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  • September 30, 2023 10:51 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, PAMLE members!

    We at eCYBERMISSION are thrilled to join forces with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education to help bring high-quality education to Pennsylvania students and support Pennsylvania educators. 

    eCYBERMISSION is a free, virtual STEM competition for students in grades 6-9. Students form teams of 2-4, led by an adult Team Advisor, and select a problem in their community to investigate with science or solve with engineering. eCYBERMISSION is phenomenon-based, project-based, and problem-based, and encourages students to see the impact they can make with STEM while learning to work together to solve real-world problems. Registration for eCYBERMISSION is now open at www.ecybermission.com/register and projects can be submitted any time until March 6, 2024.

    eCYBERMISSION aligns with Pennsylvania state science standards and provides free teaching resources in the form of lesson plans, activities, and more at www.ecybermission.com/advisorhelpcenter. Additionally, students have access to eCYBERMISSION CyberGuides, real scientists and engineers who are available to answer questions and provide technical support for projects through our online message board and monthly Zoom Live Chats (both of which are monitored by staff and invite parents and Team Advisors to attend with their students).

    Funding in the form of the eCYBERMISSION Mini-Grant is available to Team Advisors that incorporate eCYBERMISSION in their classroom. Mini-Grants come in the form of two payments, the first to the school to cover the cost of project supplies and the second to the Team Advisor(s) as a professional stipend. The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete, requires no essays, and is open until November 16 at www.ecybermission.com/minigrantprogram

    Once again, we are so excited to begin our partnership with PAMLE in support of Pennsylvania STEM education. If you have any questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email us at missioncontrol@ecybermission.com or follow us on social media!

    eCYBERMISSION is an Army Educational Outreach Program competition administered by the National Science Teaching Association.

  • September 27, 2023 11:23 AM | Anonymous
    Long-time partner, @HoraceMann, wants to help make your classroom wish lists come true! Enter your #DonorsChoose project now through Oct. 19. Every Thursday during the sweepstakes, Horace Mann will draw winners and fund at least $5,000 in projects! Enter: https://woobox.com/neqqzq?source=pamle
  • September 25, 2023 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    Check out this great webinar from PAMLE-partner American College of Education.

    Register today! https://aceedu.zoom.us/.../WN_qSEGIU1uTaaiANhjINNTAw...

  • September 24, 2023 3:06 PM | Anonymous
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    Looking for a motivating, engaging, practical, fun and relevant professional development experience?  Tired of paying for expensive conference registrations, airfare, hotel and rental cars for 10 people when you would love to have brought more people to a conference? 

    Nuts and Bolts can help.

    • You provide the location - we provide the speakers, sessions and the fun!
    • Conferences can be 1-4 days in length. 
    • The Ready to Lead Symposium is perfect for school leadership teams.
    • NB - The Never Boring Conference for Educators is perfect for teachers grades K-12.

    Contact us so we can create the perfect conference experience for your amazing educators.

    Jack Berckemeyer

    Dedra Stafford

  • September 19, 2023 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    With a new school year underway, I've got four bits of news to report.

    1. My book Culture by Design - The Discovery Process as a New Way for Schools (Rowman Littlefield, 2023) is hot off the press and available on Amazon, Kindle, and on-line platforms. (Many of these on-line platforms are being made available as I write.) Any and all profits resulting from book sales this year will be poured back into the program. So, buy a book and help a school. (See Amazon link below)


    2. We have introduced an individual sale option for the Discovery Process learning platform. Why? During many of the presentations I have given during the past couple of years, many teachers have approached me and said, "This is great, but my school district would never step away from convention to make a move like this." Such teachers can now purchase an annual subscription to all the learning content to share with their classes. (Annual Cost: $79.95) It is also an option for parents who want to follow along with what their children are doing in the Discovery Process.  FMI, go to www.hydeinstitute.org

    3. On 9/11/Mon, I was interviewed by Rob Caldwell on the Maine 207 (Portland NBC affiliate) news program. Topic: School Culture. Following the airing date, our communications department wrote/assembled a press release that has since been shared with over 1500 news outlets in Canada and the USA.  Here's the link to that press release (including a link to the 5-minute interview):


    4. I am pleased to report our partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (https://pacharters.org/). I will be speaking at their annual conference (10/3-5) in Lancaster, PA. Presentation Title: "The Secret Sauce of School Cultures."... Pennsylvania is home to 188 public charter schools across the state. Looking forward to interacting with them and exploring ways that the Discovery Process might enrich the cultures at their respective schools.

    Finally, if you've got educator colleagues or friends who are all about culture in their schools, please connect me!    

    Onward, Malcolm 

    Malcolm W. Gauld - Executive Director
    The HYDE Institute – Bath, ME
    Malcolm's Blog:


  • September 17, 2023 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    JOIN US!

    OMLA State Conference at Kalahari

    November 9-10, 2023

    Register for #OMLA2023 today!

    #OMLA2023 | November 9-10, 2023 | Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio

    Gerry Brooks - Keynote Speaker

    Chris Singleton - Keynote Speaker

    Breakout sessions led by Ohio Educators

    Click here for conference sessions!

