HEADLINES & HISTORY
WAMLE is excited to welcome three new members to our board!
Maggie McHugh is a Teacher/Advisor at La Crosse Design Institute, a project-based charter middle school for the School District of La Crosse. During that time, she has guided 6th, 7th, and 8th graders as a STEM and Humanities educator as well as personal project advisor. Additionally, she has taught a course for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in middle level pedagogy. Maggie finds working with pre-service educators to instill a passion for teaching middle level learners rewarding. Maggie is excited to bring a fresh perspective based on passion and energy for teaching middle level learners to WAMLE.
Lisa Koenecke is a Professor at Lakeland University. She was honored to serve as a middle school counselor for Seven years at River Bluff Middle School in Stoughton. She loved her time as a middle school counselor and stayed at that level even when asked to move back to the high school. She has expertise in social emotional learning skills, career goals, academic planning and serving marginalized populations especially those identifying as LGBTQ+.
Eugene Pitchford is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University-Wisconsin. He is passionate about helping educators become equipped to meet the challenging demands of being successful. His personal teaching experiences revolved around teaching middle school in an urban public school environment. As a school administrator of K-8 schools, he based his success on how well middle students achieved throughout the school year. As a professor, he has organically connected with students that want to become middle school teachers. He is an expert in middle school education, public education, and urban education and is driven to help all educators understand the power of having mentors.
As summer approaches and the school year ends, we shift our attention toward planning for the upcoming school year and thinking about ways to make our schools and districts even better. What new programs or materials do we need? What technology or devices do we need to purchase or update? Can we adjust the school schedule (bell schedule) allowing for more instructional time or flexibility? What academic areas are we succeeding with and which areas do we need to improve? How do we decide what to purchase, what areas we need to improve or what to celebrate? We look at and analyze data – all sorts of data.
WAMLE would like to share the following references for working with the pre-adolescent brain.
March is National Middle Level Education Month
This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on this very important time in the education of our 10- to 15-year-olds. This is a time of rapid human development, second only to the growth from birth to age two, making it critical that we provide a supportive environment both at home and school. Check out ideas for how schools, families, and communities can celebrate www.amle.org/mlem.
The school year is now well underway. School leaders are now into the routines of both leading and managing their schools. If you are serving in one of these roles, now is opportunity to more fully embrace the principal leadership trinity -- getting to know your people, talking about performance, and leading for results. The focus for this PEP article is on the first part of the trinity—getting to know your people—students and staff (both certified and non-certified). Use the following tips to forge more solid relationships that can contribute to better results—improved teaching and support for learning for all children.
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