedule that "works" for your particular school?
Then NELMS Scheduling Workshops are designed for you!
Attend this workshop to:
gain information about components of a middle school schedule
look at a variety of schedule types
think about the pluses and minuses of your current schedule
take time to identify your school's non-negotiables
share challenges and solutions with colleagues
begin the work of revitalizing your schedule
April 9, 2015–East Lyme Middle School, Niantic, CT
For more information about these workshops and/or to register please click here.
NELMS Branded Clothing
For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.
From our sponsors & partners
VAMLE Annual Conference coming up
VAMLE Annual Conference is on March 10. If you would like more information please click here.
Join your colleagues at this complimentary forum on K12 Assessment at the classroom level.
The Many Forms of Formative Assessment
This forum's presenter, Dr. Gene Kerns, observes that, while our nation focuses on standardized testing, there is growing concern about the absence of formative assessment at the classroom level. According to Dr. Rick Stiggins, founder of Assessment Training Institute, "Because the standardized testing light has been shining so brilliantly in our eyes, we haven't seen past it to another application of assessment in schools that promises even greater impact on student learning. This is the classroom level of assessment. We have neglected to put into place day-to-day classroom assessment practices that set both teachers and students up for success, and that's a crisis."
For more information please click here for a pdf.
34th Annual Conference
March 23 & 24, 2015
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