Summer Workshop Series

July - August 2020

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. 

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the workshops will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Meals are NOT including in the registration fee. Bring your own lunch as presenters will be working thru lunch. 

Pricing Information

Single Workshop Registration

Member: $99 per attendee

Non-Member: $179 per attendee

Three Workshop Sessions Registration

Member: $249

Non-Member: $537

Six Workshop Sessions Registrations

Member: $419

Non-Member: $1,074

  • All sessions will require 10 attendees to run

  • Can choose any combination of sessions

  • School can send different attendees to any of these sessions

  • School can send one attendee to multiple sessions

  • Each sessions marked with "*" includes a book, an additional $25 fee per attendee will be required for these sessions.

A. Engaged Learner/Inspired Educator*

Presenter: Jennifer Stanchfield (Author & Educator)

This interactive workshop is designed to fill your toolbox with experiential brain-based techniques to inspire, motivate, and connect. Explore dynamic strategies to build a positive, supportive, and productive classroom and school community, enliven instruction, and enhance ownership and buy-in. Engage learners, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in academics while practicing essential social and emotional skills. Get students moving, talking, and reflecting to create lasting meaningful lessons. 

July 31, 2020 - Lowell Five Cent Saving Bank, Tewksbury, MA

B. Where Identities Intersect

Presenter: Bill Ivey (Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, MA)

We know students who feel seen and understood also feel safe and connected in their classrooms, and better able to learn. Participants will explore different aspects of identity, reflecting together and individually on themselves and their students. 

August 11, 2020 - Westfield Middle School, Westfield, MA

C. New to the Middle*

Presenters: Robert Griffin (Auburn Middle School, Auburn, ME), Dr. Dave Brown (co-author "What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know") and Jeff Rodman (NELMS Executive Director)

Young adolescents (students aged 10 - 15) experience unparalleled physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and identity developmental processes which makes teaching in middle schools incredibly challenging. It takes uniquely talented, patient, and caring individuals to work in middle level schools. Whether you are new to the middle or would like a refresher course on new findings about adolescent growth, this workshop will offer educators an overview of the mind of the adolescent, what works and doesn’t work in the classroom, as well as insights on how to provide the intellectual, academic, social, emotional, identity development, and behavioral growth and support that your students need. 

August 12, 2020 - Peoples Choice Bank, Saco, ME

D. New Findings on Adolescent Development: Implications for High School and Middle School Teachers and Administrators*

Presenter: Dr. Dave Brown (co-author "What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know")

Learn of new findings on adolescents’ socioemotional, cognitive, and identity development growth. Discuss strategies for helping students move into advanced thinking, effects of social media and gaming on students, and reasons that they are stressed. Attendees will discuss which school practices and policies can promote greater student engagement and growth.  

August 18, 2020 - Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Tewksbury, MA

E. This We Believe...Checking Our Commitment, Aligning Our Beliefs

Presenters: Erin Scholes (Mabel B. Avery Middle School, Somers, CT) Robert Griffin (Auburn Middle School, Auburn, ME) and Jeff Rodman (NELMS Executive Director)

Middle School is a concept and “This We Believe” lays the foundation for what we need to be committed as middle level educators. We will look at the essential attributes and characteristics of “This We Believe” and determine at what level they’re being implemented in our building, what strategies can use to improve and/or sustain what we’re doing, and provide support to develop professional learning strategies for the upcoming school year. 

August 20, 2020 - Westfield Middle School, Westfield, MA

F. Building a Restorative Learning Climate

Presenter: George Conant (Restorative School Culture Consultant) 

This workshop will present information and tools designed to support you in establishing a Restorative School Climate and Classroom procedures.  This approach is all about strengthening relationships, student to student and teacher to student.  Restorative classrooms are designed to give everyone more voice and choice in exchange for taking responsibility for behaviors and learning.  Making the change from a punitive to a restorative climate is a significant undertaking and can be challenging.  Restorative Circles will be described and demonstrated during this workshop.  You will leave with knowledge and skills to begin your journey into the Restorative Practices world. 

August 19, 2020 - Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Tewksbury, MA

G. Leadership 101

Presenters: Chris Pollet (Tyngsborough Middle School, Tyngsborough, MA) and Vincent Hayward (Norton Middle School, Norton, MA)

This workshop will allow new and aspiring leaders to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to reflect on their leadership behaviors. We will help participants identify appropriate leadership behaviors to allow for successful start to their journey as a leader. Participants will learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of leaders along with issues to always be aware of in leadership positions. The workshop will also allow leaders to reflect on their current disposition and how their current dispositions will either positively affect their success or how their behaviors must change in order for them to be effective educational leaders. 

August 6, 2020 - Tyngsborough High School, Tyngsborough, MA

H. Mining the Power of Advisory: Priorities & Practices for Success

Presenter: Nancy Doda, Ph.D. (Middle Level Expert/Consultant) 

Today's young adolescents need more than ever, a safe and humane place to grow. “Advisory” remains a promising path for supporting such a learning environment but creating and maintaining a successful Advisory initiative can be challenging.  Join me to explore reliable approaches for strong and sustainable Advisory initiatives.

August 5, 2020 - Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, Tewksbury, MA

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


(978) 557-9311

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