39th 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 9 & 10, 2020

Rhode Island Convention Center

Providence, RI

Monday, March 9, 2020

General Session Keynote - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning

A.J. Juliani


Kids begin their learning journey as curious problem solvers who ask questions and create solutions. As they go through school, something happens to many of our students, and they begin to play the game of school, eager to be compliant and follow a path instead of making their own.  As teachers, leaders, and parents, we have the opportunity to be the guide in our kids' education and unleash the creative potential of each and every student. In a world that is ever changing, our job is not to prepare students for something; instead, our role is to help students prepare themselves for anything.

Luncheon Keynote - 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 pm

**New this Year** this session is free of charge but seating is LIMITED

Education: Living it, Loving it, and Laughing about it

Jack Berckemeyer


Looking to put a spark back into your teaching? Are you curious about what really makes your students tick? Looking for ways to connect with your students? This laugh out loud keynote provides ideas and strategies in the areas of connecting with your students, being an adult advocate for kids, and new strategies in classroom management. Jack will empower you with realistic solutions, which are good for kids, schools and school districts. A true crowd pleaser for any type of educator.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

General Session Keynote - 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Optimism and Opportunity

Jack Berckemeyer


Inspiring, humorous and applicable to all in attendance. Choosing optimism—even in the face of tough challenges—helps restore the healthy interactions and positive relationships necessary for enacting real school change. Hear how teachers and school leaders can rekindle their individual and collective enthusiasm for a profession that has been progressively inundated with negativity. Be prepared to learn, to laugh, and to leave with a renewed sense of purpose. Join these teachers for a fact-based, positive approach to “taking back our profession.” Research-based strategies, practical examples, and thought-provoking scenarios will be included.

Luncheon Keynote - 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 pm

**New this Year** this session is free of charge but seating is LIMITED

Choose Love: A Mother's Story from Tragedy to Triumph

Scarlett Lewis


Social and Emotional Learning is an essential part of the educational experience. Hear a touching story of how SEL could have prevented one of the worst mass murders in US history and how a victim’s mother decided to become part of the solution to the issues we’re facing in schools and society today. Based on a message her young son left on their kitchen chalkboard, “Nurturing Healing Love”, Scarlett began a worldwide movement to teach children how to choose love in every situation or circumstance. You will learn the empowering formula that can lead educators and students to choose love in every situation.

New England League of Middle Schools
PO Box 887
Georgetown, MA 01833


(877) 402-7627

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