    Book your hotel reservations at Kalahari, click here.

    Special Conference Rate - Book Online Only

    Room reservations filling up quickly!

    Gerry Brooks

    Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third-grade teacher in Palm Bay, Florida. He earned his master’s in administration and has been an elementary principal for 12 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Brooks has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, “Go See the Principal” outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Brooks and his wife, Kelly, have 3 adult children and live in Lexington, KY.

    Gerry Brooks YouTube Channel

    Chris Singleton

    Chris Singleton is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness, and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church tragedy in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 80 organizations annually and over 100,000 students and educators across the world. Chris’s overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audience with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, “Love is Stronger Than Hate.”

    Triumph Over Tragedy

    Conference Questions? CONTACT US

    Visit Our Website
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    Ohio Middle Level Association | OMLA, PO Box 289, Fort Loramie, OH 45845

  • September 13, 2023 10:37 AM | Anonymous
    Bring in our team to work with your staff to create a hands-on, question-based organic advisory program that is easy to implement and will meet the needs of YOUR students. Contact Jack for pricing and information.

    Looking to refresh your staff on the Effective Elements of Teaming?

    • Ask about the Elements of Effective Teaming video series. Jack wrote the book on teaming and now he has the videos! Jack explains the importance of teaming, how to create an effective team calendar, parent communication log, 10-day learning goals, and several other critical teaming practices. The videos are short, to the point and practical. Ask about pricing.
    • Looking to help teams stay focused and on track? Our videos and teaming curriculum notebook can be customized for your school.
    • Ask us about team leader training or re-fresh.
    • Use Successful Middle School Teaming as a book study.
      One of our team members can even do a Zoom meeting with the teams.

    Copyright © 2023 Berckemeyer Consulting Group, All rights reserved.

  • September 05, 2023 8:31 PM | Anonymous

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    4 Great Things
    to Help You
    This School Year


    Join me and AMLE for a webinar on September 21 at
    4:30 pm EST. For more information on registration: 


    Need to assess your teaming progress?
    Ask about our comprehensive team assessment or do a book study on Successful Middle School Teaming. Great data and information to help your school and teams. Ask me for pricing and information.



    Need to bring some optimism and joy
    to your school or district?

    Offer a book study on Deliberate Optimism - Still Reclaiming the Joy in Education. Even better, bring Dr. Debbie Silver or Jack Berckemeyer
    to your school.



    Make sure you are following me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so you don't miss my Berckemeyer Breaks which are filled with practical ideas.

  • August 30, 2023 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will lose their Medicaid coverage with the end of the public health emergency. This may impact the health and wellness of your students and their families as well as your school or district billing for eligible Medicaid covered services. If your school/school district resides in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Perry, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, or York counties, Highmark Wholecare can provide helpful details and assistance.

    Contact Mike Callaghan at mcallaghan@highmarkwholcare.com or Judy Sapos at jsapos@highmarkwholecare.com for additional information.

  • August 30, 2023 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    Dear NERA Community,

    We are thrilled to extend an invitation to all NERA 2023 Conference attendees to participate in the NERA 2023 Mentoring Program during the upcoming conference at the Trumbull Marriott Shelton, Trumbull, CT, October 18-20, 2023.

    The Mentoring Committee has been facilitating successful mentor-mentee matches since 2012, connecting professionals experienced in NERA-related fields with graduate students and early career professionals through a carefully curated process. Our program has seen tremendous benefits for participants, who have had the opportunity to form meaningful connections outside of their existing networks, share research interests, discuss career goals, and explore areas of desired growth. Last year's mentoring event was a resounding success, with nearly 30 mentees and 16 mentors forming strong connections. We received positive feedback from participants, and we hope that these connections have continued to flourish.

    During the conference, matched pairs will meet at a dedicated happy hour on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 6:00pm. We encourage mentors and mentees to continue their relationship beyond the conference, fostering a lasting connection.
    We welcome all in-person conference attendees to join the program.
    Sign up to become a mentor if you:
    • Have at least 4 years of career experience in education or educational measurement
    • Are interested in advising a graduate student or early career professional
    Sign up to become a mentee if you:
    • Are currently enrolled in a graduate program in a NERA-related field OR are an early career professional (less than 5 years of post-graduate experience) in a NERA-related field
    • Are interested in advice on your educational path, dissertation, or career
    Use the link below to register and provide information about your research interests, career goals, or areas of desired growth:
    NERA Mentoring Program Registration
    The registration deadline is Sunday, October 8, 2023. Based on your responses, the Mentoring Committee will match you with a mentor/mentee who shares your interests. Please remember that by signing up, you are committing to participate in the program and will be matched accordingly. If your plans change, kindly reach out to the Mentoring Committee so we can ensure all interested participants have a suitable match.
    We look forward to seeing you this October and forging meaningful connections in our vibrant community!

    All the best,

    Your Mentoring Co-Chairs

    Bethany Fishbein
    Kerry Vieth
    Krishna Chaitanya Rao Kathala

    Email: mentoring@nera-education.org

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