South Carolina
Association for MIddle Level Education

2020 Conference Information

Join us in Myrtle Beach for the 2020 Conference!

February 28 - March 1, 2020!

Click here to register!

CALL FOR PRESENTERS :
SCAMLE Annual Conference February 28, 2020 to March 1, 2020; Deadline for applications is October 31, 2019. Come share your ideas and experiences! If your school has an exemplary program or outstanding teachers to highlight, consider sharing ideas and programs with other middle level educators by applying to be a presenter at the SCAMLE Conference February 28 - March 1, 2020 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Submit your application for presentation(s).

WHERE: 

2101 NORTH OAK STREET
MYRTLE BEACH, SC

2020 Conference

SESSION AND EVENT INFORMATION:

Friday Leadership Institute

Friday's Leadership Institute, hosted by SC-AMLE at the Convention Center will feature opportunities for individuals and groups to grow leadership capacity beginning just after noon. Sessions targeting Instructional Leadership, Administrative Leadership, and Student Advocacy will be available with a special focus on building level administrators and guidance counselors as well as other professionals who have a bit more flexibility to grow and learn away from their buildings during this valuable institute. Official Schools to Watch training will also be available for interested school-based and district level teams. Stay tuned for more information about the Leadership Institute!


Saturday Keynote Speaker: Principal Kafele

Principal Baruti Kafele, a highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years, has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, in addition to being named the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Principal Kafele was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.

As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the transformation of four New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech—which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, and which was recognized three times by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools.

 One of the most sought-after school leadership experts in America, Principal Kafele is impacting America's schools! Since leaving his principalship in 2011, he has delivered or conducted more than 1000 conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars, and student assemblies. An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority on providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he coined, the "Attitude Gap.” He is the author of ten books, including his five national best sellers—Closing the Attitude Gap, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School & in Life, The Principal 50, The Teacher 50, and Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It? His newest book—The ASPIRING Principal 50: Critical Questions for New and Future School Leaders—was recently released in May 2019.

     Principal Kafele is the recipient of more than 150 educational, professional, and community awards, including the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award. He was inducted into the East Orange, New Jersey Hall of Fame, and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaimed February 8, 1998 Baruti Kafele Day.


Sunday Morning Keynote and Business Meeting

Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Dave delivers the ultimate professional development experience for your teachers that is perfect for all circumstances from truly inspirational opening keynotes to full-day hands-on workshops.  It is a high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experience that will leave your staff unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with the practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

As a teacher in San Diego, California, he was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.


HOTEL INFORMATION:

The Sheraton Myrtle Hotel is the host hotel. The conference rate is available until 1/27/20 or until room block is filled. Click here for the booking link for the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. You can also call 1-888-627-8203 and refer to SC Association for Middle Level Education 2020 Convention.


2020 Conference Grants

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Micro-Grants to assist with conference expenses

South Carolina Middle Grades Initiative (SCMGI) Micro-Grant

$250.00 SCAMLE Conference Grant 

Deadline: November 22, 2019

Award Announcements: January 15, 2020

Pre-service teacher candidates are invited to apply for a South Carolina Middle Grades Initiative micro-grant to attend the South Carolina Association of Middle Level Education’s Spring Conference, February 28-March 1, 2020.  Please see below for categories and detailed information.  The deadline for micro-grant applications is Friday, November 22, 2019.

Pre-Service Educators:

Pre-service teacher candidates (via their university professors) are invited to apply for a $250.00 microgrant to attend the South Carolina Association of Middle Level Education’s Spring Conference.  This grant would cover the $90.00 conference registration fee, as well as assist with travel and accommodations. Please note that registration cost will be taken out of the grant (sent directly to SCAMLE) and the remainder amount sent to the qualified applicant.    

