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.


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! 

  • Dates and Times: January 21-23, 2018 (Begins at 1:00p on Jan. 21; Concludes at 11:30a on Jan. 23)
  • Final Program and Speaker Information
  • Registration Now Open: Cost: $265 from August 15 - January 8, 2018; after January 8th cost will be $315.
  • Reserve Your Room: Hilton DoubleTree Hotel Austin - Special Room Block - $129.00/night (book within the block for discounted rate)
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