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amleWe had an awesome time connecting with educators in Nashville. Thank you to everyone at AMLE and all our session participants. If you do not find handouts or information you are looking for, please contact us.

41st Annual Conference for Middle Level Education
Nashville, TN, November 6-8, 2014

Our Sessions…..

See you in Nashville!



We had a great time in Minneapolis!

The 40th Annual Conference amlefor Middle Level Education.

  • November 7-9, 2013

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

Session Title: Here’s What Middle Level Students Think about Good Teaching

Session Title: Formative Assessment: What Teachers (and Students) Use to Plan Next Steps

Session Title: Orchestrating Student Voices to Create a Community of Learners

 Session Title: Influence on Middle Level Teacher Implementation of Best Practice



A very special Thank You to all  who attended our presentation at ASCD. During the conference we made new friends and connected with outstanding educators from all over the country…including Hawaii.3authorschicago

Linda, Jennifer, and Linda

Read our posts, Teachers are Rainbows in the Clouds and Constructivism as a Learning Theory to hear more about our conference experience.

2013 ASCD 68th Annual Conference – Chicago, Illinois, March 18, 2013

Session Title: Orchestrating Student Voices to Build a Community of Learners #3225community

Date: Monday, March 18, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: McCormick Place West, Level 1, Room W187C

Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Fontanini , Linda Carpenter & Dr. Linda Neiman


In this session, experience activities designed to engage students of all age levels and populations in building their own community of learners. Participate in activities that facilitate the teacher and students getting to know each other. Learn how these interactive activities allow students to direct their learning and interactions while giving the teacher data to design meaningful, relevant learning experiences. Participate in small-group discussions to construct understanding in how community-building activities enhance student learning and promote social justice. Presentation materials for all activities will be available online.


ASCD Presentation Outline

Presentation Handouts


West Salem Handouts and Resources – May 8, 2013

Talking Heads

Portfolio Assessment Handout


Springboard to Assessment

The Chain Game

Homework Chain Game

Kohn Article Homework 2012

Five Characteristics of Quality Homework Article

Springboard to Homework

Blooming with Knowledge Homework

Blooming with Knowledge Overview

Feedback Handout

RIO cube

Cube Creator – ReadWriteThink


Do Kids Really Need Homework?

When Assessment Goes Bad

West Salem  – November 28, 2012

Handout Characteristics of Effective Direct Vocabulary Instruction

Handout Colorful Word Sort Academic Language Activity

Handout TOE Terms Of Endearment

Handout TOE Student Activity Sheet

Seven Ways to Use the Tag Quotes

Virtual Field Trips Links

West Salem May 8-9, 2012

Presentation Strategies West Salem May 8, 2012

Methods for Forming Groups

Art Terms for Forming Groups

Geometric Shapes for Forming Groups

Harry Potter Quotes for Forming Groups

Musical Notes for Forming Groups

Pens Pencils for Forming Groups

Quotes for Forming Groups

Readers for Forming Groups

Science Objects for Forming Groups

Spanish Words Phrases for Forming Groups

Evaluation Feedback Baseball Theme

 Math lesson

RIO sample lesson

West Salem May 8 2012 Confidence Continuum Posters (2)


RIO template

Building Blocks: A Framework for Effective Instruction for Teaching in the Block

March 27, 2012 – West Salem, Wisconsin

Presentation Handouts:

Handout Graffiti Wall Graphic West Salem March 27 2012 (pdf)

Handout One Minute Paper West Salem March 27 2012 (pdf)

Handout Session Starters West Salem March 27 2012 (pdf)

Handout If Lecture Then West Salem March 27 2012 (pdf)

Presentation Strategies West Salem March 27, 2012 (pdf)

I will Survive Video (YouTube)


National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) 22nd Annual Conference
March 1-3, 2012 in Bethesda, MD (Washington, DC Metro Area)

Session Title: Building Relationships: The Key to Successful Classroom Communities
Presentation Date and Time: Friday, March 2, 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Description: For many interns, issues of classroom management cause the most stress and concern. Novice teachers often seek to control, while master teachers know it is more important to build relationships of respect and work with students. Building community in the classroom during the first days of the school year is crucial. This session will focus on classroom culture and community, providing a rationale, framework, and specific strategies that will create a safe climate for learning in the classroom.

Poster Session: Mosaic of Professional Experiences
Presentation Date and Time: Friday, March 2, 4:30-5:30 pm

Presenters are the authors of From Surviving to Thriving: Mastering the Art of the Elementary Classroom

  • Linda L. Carpenter, M.Ed., Faculty Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Cardinal Stritch University
  • Jennifer J. Fontanini, Ed. D., Associate Professor, Chair Master of Arts in Teaching: Madison and Kenosha College of Education and Leadership, Cardinal Stritch University
  • Linda V. Neiman, Ph.D. Associate Dean, School of Education, College of Education and Leadership Cardinal Stritch University

Conference Registration and Information

*Presentation Handouts

NAAC Building Relationships Handout (Word Doc)

NAAC Building Relationships Handout (PDF)

Handout Relationships Presentation NAAC_ March 2 (PowerPoint PDF)

Previous Presentations

Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies 2011
Building a Better World
March 21-22, 2011
Middleton, WI

Peace Through Music – Linda Carpenter
Music is the universal language of mankind, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
This session will explore the use of music as an instructional tool to teach peace, culture, diversity, and global connections in the social studies classroom. Master teachers use a variety of strategies and activities to appeal to the diverse learning styles and needs of their students. Lessons and activities integrating music will be shared with participants.

SLATE (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education)
Association of Wisconsin School Administrators/Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
11:05 am – 12:05 pm
The Kalahari Resort
1305 Kalahari Dr
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Topic: Electronically Connecting with Parents

Ferriter, W. (2010). Digitally speaking: Using social media to reach your community. Educational Leadership. 68(4), 89-90.

Facebook. (2010). New Milford High School.


Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE)
October 15, 2010
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells
Topic: Take the Blinders Off:  See the Bullying in Your Classroom

Contact the authors. 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    January 2, 2013 5:03 pm

    oops — West Salem. I think New Salem may be pretend town from a tv show or movie.

    • January 3, 2013 11:04 am

      Thanks Lisa. We are happy for our followers to use all of our resources and handouts.


  2. Lisa permalink
    January 2, 2013 5:02 pm

    Oh–I didn’t see this part before. I may use some of the items you have posted related to your work in New Salem. Thanks for posting.


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