University professors would need to complete the online application form from the link below. The application process includes a brief narrative of how the recipient(s) plans to present content learned from the conference to a group of his or her peers.  The after-conference presentation must be completed no later than April 6, 2020 and if more than one recipient is from the same institution, they may present together. By completing the application, the university professor agrees to assist the teacher candidate(s) with the follow-up presentation.  Survey’s will be sent to both the recipient(s) and his or her university professor as a follow-up after the conference and their presentation.  There is a limit of four recipients per institution.  A committee will be formed to review all applications and select the recipients.  Preference will be given to those who submit a proposal to present at the conference. Please note that the deadline to apply to present at the SCAMLE Conference is October 31, 2019. Teacher Candidates who have a presentation selected by SCAMLE  to present at the conference may be eligible for an increased micro-grant (budget pending). If there are additional pre-service teachers at your institution who may be interested beyond the four, you may submit a separate application for them as a “wait-list.” These applications will be considered if there are unused funds available after the deadline.

Steps:

  • 1.     Read the information on the SCAMLE Conference from the following website: http://www.scamle.org/conferences.html.
  • 2.     Write a brief rationale for why you wish to attend.
  • 3.     Ask your university professor to complete the online application form.

Application Link: https://form.jotform.com/82846435996172

  • 4.     Awards will be announced January 15, 2020 so that you may finalize conference registration and travel arrangements.

Please contact Dr. Chris Burkett, Director of the SCMGI for questions at Burkett3@mailbox.sc.edu .

Application Link: https://form.jotform.com/82846435996172


South Carolina Middle Grades Initiative (SCMGI) Micro-Grant

$250.00 SCAMLE Conference Grant

Deadline: November 22, 2019

Award Announcements: January 15, 2020

Certified middle level teachers are invited to apply for a South Carolina Middle Grades Initiative micro-grant to attend the South Carolina Association of Middle Level Education’s Spring Conference, February 28-March 1, 2020.  Please see below for detailed information.  The deadline for micro-grant applications is Friday, November 22, 2019.

Middle Level Educators:

Certified middle level teachers are invited to apply for a $250.00 microgrant to attend the South Carolina Association of Middle Level Education’s Spring Conference.  This grant would assist with conference registration (the $150.00 (members of SCAMLE) or $225.00 (non-members of SCAMLE), travel, and accommodations.  Please note that registration cost will be taken out of the grant (sent directly to SCAMLE) and the remainder amount sent to the qualified applicant.  Qualified applicants would need to complete the online application form from the link below. The application process includes a brief narrative of how the recipient plans to present content learned from the conference to a group of his or her peers.  The after-conference presentation must be completed no later than April 6, 2020 and if more than one recipient is from the same school, they may present together. The online application must also include the name and email of the building level principal who will have the knowledge and capacity to assist you with your follow-up presentation.  An email will be sent to your building level principal asking for their support for your application before it will be considered. Please have their approval before applying for the grant.  Survey’s will be sent to both the recipient and his or her principal as a follow-up after the conference and their presentation.  There is a limit of two recipients per school.  A committee will be formed to review all applications and select the recipients.  Preference will be given to those who submit a proposal to present at the conference.  Please note that the deadline to apply to present at the SCAMLE Conference is October 31, 2019. Certified teachers who have a presentation selected by SCAMLE  to present at the conference may be eligible for an increased micro-grant (budget pending).  If there are additional teachers at your school who may be interested beyond the first two to apply, they may also submit an application as a “wait-listed application.” These applications will be considered if there are unused funds available after the deadline.

Steps:

  • 1.     Read the information on the SCAMLE Conference from the following website: http://www.scamle.org/conferences.html.
  • 2.     Write a brief rationale for how you plan to present content learned from the conference to a group of your peers
  • 3.     Seek approval from your principal and then complete the online application form.

Application Link: https://form.jotform.com/82845869796180

  • 4.     Awards will be announced January 15, 2020 so that you may finalize conference registration and travel arrangements.

Please contact Dr. Chris Burkett, Director of the SCMGI for questions at Burkett3@mailbox.sc.edu .

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