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					                           Destin Nuts & Bolts                                                                                                          Boulder Nuts & Bolts                                                                                                              Laugh,
              School Improvement Symposium
                                  June 7-10, 2011
                                                                                                                                            Student Achievement Symposium
                                                                                                                                                                  July 28-31, 2011                                                                                                        Learn,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Focus on the Practical                               for EDUCATORS
Nuts & Bolts Symposiums are a one-of-a-kind professional development                                                        Nuts & Bolts Symposiums are a one-of-a-kind professional development                          
opportunity with the Destin event focusing on school improvement. Whether                                                   opportunity with the Boulder event focusing on student achievement. Research                                                                                   Addresses Many of
you are beginning the middle school model implementation or wanting to                                                      shows that high-achieving schools implement sound instructional strategies, use
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improve what you have established, this conference will give you what you                                                   effective classroom management, and engage their students in creative ways.                                                                            	
need to succeed! The lineup of presenters includes the best of the best and they                                            This symposium will focus on these areas and give you tools to improve. The
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are always true to the Nuts & Bolts concept of practical, realistic implementation                                          lineup of presenters includes the best of the best and they are always true to                                                                         	   •	Student	Achievement
of best practices. Bring a team of teachers and watch your school transform.                                                the Nuts & Bolts concept of practical, realistic implementation of best practices.
Join your peers to laugh, learn, and share in a way you have never imagined!                                                Bring a team of teachers and watch your school transform. Join your peers to                                                                           	   •	9th	Grade	Academy	
                                                                                                                            laugh, learn, and share in a way you have never imagined!                                                                                              	   •	The	Differentiated	Classroom
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download the registration form from the website and submit by fax or mail                                                                                                                                                                       Destin,	FL                         	   •	Homework
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along with a purchase order.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       	   •	Urban	Issues
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   	   •	Motivating	Students
SUPER Early Bird Registration (postmarked by January 15, 2011) ..............$400.00                                                                                                                                                                                               	   •	Technology	Education
                                                                                                                            SUPER Early Bird Registration (postmarked by January 15, 2011) ..............$480.00
Early Bird Registration (postmarked by April 1, 2011).....................................$420.00                                                                                                                                                                                  	   •	Classroom	Management
                                                                                                                            Early Bird Registration (postmarked by April 29, 2011) .................................$499.00                                                        	   •	Classroom	Strategies
Regular Registration (postmarked after April 1, 2011) ....................................$440.00
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Pre-conference Sessions                                                                                                                                                                                                                July	28-31,	20
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   en	Resort	                      The	focus	of	the	Nuts	&	Bolts	Symposium		
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The Nuts & Bolts pre-conference sessions are the most useful you’ll ever
                                                                                                                            The Nuts & Bolts pre-conference sessions are the most useful you’ll ever                                                                               centers		on	the	practical,	proven,	day-to-day		
attend! Each session is 3 hours and the cost is $85 per person, per session.
                                                                                                                            attend! Each session is 3 hours and the cost is $85 per person, per session.                                   Boulder,	CO                             activities	that	work	in	the	education	of			
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   elementary,	middle	level,	and	high	school		
AM Sessions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        students.	National	consultants,	teachers,	and		
    Mark McLeod — Student Motivation .......................................................... $85.00                      AM Sessions                                                                                                                                            administrators	from	exemplary	schools	in	the	
                                                                                                                                Mark McLeod — Student Motivation ......................................................... $85.00                                                  United	States	and	foreign	countries	present		
    Rick Wormeli — Differentiated Instruction from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 over	100	sessions	from	the	popular	educational		
                                                                                                                                Chris Toy — Technology in the Classroom ................................................ $85.00

                   Plan to Practice................................................................... $85.00                                                                                                                                                                      topics	listed	in	this	brochure.
