2017 Concurrent Sessions

On March 5th, 6th, and 7th we provided over 150 hour-long interest sessions on a broad variety of topics relevant to middle-level education. Choose from topics like Accountability, “Closing the Gap,” Classroom Management, Leadership, Organizational Structure, Safety and Discipline, Integrating Technology, Teaching Special Populations, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Student Services, Teaming, Advisor/Advisee, the Role of the Arts, Teaching in an Instructional Block, “Schools to Watch,” Professional Development, Inclusion, content-specific presentations in ALL major areas, and much, much more.



2017 Keynote Speakers

Baruti Kafele

Award-winning principal, internationally-renowned education speaker, and best-selling author, Principal Kafele is on fire! He’s on a personal mission to close the ATTITUDE GAP, the world over.

A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education, and U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after education speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. His newest book is titled, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success.

Jack Berkemeyer

A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching, he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise of the middle-level adolescent to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All Teacher Team.

Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight to the nature of the young adolescent.



Plus other special guests from NC and around the country brought you the latest strategies to help your class and school succeed!

Countdown to Greensboro

NCMLE’s Annual Conference is recognized as one of the nation’s premier conferences for middle-level educators. If your school works with early adolescents in grades five, six, seven, or eight, then you won’t want to miss this event!

The conference typically draws educators from across North Carolina and over a dozen states and several countries. In 2015, even with the continuing state budget crunch, over 1200 educators from across NC and 15 other states were in attendance, and we hope you’ll join us next March to learn, network and share.


The Sheraton Greensboro Hotel also has an online reservation system. Click here to reserve a hotel room. Use the Sheraton’s secure on-line Reservation System or Call the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at (800) 242-6556. Be sure to ask for the Middle School Association room block and reduced room rate.

  1. Register Now (Sept 1-Ticket sales begin)
  2. Register to Present a 2018 Breakout Session (opening soon)
  3. 2018 Conference Schedule
  4. 2018 Conference Program
  5. 2018 Conference Program Update Insert (3/4/18)
  6. 2018 Exhibitor Information 


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