Watch AMLE's series of COVID-19 webinars on-demand.

Supporting Middle School Student Transitions in the COVID Era
Presenter: Michelle Jensen, Emily Morehouse, and Scott Woods

In a typical year, school transitions have the potential to evoke a wide variety of emotions, behaviors, and concerns for both young adolescents and their families. Being remote makes building trust and relationships even more challenging. Listen as we discuss key elements of a successful remote transition program and hear from two school leaders who are getting creative to welcome their new students.

Leadership Roundtable: Planning for the 2020-2021 school year
Hosts: Todd Brist, Cedrick Gray, Ann McCarty Perez, and Dru Tomlin

We know the last thing you probably want to think about is the start of a new school year. Even if we’re lucky enough to be together in person this fall, we’ll still have many challenges facing us. Members of AMLE’s Leadership Faculty and Board of Trustees talk through going back to school this fall.

Promoting Resiliency and Helping Families Thrive During and After COVID-19
Presenter: Pat Colleluori and Lisa Koenecke

With the COVID-19 crisis, many students will continue to shelter at home and experience the loss of end-of-the-year instruction, sports, after-school activities, and contact with friends. What can educators do to promote resiliency in students and their families?

Math + Technology = Engagement
Presenter: Tara Maynard

Technology and mathematics should go hand-in-hand. Hear how technology has been integrated into a flipped math class so that students can explore topics and practice various concepts. We'll see how the technology gives teachers instant data so they can change or alter instruction to meet the needs of the students. If used correctly, technology can enhance your math lessons and make your work flow smarter.

Addressing Adversity, Trauma, and Resiliency with our Young Adolescents during COVID-19
Presenter: Lori Desautels

In this webinar, we explore how trauma and adversity impact the developing brain during heightened times of stress. We discuss strategies and practices that dampen down our stress response systems while building engagement, connection and regulated brain states.

Delivering Individualized and Spiralized Practice for Long-Term Math Retention
Presenter: Erica Martin, Director of Training for Get More Math

The most challenging aspect for any teacher or school is helping students retain new math skills the entire school year. Erica Martin, Director of Training for Get More Math and 14-year math teacher, shares data-validated results on how her students saw increased long-term retention and decreased test anxiety on the end-of-year test by implementing two key strategies: daily spiral review and consistent cumulative testing. Prioritizing daily spiral review over the constant push to practice new content transformed her students' long-term retention to the point where her students were better prepared and less anxious about their large end-of-year assessment.

AMLE Office Hours: Engaging, Cooperative Teaching in a Virtual World
Presenter: Terri Golden

Terri Golden leads a discussion on how to bring strong engagement, relationships and fun into your virtual class. While we’re sheltering at home, let’s use this opportunity to make our students raving fans of online learning, while ensuring they are learning the curriculum.

Fostering Positive Parent-Teacher Relationships During Remote Learning
Presenter: Jen Cort

The parent-teacher relationship consists of the adults our children spend most of their day with, the adults with shared goals for helping the child develop healthy relationships with themself, with learning, with peers, and with the school community. The parent-teacher relationship is not without its challenges as we often disagree about how to meet these shared goals. And because of the segmented relationship, we avoid engaging in challenging yet important topics. Potentially this important relationship will be strained even further by COVID-19. In this webinar, Jen Cort shares ideas for strengthening the parent-teacher relationship at any time and specifically during COVID-19.

Daily/Weekly/Big Dog - A Framework for Including Writing In Any Content Area Including in a Remote Learning Environment
Presenter: Lori Wilfong

Mention writing to a non-ELA teacher and the first thing that often comes to mind is "report" or "essay." Join me to think about daily and weekly writing strategies that anyone can implement to ensure that writing is happening in fun, easy, and natural ways across all content areas!

Thoughtfully applying SEL and Restorative Principles during and after COVID-19
Presenter: Nathan Maynard

Social-Emotional needs are more important than ever now. We must create unique pathways to assess and meet needs during this time of social-isolation. Nathan discusses ways to utilize restorative practices to feed relationships. He also discusses creative ways to use support student voices. The inclusion of all voices (not just people of leadership or adults) helps with cross-system collaboration to form short-term supports and long-term planning. Nathan highlights the tools to utilize these system supports through virtual restorative community building circles.

Teaching Student Writing Remotely
Presenter: Jeremy Hyler

Grammar and writing instruction continues to be more important than ever when we look at the digital landscape our students belong to today. In this session teachers and educators learn effective strategies using Google Slides along with social media, which can help students to differentiate between formal and informal writing while learning new grammar skills during this transition to online learning.

COVID-19: Helping Students Develop the Motivation to Invest in their Learning While Sheltering at Home
Presenters: LeAnn Nickelsen and Rick Wormeli

Students’ brains are hijacked emotionally versus academically right now. Hopes for normal springtime school experiences have been replaced with anxiety, frustration, and despair, especially as families struggle economically and are challenged by illness. School work may or may not be students’ top priority, and understandably so. What can we do, then, to help them invest in their own learning for the remainder of this year and perhaps longer, especially when they feel isolated and grades may or may not matter? No matter what type of distance learning experience you’re providing for your students. Watch this provocative and practical Webinar with LeAnn Nickelsen and Rick Wormeli as they bust motivation myths and provide specific insights on how to plan online learning experiences to maximize students’ motivation during this challenging time.

Parent & Family Tips for Helping Middle Schoolers at Home
Presenter: Jack Berckemeyer

Jack Berckemeyer, author of Managing the Madness – A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms, provides pragmatic tips, mixed with his trademark humor, to help parents enjoy this time at home with their young adolescents.

COVID-19: Assessment and Grading Concerns during Remote Learning – What’s the Helpful Thing to Do?
Host: Rick Wormeli

The abrupt transition to online instruction has led to serious questions about how we assess and grade students equitably while they’re quarantined from the classroom. Rick Wormeli, celebrated author of Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, 2nd Edition, leads a conversation on what is and is not helpful when it comes to assessment and grading during COVID-19.

AMLE Office Hours: Checking in on Remote Learning Strategies
Hosts: David Hayward and Stephanie Howell

David Hayward and Stephanie Howell, Instructional Technology Coordinators in Pickerington Local Schools moderate a Q&A session on the successes and challenges of transitioning from a face to face classroom to a remote learning environment during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Leadership Roundtable: Health and Wellness for Your Staff during COVID-19
Hosts: Robin Coletrain and Stephanie Patton

What strategies and tools do you provide to support the physical, emotional, instructional, and institutional needs of your staff?

Webinar: Promoting Student Wellness during COVID-19
Host: Phyllis Fagell

Middle School Matters author Phyllis Fagell leads a conversation on student wellness and provides tips for helping young adolescents manage stress during the pandemic.

Webinar: COVID-19 - Choosing the Right Remote Learning Resources for Young Adolescents
Hosts: Todd Bloch and Erin Scholes

Todd Bloch and Erin Scholes provide tips for selecting remote learning resources and how to effectively use them to keep students engaged outside the classroom.

Leadership Roundtable: Responding to COVID-19
Host: Dr. Laurie Barron

Moderated by Superintendent Dr. Laurie Barron, attendees at this open forum shared how they have been responding to the outbreak and transitioning to remote learning.

Webinar: Promoting Personal Wellness during COVID-19
Host: Jennifer Piela

Corporate wellness consultant and owner of Dalai Mama Yoga provides tips for stress management and staying well during the pandemic.