    Sharon Faber — Literacy ................................................................................. $85.00                                                                                                                                                               	
                                                                                                                            PM Sessions
PM Sessions                                                                                                                     Anthony Limoges — Bullying Workshop....................................................$85.00
    Debbie Silver — Student Motivation ........................................................... $85.00                       Kim Campbell — Classroom Management Workshop ...........................$85.00
    Jack Berckemeyer — Classroom Management ....................................... $85.00                                      Marjorie Frank, Jack Berckemeyer — Engaging Instructional

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    Randy Thompson — Brain Compatible Schools ..................................... $85.00                                                                         Strategies ...................................$85.00

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kathy Hunt Ullock (Presenter — Destin, Boulder)
                                                  Destin Agenda                                                                                         National Consultants                                                                                             Well	known	for	her	humor	and	practical	“hands-on”	approach,	Kathy	has	presented	at	schools	and	conferences	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in	48	states	and	16	foreign	countries.	She	is	president	and	founder	of	Creative	Solutions	which	specializes	in	
                              School Improvement Symposium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         innovative	programs	and	practices	at	the	middle	level.	Kathy	has	been	a	junior	high	and	middle	school	teacher,	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         administrator,	and	fulltime	consultant/speaker.	She	is	the	featured	presenter	on	teaming	in	two	CDs	published	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         by	NMSA.	Kathy	has	also	coauthored	two	books,	Because You Teach	and	Middle School Matters	with	Debbie	Silver,	
                                                                                                                                              Jack Berckemeyer (Presenter — Destin, Keynote Speaker – Boulder)                                                           Rick	Wormeli,	and	Monte	Selby.	
                                                                                                                                              A	nationally-recognized	presenter,	author,	and	humorist,	Jack	Berckemeyer	began	his	career	as	a	middle	school	
Tuesday-June 7                                                            Thursday-June 9                                                     teacher	in	Denver,	Colorado.	After	two	years	of	teaching	he	was	named	as	an	outstanding	educator	at	his	school	
	 8:30	a.m.	-	5:30	p.m.		 Registration,	Bookstore	Open	                   	 7:00	a.m.	-	3:00	p.m.		 Bookstore	Open	                           and	shortly	thereafter	was	identified	as	one	of	the	outstanding	educators	in	the	district.	Jack	is	passionate	about	       Cynthia “Mama J” Johnson (Presenter — Destin)
	9:00	a.m.	-	12:00	p.m.		 Pre-Conference	Sessions		                       	 7:00	a.m.	-	8:00	a.m.		 Breakfast	                                middle	level,	serving	as	Assistant	Executive	Director	for	9	of	his	13	years	at	the	National	Middle	Level	Association.	     “Mama	J”	is	a	national	speaker,	performer,	and	consultant	recognized	for	her	work	with	reaching	and	teaching	
	                       	 (additional	fee)	                               	 8:00	a.m.	-	9:15	a.m.		 Third	General	Session	                    He	brings	his	energy,	humor,	and	expertise	of	the	middle	level	adolescent	to	all	staff	development	as	he	helps	            today’s	youth.	She	has	experience	in	elementary,	middle,	and	secondary	education	at	the	rural,	suburban,	and	
	12:00	p.m.	-	12:45	p.m.		 Lunch	provided	for		                           	9:30	a.m.	-	12:05	p.m.		 Breakout	Sessions	                        teachers	and	administrators	remember	why	this	job	makes	a	difference.                                                      urban	settings	and	has	served	in	the	classroom	teaching	students	with	multiple	abilities	including	special	edu-
 	                      	 Pre-Conference	attendees	                       	12:05	p.m.	-	1:30	p.m.		 Door	Prizes	&	Lunch	                                                                                                                                                 cation,	gifted,	and	at-risk	students.	She	has	also	utilized	her	leadership	strengths	as	a	principal	at	the	middle	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         high	school	levels.	In	addition	to	her	travels	throughout	the	nation,	“Mama	J”	currently	serves	as	a	middle	school	
 	12:45	p.m.	-	3:45	p.m.		 Pre-Conference	Sessions	(additional	fee)	      	 1:30	p.m.	-	2:40	p.m.		 Breakout	Sessions                         Charles Beaman (Keynote Speaker — Destin)                                                                                  principal	and	a	doctorate	candidate	in	educational	leadership	at	Baker	University	in	Overland	Park,	Kansas.	
