This program is for ALL Middle-Level Educators - teachers,
counselors, administrators, and central office administrators. 

The 2nd Annual Making Middle School Matter Symposium is January 21-23, 2018 in Austin, TX. The symposium is open to all middle grades administrators and educators and will focus on research-proven practices that can be implemented school-wide. The symposium will feature a range of keynotes and breakout sessions. Unlike other professional development events or conferences, this program will draw content solely from high-quality research and translate that research into practical knowledge bites so that practices and strategies can be replicated in schools and classrooms.


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Making Middle School Matter Symposium
January 21 - 23, 2018 | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Austin

This will be 2 1/2 days of dynamic and practical learning that you will be able to take back to your campus and immediately implement. Don't delay on registering, last year's event sold out! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brent Jaco at 512-443-2100.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Quick Overview: 

• Keynote – Improving Literacy in the Middle School Classroom: From Research to Practice
• Math – How to Provide Effective Instruction on Word Problems
• Writing – Teaching Students to Use Writing as a Tool for Learning
• Social & Emotional Support – Social Emotional Health in Middle School: What You Can’t Afford To Ignore
• Using Data – Evidence of Learning – Expanding Assessment
• Keynote – Why the Middle Grades Matter in Helping All Students Graduate From High School Prepared for College and Careers
• Math – From Stale to Stimulating: Changing the Game through Formative Assessment
• Reading – Distinguishing Among the Features of Words
• Social & Emotional Support – The Power of Building a Culture of Empathy in Schools
• Using Data – Data in Motion: Leveraging lead4ward Data Tools
• Keynote –  Efficient Impact: Making the Most of Seemingly Small Moments to Assist our Students and Serve our Community
• Reading/Writing – Using Self-Generated Questions to Build Reading Comprehension
• Goal Setting – Promoting Student Achievement Through Personal Goal-Setting and Self-Regulation
• Behavior/Motivation – Promoting Success Through Connection
• Putting it All Together – 10 Ways to Make Research-Based Practices Work in Middle Schools
• Keynote – The Art And Heart of Teaching