Middle Level Promise and Practice Summer Institute 2015

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“Implementing Standards-Based Assessment and Grading”

Featuring: Rick Wormeli
June 29th, 2015 – Duluth, MN &  June 30th, 2015 – Lakeville, MN

Online Registration Form - Duluth

Online Registration Form - Lakeville

It’s one thing to understand the mindset and principles of standards-based grading; it’s another thing to implement them school-wide. Join us for an unusually practical training on how to move standards-based grading from just a couple of teachers in the building to the entire faculty and larger community.  We’ll begin with an overview of standards-based grading, including answering burning issue questions that still linger, then we’ll identify more than two dozen strategies to help teachers shift their thinking and practices. In the afternoon, participants will create an initial professional development plan based on the morning’s suggestions followed by critique of those plans.  While we will clarify what is and is not standards-based grading and will include brief descriptions of its elements during the day, this is not a seminar to learn standards-based grading for the first time.

Summer Institute Overview and Registration Form

Distinguished Educator Award


The AMLE Distinguished Educator Award recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education—those who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through exemplary characteristics, leadership, vision, and advocacy.

Read on for more information or select this link to AMLE to find out more!

Nuts & Bolts Conference This Summer!

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Ready to Lead, Teach and Learn

The Nuts & Bolts Conference will be held June 16-17, 2015 in Sandusky, Ohio or on June 23-26, 2015 in Destin, Florida. These conferences are designed to help educators deal with young adolescents (Grades 4-9). Sessions offer each segment of the school community one of a kind professional developmenty opportunities designed for those who LEAD, those who TEACH, and for those ready to LEARN!

Learn more at www.nutsandboltssymposiums.com!

Improving Teacher Preparation

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Working to support effective teaching methods and practices, the U.S. Department of Education has been working with the broader education community on proposed regulations to strengthen teacher preparation programs.  A variety of materials have been posted on the website at www.ed.gov/teacherprep including the press release, fact sheet, and detailed PowerPoint presentation regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in this arena.

Presentation Handouts

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Included on the next page are links to the MMSA program and some of the handouts made available by our presenters.

Thursday Session Descriptions

Friday Session Descriptions

Dare To Care: Those Who Inspire!

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Every day throughout our experiences in middle schools we are inspired by those very special people who impact others in meaningful ways. These remarkable people come in the form of students, teachers, teams, administrators, educational assistants, custodians, media specialists, and essentially anyone you can imagine! The Minnesota Middle School Association wants to recognize these caring individuals for "Daring to Care"!


Follow this link to nominate someone!

Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Incentive

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The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they’re excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.  We’ve had a great experience for many years and this year’s program was the best ever!

We have had tremendous interest in the Twins Attendance Program and are currently full! However, if you want to be put on a waiting list fill out the link below.

Twins Perfect Attendance Waiting List

For more information contact:

Chris Bussmann, Principal
Levi P. Dodge Middle School
Farmington, MN 55024


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