The North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (NCMLE)’s Annual Conference is recognized as one of the nation’s premier conferences for middle level educators. If your school works with early adolescents in grades five, six, seven, or eight, then you won’t want to miss this event! The conference typically draws about 2,000 educators from across North Carolina and around the country. In 2013, even with the continuing state budget crunch, 1300 educators from across NC and 15 other states were in attendance, and we hope you’ll join us in March to learn, network and share.
This years keynote speakers will be Brad Fulton and Debbie Silver. Known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, Brad Fulton has co-authored over a dozen books and numerous staff development DVD’s that provide easy-to-teach yet mathematically rich activities for busy teachers. Drawing upon over three decades in education, Brad is a consultant and frequent presenter at conferences and schools throughout the nation, in addition to teaching full time. His teaching experience includes grades four through eight in math, science, English, and physical science. In 2005, he was selected as California’s middle school educator of the year. Brad hosts a web site,Teacher to Teacher Press, that provides hundreds of pages of free resources to teachers. Teacher to Teacher Press produces curriculum written by teachers, to teachers, and for students.
Having spent 30 years as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. Debbie’s newly released book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In it she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success. It is her humor, practicality, and ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions.