3rd Annual Middle School Virtual Conference

  • Marvelous Super Teacher 2020 Texas State Teacher of the Year Michelle Sandoval




    ESC19 invites you to the Third Annual Middle School Conference Bridges to Success- ONLINE.

    This unique conference will focus on the latest topics and issues related to middle school education (grades 5-9) and adolescent learners. 

    It is an opportunity to engage in shared learning and discussion that will help support our efforts in providing an excellent learning environment for our adolescent students.

    The conference invites all the great minds in administration, teaching, and instructional facilitation to attend this exciting learning and networking opportunity.


    Conference Details:


    • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    • 8 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Session #189362
    • Register through Click & Learn
    • Fee: $50 (before Feb. 1)
    • Fee: $65 (after Feb. 1)
    • Group Pricing Available:
      • $40 for 11-25 participants
      • $30 for 26+ participants
      • PLUS, every school will gets 5 free passes for parents to participate in the conference for every 10 teachers they register.


    Intended Audience:

    Teacher 6-8
    Teacher-5th Grade


    Credit Available:

    (6) CPE
    (6) Contact Hours


    Focus Areas:

    Dimension 1.1: Standards and Alignment, Dimension 1.2: Data and Assessment, Dimension 1.4: Activities, Dimension 2.2: Content Knowledge and Expertise, Dimension 2.4: Differentiation, Dimension 3.1: Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures, Dimension 4.3: Professional Development


    Additional Conference Details:


    • Access to Free Resources
    • Engaging Hands-On Strategies for Your Classroom
    • Student Stories
    • Door Prizes
    • Over 20 Breakout Sessions Available (See Program for full details)


    Keynote Speaker:


    2019-2020 Texas State & ESC19 Teacher of the Year Michelle Sandoval Villegas.


    Screenshot of Social Media Post with Teacher of the Year Michelle Sandoval, student thanking her for helping him pass STAAR     Michelle Sandival accepting Teacher of the Year Award from ESC19 admin


    Parkland Middle School, 8th grade Math Teacher, 12 years teaching


    Click Here to watch her inspiring message to teachers at the 2020 Teacher of the Year Online Awards Celebration, Aug. 2019.

Why Middle School Matters

  • "The middle grades may be the most important years in a child’s education, the 'most fertile years,' according to Balfanz. It is during this time that students ask and answer for themselves, 'Is schooling for me?'"

    "...educators need to be much more intentional about how we serve our early adolescents, paying attention to what he described as the ABCs:  chronic absenteeism, behavioral problems, and low course grades in middle school. According to his June 2009 middle school policy and practice brief, the earlier students develop off-track indicators, the lower their graduation odds appear to be."

    -Recognizing Education’s Middle School Syndrome (https://blog.ed.gov/2011/05/recognizing-education%E2%80%99s-middle-school-syndrome/)


    "'If you are the warm, nurturing, motherly, grandmotherly type, you are made for early childhood education. If you love math or science or English, then you are the high school type. If you love bungee jumping, then you are the middle school type.' 

    -The Middle School Mess (https://www.educationnext.org/the-middle-school-mess/)


    "Middle grades are the last best chance to identify students at risk of academic failure and get them back on track in time to succeed in high school. "

    "Success in key subjects in the middle grades is a strong predictor of success in high school and beyond. "

    -Gaining Grounds in the Middle Grades (https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED508674.pdf)