What advisors are saying . . .
I really appreciate the thought and work that went into this event. The presenters were real and didn't sugarcoat the topics, which was refreshing. It sparked a lot of good conversation among my students past the conference!
If a middle school staff is caught up in the "prep for the test" and "complete the curriculum" doldrums, OneDay will help them to reconnect with the purpose they are middle school teachers in the first place. It is a great reminder that our students need to be heard - "No Voice No Value." Teens are dealing with issues that overshadow academics. Middle school staff may need to be reminded of the importance of giving students time and space to be heard. I did need it! I am convinced all of my students will benefit from what I learned by chaperoning my students at OneDay and participating as an advisor.
This was my first Middle School Leadership Conference and boy did I learn A LOT!!! Please no changes. The presenters established a rapport with the entire group from the beginning. I was mesmerized watching how they got into the heads of this diverse group of middle schoolers. They bring exactly what is needed. It was a good reminder for me that "everything academic" will lead to disengagement sooner or later. Interjecting humor, anecdotes, personal stories or just a bit of silly humor WORKS! The presenters did just enough to put the students at ease. Midway through the morning, it was clear to me that the students who had arrived that morning with a pep in their step and smile on their faces were veterans and knew they were in for a treat.
Our students were able to implement a school-wide event which was generated from the ideas received at the conference.
Any school interested in or deciding whether or not to attend with their students ... DO IT! Our students left feeling heard and empowered to make a difference and lead NOW! As a teacher attending, it helped me to hear the voice of my students and to know how to better equip them in leading.
The two leaders were a great balance for the kids and kept everything relevant to their age level. They made the students feel like the issues they deal with matter and aren't insignificant because they are young!
During the last segment Tim stopped by the table and spoke with my group about their project. He gave them some suggestions on getting started and words of encouragement. I have taught these students since they were in 6th grade and I could tell he awakened something deep inside of each one of them. One of them said, "Wow, that was good!"