 	 4:00	p.m.	-	5:15	p.m.		 Opening	General	Session	                                                                                           Charles	offers	over	20	years	of	experience	as	a	language	arts	teacher,	assistant	principal,	and	principal.	He	is	          	
 	 5:15	p.m.	-	7:00	p.m.		 Welcome	Reception                              Friday-June 10                                                      recently	retired	after	30	years	of	service	from	the	Metropolitan	Nashville	School	System.	He	has	presented	at	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Patti Kinney (Presenter — Destin, Boulder)
                                                                          	7:00	a.m.	-	12:00	p.m.		
                                                                                    Bookstore	Open	                                           numerous	state	and	national	conferences	in	the	areas	of	effective	classroom	management,	stress	and	time	man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Patti	Kinney	is	Associate	Director,	Middle	Level	Services	for	the	National	Association	of	Secondary	School		
Wednesday-June 8                                                          	 7:00	a.m.	-	8:00	a.m.		
                                                                                    Breakfast	                                                agement,	and	motivating	difficult-to-reach	students.	A	dynamic	and	energetic	speaker,	Charles	is		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Principals.	She	has	an	extensive	background	of	33	years	in	public	education,	the	last	17	spent	as	an	administrator	
	 7:00	a.m.	-	3:00	p.m.		 Registration,	Bookstore	Open	                   	 8:00	a.m.	-	8:45	a.m.		
                                                                                    Fourth	General	Session	                                   known	for	his	practical	and	humorous	presentations.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at	Talent	Middle	School	in	southern	Oregon.	She	served	on	the	Board	of	Directors	of	the	National	Middle		
	 7:00	a.m.	-	8:00	a.m.		 Breakfast	                                                Breakout	Sessions	
                                                                          	 9:00	a.m.	-	11:35	a.m.		                                                                                                                                                                     School	Association	(NMSA)	for	seven	years	and	was	President	of	the	organization	in	2005-06.	Patti	is	an		
	 8:00	a.m.	-	9:15	a.m.		 Second	General	Session	                                   Final	Celebration	&	Door	Prizes
                                                                          	11:45	a.m.	-	12:15	p.m.		                                                                                                                                                                     accomplished	speaker	and	has	keynoted	and	presented	at	numerous	state,	national,	and	international		
	9:30	a.m.	-	12:05	p.m.		 Breakout	Sessions	                                                                                                  Annette Breaux (Keynote Speaker — Boulder)                                                                                 conferences	over	the	years.		
	12:00	p.m.	-	1:30	p.m.		 Door	Prizes	&	Lunch	                                                                                                Annette	L.	Breaux	is	one	of	the	most	entertaining	and	informative	authors	and	speakers	in	the	field	of	education.	         	
