Thanks to all who attended the 2015 Summer NELMS

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Work as teams or individually to learn "what works" with young adolescents. Time to learn, time to think, discuss and share, time to grow new ideas, time to work as teams and time with consultants will be the hallmarks of this year's Summer NELMS Conference. Summer NELMS in-depth experience is designed for leaders, school teams, part teams and individuals to learn about effective middle level practices in the following areas:

  • Middle Level Education in the Digital Age: Student Centered Teaching and Learning With Technology
  • Response to Intervention: We Have the Plan, But How Do We Implement It?
Two strands with in-depth study sessions for each strand including time to plan and create with each other and the highly qualified members of the Summer NELMS team.

Middle Level Education in the Digital Age:
Student Centered Teaching and Learning With Technology

Presenters: Barbara Greenstone, Jill Spencer, and Chris Toy

Description: Digital integration must be thoughtful and intentional to be effective. A hands-on experience, Strand A explores successful integration models as well as a variety of powerful strategies, applications, and approaches to engage and challenge our students to think critically and creatively in all content areas.

Strand A/Session 1 – Examine models of effective digital integration: Do you know it when you
see it?

Strand A/Session 2 – Explore powerful learning with online tools that foster student voice and

Strand A/Session 3 – Unleash the power of formative assessment with cross-platform apps

Strand A/Session 4 – Access unlimited, free instructional ideas with Open Education Resources
(OER) for middle level curriculum

Response to Intervention:
We Have the Plan, But How Do We Implement It?

Presenters: Esther Asbell, Mark Branco, Dana Hilliard

Description: This professional development opportunity will address how school leadership teams of staff and administrators work to implement a response to instruction framework with fidelity.  Oftentimes teams work very hard to develop a timeline of implementation and then only pieces of the plan come to reality. A tiered system of instruction and discipline can address competency based learning and decrease office referrals when it is the culture of the school.    Bring your team to gain a better understanding of why implementation can be difficult and how to move through the challenges we all face when making change!

Strand B/Session 1 – We Have a Great Plan – How Come It's Not Working?!
Understanding and Implementing Complex Change

Strand B/Session 2 – The Essential Components of a Response to Instruction Framework

The last two sessions will focus on the "nuts and bolts" implementation struggles of an RtI framework. All three presenters have implemented RtI frameworks within schools and each has used a variety of strategies toward full implementation. As we review together with your team to goal is to take each component of implementations and work to solve your challenges. A great opportunity to set up your school's action plan for the upcoming year with colleagues who have lived to tell the story!

Strand B/Session 3 – It's All About the Little Things. The "Nuts and Bolts" of Implementation (part 1)

Strand B/Session 4 – It's All About the Little Things. The "Nuts and Bolts" of Implementation (part 2)


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Thursday, July 9, 2015
8:15   Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00   Opening General Session
10:15 Break
10:30 Strand Session #1
12:00 Lunch
1:00   Strand Session #2
2:30   Plan and Create Time
4:00   Conclude for the Day
Friday, July 10, 2015
8:00   Continental Breakfast
8:30   Strand Session #3
10:00 Break
10:15 Strand Session #4
11:45 Lunch
1:00   Plan and Create
2:00   Concluding Session
3:00   Conclude for the Day

Plan and Create Time

An Important part of Summer NELMS

Time is built into the Summer NELMS schedule to provide attendees with time to process, plan, discuss, and define how you will put into action the ideas and strategies introduced in each of the four sessions. NELMS presenters will be available to meet with you and/or your team during these scheduled times to focus on your specific needs as you begin to design your implementation plan. This opportunity to work with middle level educators has been greatly appreciated by past attendees and is a hallmark of Summer NELMS.

A Brief Bio of the Summer NELMS Team
Strand A

picture of barbara greenstone Barbara Greenstone
Technology Leader, K-12 Technology Integrator for Boothbay Region Schools, Maine

Barbara began teaching with technology in 1988 when her students taught her how to use an Apple IIe. For the last 15 years she has worked as a technology integrator, including 10 years as a Statewide Integration Mentor for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. She is currently a Technology Integrator for the Boothbay Region schools in Boothbay Harbor where she helps teachers and students use iPads and laptops for teaching and learning

picture of jill spencerJill Spencer
A former middle school teacher, I now consult and write in areas of curriculum, instruction, technology integration, leadership teams, literacy, and middle level organization and practices. I also enjoy teaching adult education classes where we explore the power of technology in our personal lives and small businesses. My newest adventure is collaborating with Ed Brazee and Chris Toy at BoomerTECH Adventures, learning for creative adults. Jill was honored in 2014 with the James P. Garvin Distinguished Service award from NELMS

picture of chris toyChris Toy
Chris has 30+ years of experience as a teacher, principal, university instructor, consultant, presenter, and writer. An international presenter, he has collaborated with EARCOS in Asia, NMSA & NELMS in the US and Canada, and MAMLE in Maine DOE. Chris is a certified Apple Professional Development Consultant in both North America and Asia. He has his articles published by NASSP, NAESP, NMSA, Meridian Journal and Middle Web. Chris's interactive presentation style reflects his belief that teachers and leaders must model what they expect from students, colleagues and faculties. Chris was honored in 2014 with the James P. Garvin Distinguished Service award from NELMS.

Strand B

picture of esther asbellEsther Asbell-Assistant Superintendent, NELMS Board Chair
Esther was selected as the recipient of the New Hampshire School Administrators' Association's 2014 Outstanding Service Award. She began her educational career in 1987 as the co-director of Live and Learn Educational Center in Lee, NH. In 2010 after serving in the capacity of guidance counselor, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent in various districts in Maine and New Hampshire, Esther moved to her current position as assistant superintendent for the Exeter Region School District.

mark brancoDr. Mark Branco – Principal, Littleton Middle School, NELMS Board Member
Mark has been a middle school educator for over 20 years. He spent eleven wonderful years as a middle school music teacher and band director. He served as a middle school Assistant Principal for five years and is currently in his fifth year as Principal of Littleton Middle School in Littleton, Massachusetts. Mark's professional areas of interest include: professional development, meeting the needs of all students, and change leadership.


picture of dana hilliard
Dana Hilliard – Principal, Somersworth Middle School, NELMS Board Member
Currently in his fifteenth year of education, he served as a para professional for two years at Somersworth Middle School before becoming part of the Social Studies Department at Somersworth High School where he taught for 6 years before entering into administration serving as Assistant Principal for three years. Dana is currently in his fourth year as Principal of Somersworth Middle School. For his 21st century approaches in educational leadership, he was named the 2013 A+ Administrator by the New England League of Middle Schools. He is the recipient of the New England Education Opportunity Association- NEOA Achiever Award (2009) and the Council for Opportunity in Education National TRIO Achievers Award (2014).

Overnight Accommodations

A small block of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel for the convenience of Summer NELMS attendees. The discounted rate is $199 plus tax for single, double, triple or quad. To reserve your overnight accommodations at this special rate, you must contact the hotel directly at (603) 431-2300 by June 15, 2015. Identify yourself as an attendee of the New England League of Middle Schools conference. After June 15, 2015, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. Cancellation of reserved hotel accommodations will be the responsibility of the attendee. Other facilities are available in the area.