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Thanks to all who attended this year's Summer Institute!

Learn from the Best to Become the Best

July 28 & 29, 2014
North Conway Grand Hotel, North Conway, NH

Spotlight School Educators will lead the four sessions over two days. Session topics are:

• Advisory
• Transitions
• Technology
• Culture & Climate

12 Continuing Education hours will be provided. Graduate credit is available.

Session Descriptions

Positive School Climate & Culture = Student Success

Just what is a positive school climate & culture? Does it REALLY help our students learn more and be more engaged in their learning? How can you tell if your school has a positive climate/culture… or a negative one? What can we do to change a negative climate/culture?

Lots of questions that we will examine.  We will look for answers to during this interactive and personalized session. Research, assessments, activities, resources - all will be available to help you help your school and students move in a positive direction!

Click here to download Personality Compass information

Click here to download the Personality Compass

Click here to download Stress Busters

Click here to download School Climate handout

Workshop presenters:

Christina deGroff, Guidance Counselor, Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro, ME

Strategies to Help Students Transition to Middle School

Will there be more homework? What if I can't find the bathroom? What if I get lost? These are only some of the questions soon-to-be middle school students are thinking about in the months leading up to the start of middle school. Come help your students form realistic expectations of what middle school will be like and engage in building a positive systematic transition program that addresses the needs of all students and stakeholders.

Workshop presenters:
Dr. Andrew Anderson, Principal, Barrington Middle School, Barrington, R.I.
Wendy Parente, Assistant Principal, Barrington Middle School, Barrington, R.I.

Click here to download 5th Grade Parent Orientation April 2014 1

Click here to download 7th Grade Cluster Letters Aqua

Click here to download 7th Grade Cluster Selection Letter to Parents 2013-2014

Click here to download Ambassador Program write up

Click here to download Aqua August 2013 Grade 7 Summer

Click here to download Grade 5 Transition Assembly

Click here to download Poster Keys to Designing Successful Transition Prog

Click here to download Transition Workshop 2014

Creating Collaborative Communities: 
Connecting Students Through Guidance Supports and Awesome Advisory Activities

Come experience our multi-age advisory.  Our dynamic program fosters collaboration and builds community, through teambuilding and Quaglia "Aspiration" theme based activities.  We create a community of caring, engaged students and supportive staff.  Our guidance program is an integral component in sustaining positive climate and culture changes using "Dream Mapping," to set individual short and long term goals.  Our counselors offer Professional Development to ensure each student is connected. Come see the resources we use to connect to each student.

Workshop presenters:
Ginny Hahn, Emily Hayden, Kelly Wass 
Ginny teaches 7th grade science and math.  Emily is SMS and SHS counselor.  Kelly teaches 7th grade  Eng/LA and SS.

Total Technology

This session will present a variety of technologies that are easy to integrate into your class.  See how technology can enhance and enliven what you are already doing.  Learn about websites such as Screencast-o-matic, SendHub, Remind 101, Knowmia, FlipSnack, Blendspace, and Poll Everywhere.  Creating video projects for your students and the flipped classroom will also be discussed.  You can incorporate a variety of technologies into your classroom regardless of how much technology your school has available. Smartphones, iPads, laptops, any other useful devices, and curricular materials are welcome so your technology experimenting can begin.

For the handout please click here.

Workshop presenter:
Elizabeth Morgan
6-12 History/Social Sciences Curriculum Coordinator
8th grade world history teacher
Littleton Middle School

NELMS Summer Institute Schedule

Monday, July 28, 2014

8:00 AM–8:30 AM  Registration & Coffee
8:30 AM–8:45 AM   General Session—Welcome/Introductions/Information
8:45 AM–10:15 AM  Institute Session #1
10:15 AM–10:30 AM  Break
10:30 AM–12:00 PM  Institute Session #1 (continued)
12:00 PM–12:45 PM  Lunch (included)
12:45 PM–2:15 PM  Institute Session #2
2:15 PM–2:30 PM  Break
2:30 PM–4:00 PM  Institute Session #2 (continued)
4:00 PM   Optional/On Own-Networking, Team Group Time, Reflection, and/or Action Planning

(Dinner on your own)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

8:00 AM–8:30 AM  General Session & Coffee
8:30 AM–10:00 AM   Institute Session #3
10:00 AM–10:15 AM  Break
10:15 AM–11:45 AM   Institute Session #3 (continued)
11:45 AM–12:30 PM  Lunch (included)
12:30 PM–2:00 PM  Institute Session #4
2:00 PM–2:15 PM  Break
2:15 PM–3:45 PM  Institute Session #4 (continued)


To register for this conference you can download a registration by clicking here.

Gradutate Syllabus

Click here for the graduate credit syllabus.

North Conway Grand Hotel Reservations

Reservations will be made on an individual call in basis by calling 800-655-1452 and identifying yourself with the NELMS Conference. Please indicate any special needs, roommate names (if sharing), and bed type preferences. Please note that requests are not guaranteed and are based on hotel availability.

Read what attendees said about the 2013 Institute:

"To summarize the conference in one word, I must say "PRACTICAL"! I walked away with a wealth of useful strategies and applications that will improve upon my middle level programming next year."

"The RTI workshop was extremely helpful and I walked away with real ideas on how to better implement at our school. This was a welcome difference from the usual workshops that spend so much time trying to define RTI or to explain why we should do it.
I also appreciate the technology ideas very much. It was also good to have time to collaborate and organize thoughts and ideas at the end."

"This conference hit all relevant topics that are currently on my radar as an educator, which is why I registered. Thank you for very informative sessions and enthusiastic presenters."

"This conference hit all relevant topics that are currently on my radar as an educator, which is why I registered. Thank you for very informative sessions and enthusiastic presenters."

"Terrific conference with great presenters and attention to detail. Thank you for providing us with great PD, a chance to network and the wonderful little goody bags!"