Strand E

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Middle Grade Students and Support Services

Middle level education meets the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents by implementing research-based best practices presented in This We Believe, Turning Points 2000, and researched developmental aspects of young adolescents.
Topics in this strand may include, but are not limited to:

• Brain-based methodologies
• Cultural competent staff
• Equity – closing the achievement gap
• Effective scheduling practices
• Creating physically/emotionally safe learning environments
• Creating safe and respectful school environments
• Inclusion
• Co-teaching
• Understanding the impact of poverty on learning
• Motivating the young adolescent
• PBIS or other school-wide plans
• Effective behavioral intervention programs
• Response to Intervention (RTI)
• Developmental guidance and support services


The Sessions

Building Inclusive Schools: West Springfield Middle School's Transition to Full Inclusion Classes

Presenter(s): Peter Gillen, West Springfield Middle School, West Springfield, MA

This workshop will highlight the process of transitioning from a Resource Room and Pull Out model for Special Education and English Learner students to a fully inclusive classroom setting. Participants will learn the process from start to finish and connect with ways to adapt the process within their own school. (50)

Executive Function: Every Day Applications

Presenter(s): Kathryn Ransom, Nashua School District, Nashua, NH

This session will give participants a common language to define and discuss Skills of Executive Function. Visual examples and "grab-n-go" tools will be offered as well. The main focus will be to explain why these tools work and show how to utilize this information on a daily basis. (48)

I Can Not Believe I Taught the Lesson with No Disruptions

Presenter(s): Dennis Goodwin, Mass Bay Community College, Haverhill, MA

Are you tired of the frequent bathroom requests, students being late for class, the eye rolling and bad attitude in your class by your students? Well you’re not alone. Come and learn some strategies that will help you teach without disruptions as soon as you go back to your school and classroom. (52)

Implementing a Middle School Peer Mediation Program

Presenter(s): Wes Bartosik and Lauren Bucci, Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull, CT

This presentation is designed for those who would like to learn about implementing a successful peer mediation program at the middle school level. Evidence-based research regarding why peer mediation programs are valued, as well as the logistics behind what makes a peer mediation program successful. (45)


Presenter(s): John Biase, John Ceccolini, Susan Russell

Are you drowning in the alphabet soup of RTI/SRBI and PBIS? We will share our emerging model and experiences of addressing RTI/SRBI and PBIS as a platform to explore and learn from each other on how we can all maximize existing resources to increase student success. (46)

Social Emotional Learning Starts with Self-Awareness

Presenter(s): Kristin Eberl, Newmarket Junior Senior High School, Newmarket, NH

This workshop is meant to provide participants a space to think about their own barriers within the classroom and begin to understand the importance of self-care as it pertains to student performance. Participants will be asked to interact with each other using simple tools and strategies to effectively facilitate classroom activities. (51)

Teaching Children Living in Poverty - Trends, Research and Strategies for Success

Presenter(s): Kathryn Welby, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

Come to an interactive discussion on trends, implications, and strategies for teaching children in poverty. The session will be deepening the understanding of current New England trends and statistics on poverty. Educational implications and teaching strategies will be provided while interactive success stories and concerns of session participants will be shared. (51)

This We Believe: 16 Characteristics Bingo!

Presenter(s): Erin Scholes, Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, Stafford Springs, CT

Participants will learn the 16 characteristics of This We Believe and how they apply to their own school practices. Using a bingo game, participants will reflect on their own practices, and discuss with colleagues. Participants will leave with goals, an action plan, and resources to help their school grow. Bingo! (50)

Why do so many of our students struggle to read proficiently?

Presenter(s): Alexandra Spichtig, Reading Plus, Winooski, VT

Many students never become proficient readers. What holds them back? Reading efficiency is a critical component of reading proficiency. Inefficient readers are more likely to lack motivation to read and lose confidence in their ability to achieve academic success. Who are these students and how can we help them? (49)