	 1:30	p.m.	-	2:40	p.m.		 Breakout	Sessions	            “I have been coming to Nuts & Bolts with our teachers                                 Her	message	is	one	of	practicality	and	personality	in	teaching,	of	feeling	and	healing	in	touching	students’	lives,	       Dr. Anthony Limoges (Presenter — Destin)
                                                                for five years. We have grown personally as a result of                       and	of	common	sense	and	creative	teaching	strategies.	Her	writings	and	presentations	generate	instant	impact	              Dr.	Anthony	Limoges	supervises	a	multitude	of	specialized	programs	as	a	principal	with	the	San	Diego	County	
                                                                                                                                              on	the	relationship	between	teachers	and	students.	Annette	teamed	with	Dr.	Harry	K.	Wong	to	coauthor	a	book	               Office	of	Education,	Juvenile	Court	and	Community	Schools.	His	expertise	and	passion	is	for	serving	at-risk	youth	
                                                                that commitment, and we feel that our district has been                       on	new	teacher	induction.	Her	expertise	is	in	student	achievement,	classroom	management,	and	new	teacher	                  dealing	with	gangs,	substance	abuse,	teen	pregnancy,	diversity,	juvenile	justice,	drop-outs,	and	achievement	
                                                                strengthened by what we’ve learned and experienced. ”                         induction.	Her	other	books	include	“101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors”	and	“REAL Teachers, REAL               issues.	He	brings	valuable	experiences	from	rural,	suburban,	and	urban	schools		—	teaching	and	leading	middle	
                                                                                                      Dr. JoJean Callison                     Challenges, REAL Solutions.”                                                                                               and	high	school	students	and	staff	in	public,	private,	traditional,	and	alternative	settings.	He	is	also	the	co-author	
                                                                                                   Whittier Middle School                                                                                                                                                of	the	new	book,	Bricks	and	Bridges.	As	a	conference	and	staff	development	presenter,	he	
                                                                                                                                              Dr. Sharon Faber (Destin)                                                                                                  offers	vivid,	humorous,	and	insightful	stories,	practical	ideas,	and	a	contagious	message	of	hope.	
                                                                                                                                              A	nationally-recognized	presenter	and	consultant,	Dr.	Faber	has	been	a	teacher,	assistant	principal,	principal,	           	
                                                                                                                                              English	and	Reading	Supervisor,	Director	of	Leadership	Training,	and	Middle	School	Facilitator.	She	has	also	              Melba Richardson (Presenter — Destin)
                                                Boulder Agenda                                                                                been	a	professor	at	the	University	of	North	Carolina	and	Belmont	Abbey	College.	She	has	written	extensively	in	
                                                                                                                                              the	areas	of	literacy	and	leadership	at	the	middle	and	high	school	levels	and	authored	the	books,	How to Teach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         With	over	twenty-eight	years	of	experience	working	with	middle	school	students,	Melba	Richardson	served	as	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         principal	of	Saint	James	Middle	School	in	Alabama	for	nine	years	where	she	impletmented	true	middle	school	
                          Student Achievement Symposium                                                                                       Reading When You’re Not a Reading Teacher,	How to Teach Academic Vocabulary,	and	several	teaching-tips	foldouts.	
                                                                                                                                              Noted	for	her	high-energy	level,	practicality,	and	her	humor,	Sharon	has	motivated	and	inspired	teachers	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         concepts.	Now	as	Head	of	School	she	brings	innovation	into	all	grades	K-12	just	as	she	did	in	the	middle	school.	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         She	currently	serves	as	Alabama’s	delegate	on	the	NMSA’s	Public	Relations	Network,	is	regional	director	of	the	Al-
                                                                                                                                              administrators	throughout	the	United	States	and	Canada.	                                                                   abama	Middle	School	Association,	and	is	the	Past-President	of	the	Alabama	Association	of	Middle	Level	Adminis-
                                                                                                                                              	                                                                                                                          trators.	Her	success	at	creating	a	positive	school	climate	is	the	result	of	combining	her	love	and	understanding	of	
Thursday-July 28	                                                         Saturday-July 30                                                    Dr. Bill McBride (Keynote Speaker — Boulder)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         children	with	the	insight	she	brings	to	the	faculty,	students,	and	parents.
