IMLEA 2018 Conference Session Descriptions

Indianapolis Marriott North, September 16-17


Evaluation form and PGP request

Sunday, September 16

4-5 pm Registration and Exhibits Open

5 pm  Keynote, Ben Glenn, “The Chalk Guy”

Monday, September 17

6:30-7:30 am Registration and Exhibits Open, Continental Breakfast Buffet

Session I (7:30-9:00)

Whitcomb Ballrooms (Brady, Dawson, Clark)

Welcome from Dr. Ken Folks, IDOE Chief Academic Officer

Janie Ulmer, Director of Alternative Education, Hamilton Southeastern Schools “Trauma-Informed Teaching”

Session II (9:10-10:00)

Whitcomb Rounds


Exploring the 6-8 Computer Science Standards

Jacob Koressel - Computer Science Specialist, DOE

Beau Scott- Elementary Math and Science Specialist, DOE

Explore Indiana’s K-8 Computer Science standards and learn about resources provided by the Indiana Department of Education. Leave with lesson ideas, implementation strategies, and the confidence to bring CS education to your students!

DOE Computer Science Pages


Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Christy Berger -Assistant Director of Social Emotional and Behavioral Wellness, DOE

Angel Hunt - Federal Grants Specialist, DOE

IDOE staff will present on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Framework. School staff will learn why IDOE has designated MTSS as the primary framework for teaching and learning. MTSS framework is designed to support the whole child; including academics, behavioral and social emotional learning. Nationally there has been increased attention around mental health and social emotional learning this session will share how MTSS can support these needs. Please bring a copy of your school schedule with you.

MTSS IMLEA Presentation   MTSS Resources from DOE


Educating Students for a Sustainable World

Jodi Bondy - Workshop Facilitator, Population Connection  

Turn today's global challenges into thought-provoking lesson plans that build students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Engage students in hands-on activities that explore world population growth, natural resource use, climate change and social justice. Presented activities address content standards in life science, mathematics and geography for integrated instruction. Demonstrated techniques include, role-playing simulations and concept-mapping.  Receive lesson plans in an electronic format.

Website recommended by Jodi Bondy

Marion Classrooms


Inclusive Community without a Town

Dr. Matt Maple - Principal, Sunman-Dearborn MS, St. Leon

S-DMS has implemented the Trojan Careers Program which encompasses career interest inventories, learning style assessments, business and industry site visits, student presentations, student resumes, and college visits.  Learn how this all-encompassing careers program has brought the school and community together.  

Miller Come for the Games, Stay for the Amazing and FREE Curriculum!

Molly Joll, Sara Alberson - Teachers, Thomas Jefferson MS, Valparaiso

Want to learn how to "Win the White House"? Students can become president in one class period by playing the iCivics game "Win the White House." is the largest provider of civics curriculum in the nation, and it is FREE! iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in civic life.  Who doesn't want a fun, engaging way to help students navigate how our country works? Through stand alone-games to curriculum units that include structured lessons and WebQuests, participants will leave ready to use the lessons in with their students immediately. Have a device with you, ready to play and learn!

Presentation    Amendment Guide


Reading and Writing: The Meat and Potatoes of a Highly-Achieving ELA Curriculum

Carrie Rosebrock - Secondary English Administrator, Brownsburg

Taryn Small - Teacher, Brownsburg East MS

Teachers often feel a certain pressure to cover all of their standards every year. We stress about what will be on "the test" and worry that if we leave something out, it will backfire. What if I told you the smarter, more effective strategy is to actually not cover it all? What if it's smarter to teach less? In our session, we will take you through the systematic way to determine exactly which E/LA standards you should teach--and which you should not. With a heavy focus on only the critical reading and writing standards, your students can flourish in your classrooms (and on state assessments, too).  There will be a related presentation this afternoon during Session IV, but you do not have to attend both to benefit.



Managing Challenging Student Behavior without Losing Your Mind

Margaret Rideout and Leslie Rideout-Huffer - Teachers, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fishers

The reason many educators leave teaching is due to ongoing challenging behaviors of students. This mother/daughter duo has a combined 25 years of teaching experience working with students who disrupt classrooms through their challenging behavior.



Session III (10:05-10:55)

Whitcomb Rounds

Brady: No session


Lecture Busters: Engaging Ways to Break up Your Lecture and Get Students Thinking

Katie Powell - 6th Grade Teacher, Southmont Junior High, Crawfordsville

Given that even adults can pay attention to a lecture just 12 minutes at a time, it's no surprise our students "zone out" sometimes. Lecture Busters are engaging, challenging, thought-provoking activities we can use to break up our lectures, get students thinking about what we have taught, and to provide useful feedback to guide our teaching. These Lecture Busters are easy to have on hand to use spur-of-the-moment or as a planned part of our teaching routine. Bust the lecture routine and get students engaged!

Katie Powell’s Website


You’re Reading What?! The Value and Power of Student Choice in the ELA Classroom

Emily Wleklinski, Blake Mellencamp - Teachers, Zionsville Middle School

Have you been wanting to provide more student choice in your middle-grade ELA classroom, but haven’t been sure where to start? Hear from educators who have seen incredible student results by incorporating the reading workshop model in their middle school classrooms. Learn practical strategies for using student-selected books in your classroom to analyze and explore story elements, help students develop connections between themselves and their reading, and meaningfully assess understanding of fiction and nonfiction. Learn ways that allow your students to develop their power of choice and their voice, and turn your hesitant students into life-long readers, writers, and thinkers.

Presentation Handout

Marion Classrooms


Learning Outside the Box

Ryan Welch - Asst. Principal, Riverside Intermediate, Plymouth, IN

Zane Cooper, Laurie Wandland, Megan Walleske, Teachers

Learning Outside the Box provides an insight into Riverside Intermediate School's implementation of service learning. Riverside has ongoing opportunities for all students to lead and take part in learning that directly impacts members of the community. Whether it is through raising money for local foundations, assisting in times of struggle, or utilizing empathy, Riverside students strive to give back, while continuing to learn outside of their classrooms.

Riverside Intermediate Presentation  Learning Outside the Box


Social Equity: Ability Day at Northridge Middle School

Rachel Vallance - Principal, Northridge Middle School, MIddlebury

Amy Fought - Teacher

Participants will learn how to design and implement a day with the goal of fostering relationships between disabled and non-disabled students in their school. Ideas of who to include in the program, activities for students to participate in, funding sources as well as an example of the structure and schedule will be included.

PowerPoint Presentation


Integrating Career Coaching and Navigation Using Indiana Career Explorer

Ben Carter - Director of Workforce and Innovation

Have you read the legislation from Senate Enrolled Act 297 requiring use of Indiana Career Explorer or an alternative system in 8th grade, in all schools, beginning next school year? Do you want to know how to best integrate career coaching into your school system? This session will explain the requirements of SEA 297 and will walk participants through Indiana Career Explorer, an online career navigation system provided by the Department of Workforce Development.

Indiana Career Explorer Resources


Utilizing NWEA Data to Create Countdown Calendars for iLearn

Eric Grim - Principal, Muncie Northside MS

Lori Church, Anna Spencer, Instructional Coaches

Participants will utilize a graphic organizer created to analyze NWEA data reports and identify challenges and successes in classrooms.  Participants will review IDOE iLearn guidance materials, best practices for review, and data analysis. Audience members will determine a district/school specific strategic plan tailored for iLearn. They will leave with a plan, as well as new tricks and tips for tackling constructed response and multiple choice questions that will lead to student success. The intended audience for this workshop is district leaders, administrators, instructional coaches, and K-12 teachers.

Folder of Resources Shared with Participants


10:55-11:15 Visit Exhibitors

Lunch in Whitcomb Ballrooms (Brady, Dawson, Clark)

Ericka Uskali, Executive Director of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, Champaign, IL

Recognition of Schools Who Have Achieved Champions Together- in the Middle Status

Raffle prizes!

