California League of Middle Schools Annual Conference (CLMS Annual Conferen)

Venue: Town & Country Resort

Location: San Diego, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 17, 2005 End Date/Time: Mar 20, 2005
Registration Date: Feb 28, 2005
Early Registration Date: Jan 15, 2005
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Join thousands of your colleagues for the largest middle-level event in the state!


Professional Development
More than 300 workshop sessions are focused on increasing middle level educators’ knowledge of instructional strategies, content areas and school improvement models. Sessions are presented in spacious rooms and divided into strands so you may either concentrate on an area of emphasis or sample from a variety of topics.

Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage
This California program identifies high-performing middle schools to serve as models in the areas of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and reform-oriented structuring. Teams from the 2005 model schools explain how their practical solutions for all of these categories assist all learners.

School Visitations
Spend Friday morning with colleagues at an outstanding area school. Innovative programs and practices will be showcased.

Focus Sessions
Education experts will present 2 ½ hour focus sessions offering in-depth exploration of issues vital to the middle level environment.

Pre-Conference Sessions
Bill McBride and Ron Klemp will present practical middle level literacy sessions; Bill Lombard will offer algebra-teaching tips for reaching all learners.

Educator of the Year Dinner
Join the celebration as 11 of the most talented educators in the state are honored for their contributions to middle level education. Tickets to this exciting gala are available at conference registration.

Job Fair
The job fair is open to all conference participants and will take place on Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm. If you are interested in meeting representatives from middle schools and districts across California, this is your networking opportunity.

Special Events and Networking
These events provide opportunities for informal networking:
- Exhibit hall and region receptions
- Dances on Friday and Saturday nights
- Fun Run on Sunday morning
- Scheduled roundtable and panel discussions, plus informal gathering areas for exchanging ideas with colleagues

Exhibit Hall
Over 150 booths will showcase educational products and services such as textbooks, field trips, software, fundraising programs and school logo wear.

Keynote Speakers

Jack Berckemeyer
Assistant Executive Director
National Middle School Association
Friday, March 18
In addition to his seasoned expertise in national middle level issues, NMSA’s Jack Berckemeyer is known for his high-energy and humorous presentations to middle level audiences on practical ways to motivate young adolescents. As a former eight-year veteran teacher, he understands the joys and frustrations of middle school. Jack will discuss Middle Level Education: Living It, Loving It and Laughing About It.

Larry Bell
Education Consultant
Saturday, March 19
A graduate of The Citadel, Larry Bell spent 15 years in the classroom, where he was recognized for his innovative classroom strategies that allowed “tough kids” and “gifted and talented kids” to excel. He then worked as a county supervisor of multicultural education before becoming an education consultant in the U.S. and South Africa. Larry will share research-based strategies for closing the achievement gap.

Pre-Conference Sessions
Thursday, March 17, 2004

Literacy Strand
Energize Your Students’ Content Area Reading
Bill McBride, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, $60
In this interactive session led by Bill McBride − teacher, consultant and author of the education novel Entertaining an Elephant − you’ll discover practical, research-based strategies that actively involve students in content area reading. Come prepared to be inspired and have fun.

Cooperative Literacy: Socializing Learning for Adolescents
Ron Klemp, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, $60
Developed by literacy specialist Ron Klemp, “Cooperative Literacy” addresses the social and cognitive demands of literacy through an effective classroom organizational structure. Learn how to implement this innovative system in your middle level classroom.

Math Strand
Algebra Thinking Activities for ALL Your Low Achievers
Bill Lombard, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, $60
All students can be successful in algebra. Join Bill Lombard − prolific author, speaker and math teacher − in an interactive session that explores activities that lead to motivation and understanding. Easily customizable activities that work for any class will be provided.

A Cost-Effective Conference
You CAN afford to take your staff to this professional development event! As a nonprofit organization, CLMS is committed to keeping your costs low in this time of education budget cuts:
- Staff development funds are available
- Discounted early conference registration fees
- Hotel rooms priced lower than two year ago

Registration, workshops, and the exhibit hall will all be held at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego.

San Diego features world-famous attractions such as SeaWorld Adventure Park, The World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Legoland California, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park. There are approximately 70 miles of sun-drenched, white-sand beaches and over 85 beautiful and challenging golf courses in San Diego County. Discover San Diego’s history by visiting Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town, Cabrillo National Monument, the Gaslamp Quarter, or the region's missions.


500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego
United States

Additional Information

CONFERENCE RATES Before November 15, 2004: $199 members/$259 non-members Before January 15, 2005: $219 members/$279 non-members After January 15, 2005: $229 members/$289 non-members ACCOMMODATIONS The Town & Country Resort: (619) 291-7131, $125 single/double, plus tax 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 Reservations must be made through the conference hotels directly. To ensure low conference rates, make your room reservations before January 3, 2005. TRAVEL Visit the Southwest Airlines website at for great airfares to San Diego, or for assistance booking air travel, call AMT Travel Centers at (800) 999-2599.