	 8:00	a.m.	-	4:00	p.m.		     Registration,	Bookstore	Open	               	    7:15	a.m.	-	3:30	p.m.		   Bookstore	Open	                      Bill	McBride	is	a	well-known	national	speaker,	educator,	and	author.	A	former	middle	and	high	school	teacher	
	 8:30	a.m.	-	11:30	a.m.		    Pre-Conference	Sessions	(additional	fee)	   	    7:15	a.m.	-	8:15	a.m.		   Breakfast	                           and	reading	specialist,	Bill	presently	trains	teachers	both	nationally	and	internationally	in	content	area	reading	        Dr. Monte Selby (Presenter – Boulder)
	11:30	a.m.	-	12:15	p.m.		    Lunch	on	your	own	                          	    8:15	a.m.	-	9:30	a.m.		   Third	General	Session	               methodologies,	student	motivation,	and	teaching	to	gender	differences.	He	is	also	known	for	his	heartwarming	              Dr.	Monte	Selby’s	distinctive	work	is	internationally	applauded.	He	is	a	popular	keynote	speaker,		co-author	of	
	 12:15	p.m.	-	3:15	p.m.		    Pre-Conference	Sessions	(additional	fee)	   	   9:45	a.m.	-	12:20	p.m.		   Breakout	Sessions	                   novel	Entertaining an Elephant.	Already	in	its	eighteenth	printing	and	used	by	school	districts	across	the	nation,	        seven	books,	columnist,	and	songwriter/recording	artist	with	five	critically	acclaimed	albums.	His	comical	and	
	 3:30	p.m.	-	4:45	p.m.		     Opening	General	Session	                    	   12:20	p.m.	-	1:30	p.m.		   Door	Prizes	&	Lunch	                 the	book	tells	the	moving	story	of	a	burned-out	teacher	who	becomes	re-inspired	with	both	his	profession	and	              insightful	music	(featured	on	network	television,	radio,	podcasts,	stage	productions,	and	videos)	is	cultivated	
	 4:45	p.m.	-	6:15	p.m.		     Welcome	Reception                           	    1:30	p.m.	-	2:40	p.m.		   Breakout	Sessions	                   his	life.	His	other	books	include	Building Literacy in Social Studies,	If They Can Argue Well, They Can Write Well,	and	   from	an	award-winning	career	as	a	teacher,	principal,	and	professor.
                                                                          	                3:00	p.m.		   Networking	Activities	               his	latest	book,	the	much	anticipated	sequel	to Entertaining an Elephant,	entitled	Carrying a Load of Feathers.
Friday-July 29                                                            	    9:00	p.m.	-	1:00	a.m.		   DJ	Party	Time	at	the	Omni	Tap	Room                                                                                                                              Dedra Stafford (Presenter — Destin, Boulder)
	 7:15	a.m.	-	3:30	p.m.		     Registration,	Bookstore	Open	                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dedra	Stafford	is	an	internationally	recognized	consultant	and	author.	She	creates	entertaining,	hands-on	work-
	 7:15	a.m.	-	8:15	a.m.		     Breakfast	                                  Sunday-July 31                                                      Mark McLeod (Presenter — Destin, Keynote Speaker — Boulder)                                                                shops	that	get	educators	energized	and	excited	about	teaching.	As	a	former	classroom	teacher,	she	understands	
	 8:15	a.m.	-	9:45	a.m.		     Second	General	Session	                     	 7:15	a.m.	-	12:30	p.m.		     Bookstore	Open	                      Known	for	his	dynamic	and	motivating	presentations,	Mark	McLeod	was	formerly	principal	of	Collins	Middle	                  the	need	for	practical	ideas	that	can	be	implemented	immediately.	In	addition	to	presenting	at	conferences	
	 10:00	a.m.	-	11:10	a.m.		   Breakout	Sessions	                          	 7:15	a.m.	-	8:15	a.m.		      Continental	Breakfast	               School	in	Collins,	MS.	He	is	currently	a	fulltime	motivational	speaker,	professional	development	instructor,	and	          across	the	nation,	she	is	a	dedicated	board	member	of	the	Oklahoma	Middle	Level	Education	Association	and	
	11:10	a.m.	-	12:25	p.m.		    Door	Prizes,	&	Lunch	                       	 8:15	a.m.	-	9:00	a.m.		      Fourth	General	Session	              educational	consultant.	Recognized	as	one	of	Mississippi’s	top	school	administrators,	Mark	has	shared	his		                a	NMSA	on-site	cadre	member.	Dedra	is	passionate	about	middle	level	education	and	will	energize	participants	
	 12:25	p.m.	-	3:00	p.m.		    Breakout	Sessions	                          	 9:15	a.m.	-	11:50	a.m.		     Breakout	Sessions	                   expertise	at	state	and	national	conferences	and	conducted	many	workshops	and	keynotes	for	schools	and	                     with	new	and	innovative	ways	to	reach	and	teach	the	students	of	today.