12:15-12:30 Visit Exhibitors


Session IV (12:30-1:20) DELAYED

Whitcomb Rounds


Taking Action! Getting the Most Out of My Math Instruction

Dr. Jennifer Jensen - Assistant Director of Math Instruction, DOE

Beau Scott - Elementary Math Specialist

Using NCTM's Principles to Actions and the new companion guide Taking Action, participants will explore the 8 Mathematics Teaching Practices. Participants will walk away with practical strategies they can implement immediately that are proven to increase mathematics learning.

IMLEA Math Resource Folder


A Trauma-Informed School? Where Do I Even Begin?

Janie Ulmer, Director of Alternative Education, Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Lately, it seems that conferences, educational publications, and even TV news programs have been talking about Trauma-Informed Schools. This topic resonates with educators because we see dysregulated students in our classrooms each and every day and traditional methods just don’t work. Our district started on a journey to become trauma informed just over a year ago and we have come so far in such a short amount of time. In this session, I will share our experiences and encourage participants to begin their own journey.

Two recommended resources: Help for Billy by Heather Forbes and The Trauma-Informed School by Jim Sporleder


Worksheet Busters: Easy, Low Prep Activities You Can Use Again and Again for Any Content

Katie Powell, 6th Grade Teacher, Southmont Junior High, Crawfordsville

Learn to turn ordinary worksheets into active, collaborative, memorable learning experiences that can be used over and over again for virtually any content with little to no preparation. Imagine the response when you dump 30 colorful balls in the middle of your room, tell students to turn their worksheets into paper airplanes, or unfurl a giant board game across your floor. Curious? They will be too. And they'll want to come back for more tomorrow.

Katie Powell’s Website

Marion Classrooms


Service-Learning and Links to Curriculum

Beth Smith-Education Consultant

Joan Belschwender-State Director, generationOn Indiana

Service-learning makes a difference! Utilizing our free resources from generationOn and Learning to Give, educators can assist students with service-learning that makes a difference by creating ethical leaders for tomorrow with a heart for others. Participants will become familiar with website resources, and understand the critical academic, social-emotional, and employability skills that are inherent in service-learning and philanthropy.

IMLEA 2018 genOn Indiana Presentation


How to Wow Them with Science! Easy Data Collection for Science (and Math Too)

Shannon Hudson - 6th and 7th Grade Science Teacher, Crawfordsville MS

Can't find time to teach science?  Don't want your kids trashing your classroom if you teach science all day long?  Come to this presentation to get some quick hits which should make your life easier!  Lesson plans and resources provided.  

Easy Data Collection for Science and Math


Close Reading that Works in All Classrooms (and Subjects!)

Carrie Rosebrock-Secondary English Administrator, Brownsburg

Taryn Small-Teacher, Brownsburg East MS

In elementary school, students are learning to read. In the middle years, students are reading to learn. Still, comprehension and analysis skills are difficult to develop, and as text complexity increases, students often do not have the natural reading skills to find meaning on their own. In our session, we will show you a highly effective method of Close Reading--what it is, isn't, and how to do it like an expert. Our methods have yielded tremendous results with our students--grades 5-12--over the past two years, and we are excited to share this simple, highly engaging approach to reading challenging texts.

Note: This session is a continuation of a morning’s presentation, but it is not necessary that you attended that one to benefit from this one.



Indiana’s New Comprehensive Needs Assessment/School Improvement Plan Tool

Erin Stalbaum -  Senior School Improvement Specialist, DOE

Melissa Blossom -  Assistant Director of School Improvement, DOE

The Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and School Improvement Plan (SIP) template is designed to fulfill all ESSA requirements for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools. All CSI and TSI schools identified in the fall of 2018 will be required to complete both a CNA and SIP that fulfills all ESSA and Indiana Code requirements; however, all schools are free to utilize the template. Learn how to utilize the many tools in the Resource Hub for both CNA and SIP, including a Moodle Course.

