Annual Middle Level

Conference & Exhibits

New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

March 10, 11, & 12, 2021



Wednesday, March 10, 2021

General Session Keynote - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What is Different for Kids Today?  Everything!!

Jen Cort


Kids today have different experiences and understanding than most adults. In this session, we will examine changes in the earlier onset of puberty, the impact of athletics on identity, and how conversations around equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice are completely different for our middle schoolers than were for most of us.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

General Session Keynote - 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Deep Kindness

Houston Kraft


We all know Kindness is a great thing — and something the world needs more than ever. In this paradigm-shifting talk, Houston will help us understand the gap between what we know is important and what we are currently practice with a series of stories and questions that help us ask, “What gets in the way of a more Kind world?” If you are looking for practical ways to infuse SEL, character, and compassion into your virtual (or in-person) school, this talk will leave you equipped and inspired.