	               3:15	p.m.		   Networking	Activities                       	12:00	p.m.	-	12:30	p.m.		     Final	Celebration	&	Door	Prizes      districts	throughout	the	United	States.			As	an	award-winning	teacher	and	administrator,	his	enthusiastic	and	
                                                                                                                                              encouraging	presentations	leave	participants	inspired	to	plant	seeds	of	success	in	their	students.                         Randy Thompson (Presenter — Destin)	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Randy	Thompson	has	been	a	teacher	and/or	administrator	at	both	the	Middle	School	and	High	School	levels,	
                                                                              “Excellent! Presenters are very approachable,                                                                                                                                              and	has	been	recognized	a	Teacher	of	the	Year.	As	a	Middle	School	principal	in	Florida	and	Michigan,	Randy	
                                                                              even one-on-one. They are wonderful and the                     Dr. Debbie Silver (Keynote Speaker — Destin)                                                                               lead	the	transition	of	two	traditional	junior	high	schools	to	becoming	true	middle	schools	receiving	state	and	
                                                                                                                                              Debbie	Silver	is	an	award-winning	educator	and	humorist	with	30	years	experience	as	a	classroom	teacher,	                  national	recognition.	Randy	has	become	a	bestselling	author	and	is	known	for	turning	brain	research	into	
                                                                              reason why I bring many staff members.”                         staff	development	instructor,	and	university	professor.	Her	numerous	recognitions	include	being	named	the	                 practical	strategies	for	teachers	and	administrators.	Randy	is	now	a	consultant	and	is	known	for	helping	schools	
                                                                                                           Kathy Sooter, Logan                Louisiana	State	Teacher	of	the	Year.	Along	the	way	she	has	taught	almost	every	grade	level	and	almost	every	kind	          become	Brain	Compatible	Schools	that	consistently	reduce	their	discipline	referrals	by	more	than	half	and	raise	
                                                                                                        Junior High, Topeka, KS               of	student.	Dr.	Silver	has	been	an	invited	author	for	several	educational	journals	and	has	given	keynotes	at	state,	       test	scores	by	double	digits.		
                                                                                                                                              national,	and	international	conferences	in	49	states,	Canada,	Europe,	Asia	and	the	United	Emirates.	Debbie’s	book,	        	
                                                                                                                                              Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning,	is	a	best	seller;	and	         Chris Toy (Presenter — Boulder)
                                                                                                                                              songs	she	co-wrote	with	Monte	Selby	are	featured	on	his	CDs.                                                               Chris	has	over	30	years	of	experience	as	a	high	school	teacher,	middle	level	principal,	university	instructor,	con-

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sultant,	presenter,	and	writer.	His	work	has	been	published	by	NASSP,	NAESP,	NMSA,	Meridian	Online	Journal,	and	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         MiddleWeb.	Clients	include	the	National	Middle	School	Association,	Apple	Education	in	the	US,	Canada,	Europe,	
                                                                                                                                              Rick Wormeli (Keynote Speaker — Destin)                                                                                    and	Asia,	and	the	State	of	Maine	DOE.	His	interactive	style	reflects	his	belief	that	teachers	and	administrators	

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                                                                                                                                              One	of	the	first	Nationally	Board	Certified	teachers	in	America,	Rick	brings	innovation,	energy,	validity,	and	high	       must	“Walk	the	Talk”	and	model	what	they	want	to	see	from	students,	colleagues	and	faculties.		
