Posts Tagged ‘Middle Level Education Institute’

MLEI Registration Open–Prices Slashed!

February 27, 2012

The highly popular  Middle Level Education Institute (MLEI)

will be held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine this summer, July 30 (late afternoon) to August 2!

picture of MLEI website

Visit MLEI’s website for all of the details:

Registration fees have been dropped dramatically!

$325 for commuters

$425 for residential participants

MLEI remains the only professional learning opportunity in Maine designed specifically to address the educational needs of Maine ‘s 10-15 year olds.

Commissioner Bowen on Transforming Schools and the Middle Level Education Institute

June 30, 2011

Commissioner Bowen on Transforming Schools and the Middle Level Education Institute

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This week Commissioner of Education, Steve Bowen, stated that Maine schools must transform themselves so as not to become irrelevant.

Earlier this spring he said, “I attended two MLEI sessions and found them to be a great opportunity to do what educators seldom have time to do, which is to reflect on our instructional practice and to really do the kind of thinking and planning we all need to do to be effective.”

There is still one week left to sign up for MLEI (August 1-4). Registrations close July 8. To register, call Mikaela at 207-859-1114. For more information, go to

June Update for MLEI

June 2, 2011

Here is an update on MLEI 2011: Achieving Student Improvement: Effective Middle Grades Now!  

  The message is in a newsletter format and initially looks difficult to read.  But never fear, click on the image once and it goes into a type of  preview, click on it a second time and it enlarges so that it is very easy to read!

Join us at Thomas College for MLEI in August!

The MLEI Team would appreciate your help in spreading the word about MLEI–Please share with your social network via Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Thanks!!!!

Cyberbullying, Student Learning, and MLEI – A Chat with Chuck Saufler and Stan Davis

April 23, 2011

Recently Jill Spencer and I had a great conversation with our resident experts on bullying and cyberbullying, Chuck Saufler and Stan Davis. They will be among the great team of consultants working with us at the Middle Level Education Institute August 1-4 at Thomas College.

Chuck and Stan are looking to engage all MLEI participants in a nationwide research project this summer! It’s called the Youth Voice Project. ( All schools with a representative at MLEI will be eligible to participate and will have access to the national database to see what the trends are and how their schools compare. Of course we’ll also have the opportunity to work directly with Chuck and Stan throughout the Institute!

When students feel safe and feel connected to peers and educators, they are more able to learn. Nowhere is that more true than in Middle School. The Youth Voice Project  is analyzing the input of more than 13,000 youth nationwide on these and similar topics. We have found:

– that more than 1 in 8 students in grades 5-12 report both that they were mistreated at school twice a month or more AND that they have experienced moderate to very severe trauma as a result of that peer mistreatment

– that youth who report that they feel part of their school or that they feel valued at school are significantly less likely to report trauma as an after effect of mistreatment than those who do not.

– and that youth who report negative peer actions to teachers are less likely to report trauma as an after effect of peer mistreatment than those who do not.

It is clear from our work and from other research that connectedness and safety at school affect academic and life outcomes. Our workshop will focus on school actions to build connectedness and safety for all.

Here’s an article by Chuck explaining the importance of school climate and learning, School Climate, the Brain and Connection to School

And here’s the executive summary of Hardwired to Connect report that explains how our students really depend on schools to help them connect with one another and to adults for support in developing healthy relationships necessary for learning.

So if you’re looking to develop and implement a safe and positive school climate that supports more effective learning for ALL your students join us for this year’s Middle Level Education Institute at Thomas College in August! Just go to and get connected!

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