IMLEA CNA_SIP Presentation   CNA_SIP One Pager


Session V (1:50-2:35)

Whitcomb Rounds


Equity in the School and Classroom

Madeline Mason - Teacher Leader, IPS Center for Inquiry School 84

The root of educational inequity is systemic racism, and we all have a role to play in ensuring equity for all children. This session will explore this topic through the lens of history, bias, privilege, and action. You can expect to leave this session with a better understanding (or even build upon current understandings that you already possess) of what your role might be in ending systemic racism and inequity. In equity work, a common pitfall is to place the heavy lifting on the communities most impacted by systemic racism. This session will deal mostly with the role of privileged and resourced schools and communities in this work. Be prepared to dig deeply into your own experience with race and privilege in order to make sense of the bigger picture and begin identifying where and how you can make a difference in this work.


All Hands on Deck

Nathan Boyd - Director of African American Student and Parent Services, South Bend Community Schools

Seth Molnar - Director of Alternative Education and Special Projects, Penn Harris Madison Schools

Being an instructional leader in today's public school system means that you are helping our children learn to break through what would be a considerable amount of  barriers that complicate student learning.  Response To Intervention (RTI) strategies teaches school leaders that every child can learn when there is focused attention on the individual needs of every learner. This twist on data-centered approach has created an All Hands on Deck culture for one particular middle school.


Is It Possible to Do Service Learning for a Large Group of Students? What about an Entire Grade? What about for an Entire School?”

Michelle Shultz, Stacey Hartley, Teachers, Lebanon MS

Yes, it is possible!  We are here to share our journey of facilitating service learning on a big scale.  If you would like to know the secret to our success, come and hear how to facilitate a program like this into your classroom on a large scale and how to offer voice and choice to your students to engage and excite them about their opportunity.

Marion Classrooms


How to Become a School to Watch

Shirley Wright - Schools to Watch State Director

Ryan Nickoli - Principal. Tri-West Middle School, Lizton

Doyle Dunshee - Principal, Lebanon Middle School

Destiny Rutzel - Principal, South Ripley Junior High

Oscar Haughs - Principal, Rochester MS

This will be a panel discussion that includes current IN "Schools to Watch" administrators who will discuss their views about becoming a School to Watch; the changes it has brought about to the culture of their school and how the community becomes more a part of the school. They will also explain how to implement the required criteria into their schedule and how their staff worked together to truly engage their students give more "voice and choice" to them.


IMLEA/Special Olympics Partnership: Champions Together-- in the Middle

Mike Hasch-Director of Programs, Indiana Special Olympics

Julie Burkholder-Regional Manager, NE

Abbie Ivaldi-Manager of Health and Fitness

IMLEA and Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) have entered a partnership focusing on social inclusion of students with and without disabilities called Champions Together—In the Middle. This program is endorsed by the USDOE and is based on current SOIN partnerships with the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education. This initiative focuses on providing students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain inclusive school communities where all students are agents of change. Students learn leadership skills through cooperative learning by creating activities and opportunities that foster a socially inclusive school climate. Successful completion of the program requirements will lead a school to earning a “Unified Champion School” banner. Champions Together—In the Middle was piloted in middle level schools during the 2017-18 school year and is available to all IMLEA schools in 2018-19.

Champions Together Website


Taking the Fight out of Argumentative Writing

Jessica Moman-Language Arts Teacher, River Valley Middle School, Jeffersonville

Argumentative writing is all around and it will be the form of writing our students will use the most. We have to get them to master this genre NOW!  In this session, you will learn how to create an engaging argumentative writing plan that can be used in any content area.  All participants will receive a FREE plan that can be used in their classrooms immediately.


Restorative Approaches to Positive Behavior

Amber Schroering - Assistant Principal, Brownsburg East Middle School

Do you wish your students would more consistently make the right decisions and when they do mess up, would more readily take responsibility for their actions, recognize the harm caused, and work toward repairing the damage caused by their actions? If so, be sure to come to this session. Schools that effectively utilized restorative and positive approaches to their school-wide discipline system are more readily able to provide a safe and respectful learning environment, maximize instructional time to increase student learning, and guide and support expected behaviors for varying situations. As less time is spent dealing with misbehavior, teachers will gain instructional time. As instructional time increases, student achievement increases. In this way, these powerful disciplinary practices will move your school toward greater realization of school improvement goals.

Link to Presentation and All Resources


Session VI (2:45-3:30)

Whitcomb Rounds


Response to Behavior (RtB)

Bobby Thompson - Principal Triton Central MS, Fairland

Amber Maurice - Guidance Counselor

This session will deliver real strategies for modifying students behavior that includes all stakeholders. We will provide attendees with a process that is positive in nature and makes a major impact on student behavior.


Recorded Histories-Student Voice, Student Choice

Shawn Humphrey- Media Specialist, Riverside Junior High, Fishers

We had students create a recording about themselves to preserve a piece of their history.  The focus of the story was to share how even the smallest things in our lives shape who we are.  Students were allowed to tell any story they wanted in video form.  These videos were then uploaded to Flipgrid so other students (and staff) could view them.  Since this project was run through the Media Center, every student in school had the assignment.  

Transferable skills that were touched on in this project include: improving student story telling techniques and practicing critical thinking skills in the editing process of both their story and the video they created.  Our entire school was able to learn from and about each other in the process.  Learn the steps taken on this journey and the success (and failure) stories.  


PBL Stories and Structures: Wins, Fails, and Where to Start

Ryan Steurer-Executive Director, Magnify Learning

Project Based Learning is in your world somewhere. Come get boots-on-the-ground classroom stories and the structures needed to support PBL. Nothing in the classroom is perfect, so you'll get wins and the fails while you learn the structure.

Marion Classrooms


Student Entrepreneurship,

Kale Blickenstaff - Assistant Principal, Mill Creek Community Schools, Clayton

Amy Brower - Teacher

Cascade Middle School used a grant from the American Dairy Association and NFL Fuel Up To Play 60 to start a healthy smoothie bar for students called the Cascade Cafe. The cafe is student run and serves smoothies (along with other healthy snacks) to students in the morning before school and during lunch shifts. Students are assigned workplace roles and complete the assigned tasks as if they are in a place of business.  Students receive an authentic learning experience and are able to fully implement business, economic, marketing, and mathematical concepts into the daily activities.

Student Entrepreneurship at Cascade Middle School


Middle School Leadership is Unique

Pam Millikan, Past National President, AMLE; Former Board Member, IMLEA

Attend this session to learn what makes leadership in the middle school unique and effective.  You will leave the session with practical ideas to create effective leadership in your middle school so students will excel and thrive.  This session focuses on the distinctive qualities of middle school leadership, and it presents ideas to help your educators develop outstanding classroom techniques focused on the needs of the middle school student.  You will also learn from other educators as we share and exchange ideas.  Don’t miss the opportunity to help your middle school students and educators flourish!


Encouraging Reading through First Chapters

Carrie Carter - 7th Grade ELA Teacher, Scottsburg MS

How do you encourage students to read who won't read? I have found exposure to different books through short read aloud sessions has had the biggest influence on encouraging my reluctant readers.  It sounds so simple, but it has had a profound effect on my students' excitement to read. On Fridays, my students rush to the often does that happen!?! I will share the process, the titles with which I have had great success, and the newsletters I create to follow-up.

First Chapter Friday Presentation


Tastes Great, Less Filling: How to Have the Best of Both Worlds in the Classroom

Marsailles Dortch - Behavioral Interventionist, College Connection Coach, National Associate Trainer, Warrick County Schools

Imagine a classroom where students respond to your request the first time. Where the non-compliant student learns to self-correct inappropriate behavior. Wouldn't it be great if you could stop spending so much time on correcting low-level behaviors and more time doing what you love teaching? The solution is simple, and it's not one that involves trendy gimmicks. It simply involves clear communication and expectations. Eliminate the repeated warnings and requests. The techniques provided will increase the time you spend on academics while at the same time empowering your students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Learn the secret to creating a smooth operating classroom where the teacher teaches and the students learn.

Updated 10-1-18

Evaluation form and PGP request