                                                                                                                                              standards	to	both	his	presentations	and	his	instructional	practice,	which	includes	more	than	twenty	years		                	
                                                                                                                                              teaching	math,	science,	English,	health,	and	history.	Rick’s	work	has	been	reported	in	numerous	media,	including	          	
                                                                                                                                              ABC’s	Good Morning America,	National Geographic	and	Good Housekeeping	magazines,	What Matters Most: Teach-

                                                                                                                                              ing for the 21st Century,	and	the	Washington Post.	He	is	a	columnist	for	the	National	Middle	School	Association’s	         Janet Vernon (Presenter — Boulder)
                                                                                                                                              Middle Ground	magazine	and	is	the	author	of	several	award-winning	books.	Rick	is	a	veteran	of	many	Interna-                Known	as	a	mentor	for	middle	level	teachers	and	administrators,	Janet	Vernon’s	candid	demeanor	and		
                                                                                                                                              tional	Web	casts,	and	he	is	Disney’s	American	Teacher	Awards’	1996	Outstanding	English	Teacher	of	the	Nation.	             humorous	presentation	style	have	made	her	a	favorite	at	middle	school	conferences	in	the	South.		
                                                                                                                                              	                                                                                                                          She	has	taught	middle	school	English,	science,	social	studies,	and	reading	and	is	currently	the	Executive		
                We have listened to our participants and added a specialize                                                                                                                                                                                              Director	of	Teaching	and	Learning	in	Oklahoma	City	Public	Schools.	Janet	has	served	on	the	Oklahoma	Middle	
                strand for 9th Grade Academy at both locations. Nuts & Bolts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Level	Educators’	Association	and	is	the	Past-President	of	NMSA	after	serving	as	the	South	Region	Trustee	for		
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         six	years.
                now address the unique challenges of educating the youn                                                                       Kim Campbell (Presenter — Boulder)                                                                                         	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Shannon M. Vincent, Ph.D.(Presenter — Destin, Boulder)
                adolescent in an Academy setting. Sign up and   learn from                                                                    Kim	Campbell	has	been	a	middle	level	geography	teacher	for	17	years.	Currently,	she	is	a	part-time	secondary	
                                                                                                                                              mentor	teacher	who	assists	new	teachers	in	her	district,	a	part-time	seventh	grade	geography	teacher,	and	                 Dr.	Shannon	Vincent	is	the	principal	at	Trent	Lott	6th	grade	Academy	in	the	Pascagoula	School	District	and		
                experts and practitioners in the trenches and take your                                                                       the	founder	and	coordinator	of	an	afterschool	program	for	students	living	in	poverty	called	S.O.A.R.	(Students	
                                                                                                                                              On	Academic	Rise).	In	2004,	Kim	was	a	semi-finalist	for	Minnesota	Teacher	of	the	Year,	and	in	2007	received	the	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         an	on-line	adjunct	professor	at	Grand	Canyon	University.	Shannon	also	serves	as	the	Past-President	of	the	Mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sissippi	Association	for	Middle	Level	Education	(MAMLE)	.	Shannon	earned	an	Educational	Specialist	Degree	in	
                Academy to the next level!                                                                                                    Channel	9	Fox	News	Teacher	of	the	Year	Award.	She	has	been	published	in	the	New England Journal for Middle
                                                                                                                                              Schools	on	literacy	strategies	across	content	areas	and	has	recently	published	a	book	on	closing	the	achievement	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Educational	Administration	and	Supervision,	and	a	Ph.D.	in	Educational	Leadership	–	Dissertation	Topic:	African	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         American	Male	Students	at	the	Middle	School	Level	and	Disciplinary	Related	Infractions.
                                                                                                                                              gap	called	A Handbook for Closing the Achievement Gap.	Kim	continues	to	present	and	consult	across	the	country	
                                                                                                                                              using	sessions	that	are	known	to	be	practical,	motivational,	and	humorous.	

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