Save the Date!! PAMLE will be hosting a two-day Summer Institute June 27 – 28, 2016 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Mt. Nittany Middle School, State College, PA. Featured presenters include Judy Brough, author of "Teach My Kid. I Dare You" and the 2012 AMLE John H. Loundsbury Award for distinguished service and Brian Kelley, Charles F. Patton Middle School Creative Writing Teacher, author and presenter. The cost is $199 with discounts for multiple school members. Click here for a detailed schedule of sessions for this event!
The PAMLE/PASAP State Conference was another great event! Thanks to all the organizers, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, The Penn Stater, and - most importantly - the attendees for their support of PAMLE and middle level students. You can view all the happenings at PAMLE 2016 (as well as find other great resources) here on our website as well as on the PAMLE Facebook page and at @PAMLEorg on Twitter. Just follow the hashtag #PAMLE2016. And check out all the great photos from the 2016 Conference right here!
If you have not done so already, please make sure to take a moment to complete the evaluation forms here as they are so important in providing us feedback about the speakers, the sessions and the event in general.
PAMLE is so proud to be celebrating its 35th annual conference! PAMLE is the leading advocate for middle level education in PA, promoting and enhancing the role of middle level education by promoting best instructional practices for young adolescents. We'll see you again at next year's Conference and thanks for supporting PAMLE!
Six more exemplary Middle Grades Schools in Pennsylvania have been named PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” (PA STW) as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform: Bentworth Middle School, Highlands Middle School, Ingomar Middle School, Radnor Middle School, South Fayette Middle School and Wilson Southern Middle School. These six schools join 28 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. The six newest schools as well as the six re-designated schools will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College on February 28. Read the complete STW press release right here.
The Southeast Region is sponsoring a professional development opportunity for principals on March 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Gwynedd Mercy University. Come network with principals from the Philadelphia region and learn about current legal issues and solutions for schools and principals. The presenter will be Kim R. Smith, a member of the Education Law group of Barley Snyder, Attorneys at Law.There is no cost for this event and lunch will be provided by Gwynedd Mercy University. RSVP for the event using this link.
Grants from GenerationON
There's lots going on at generationOn in 2016! Check out what's coming up and apply for a grant today!
Federal Flash: Udate from DC
It's a Congressional Christmas Gift! Congress has finally agreed on funding levels for education programs, and the Department of Education’s process for issuing regulations on the new Every Student Succeeds Act is underway. Find out the details on today’s Federal Flash as well as past updates at the Alliance for Excellent Education's YouTube channel.
And now that Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is law (replacing the No Child Left Behind Act) when does it go into effect? And what happens with NCLB and NCLB waivers? Find out all you need to know at the Alliance for Excellent Education's new webpage on ESSA at www.all4ed.org/essa.
PAMLE SE Regional ConferencE
PAMLE SE Region hosted an outstanding professional development event entitled, “Middle School: More Than A Name On A Building” on November 3 at Springfield HS. Over 75 participants were treated to a great day of middle school topics, networking and sharing. Thanks to ET Richardson Principal Dan Tracy and Bruce Vosburgh for leading this event and a big thank you to the Springfield School District for hosting!
PAMLE PARTNERS WITH FIVE STAR
The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education announces its partnership with Five-Star Technology Solutions. Five-Star is not just another technology company! Five-Star Pivot provides schools a powerful tool for continuous school improvement. Click here to find out more!
Great Advisory Programs
According to This We Believe by the Association of Middle Level Education, “Everyday, millions of diverse, rapidly changing 10- to 15-year-olds make critical and complex life choices and form the attitudes, values, and dispositions that will direct their behavior as adults. Check out these great examples of Advisory Programs from PAMLE's Northwest Region. Want more middle level strategies? Join PAMLE to access our Members’ Only section.
2016 LEadership Summit
We are excited to announce that four of the leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association, PA Association of School Administrators, PA Association for Middle Level Education & PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) have joined forces to offer a new and exciting conference in the Summer of 2016. We also have support from PDE and the Secretary of Education for this event.
The 2016 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College on July 24-26, 2016. We anticipate that this will be the signature conference for educational leaders in PA next year and for numerous years to come.
The conference committee is currently seeking requests for proposals for the small group sessions that will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016. We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute the attached RFP (see link below) and encourage your colleagues to submit a proposal for consideration.
Click here to register for this event
Click here for the informational letter.
Click here for the RFP (for speaker proposals)
Western Region ConferenceOn January 18, 2016, Quaker Valley Middle School will host the annual Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) Conference for the Western Region. The focus and theme of this conference is, Creating a Culture of Thinking. We are very excited to welcome our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ron Ritchhart, renowned educator, researcher and author from Harvard University and Project Zero. His plenary session is something that you and your teachers will not want to miss! This professional development conference is not only extremely beneficial to all middle level educators, but it is also low cost - just $10 per attendee! We encourage you all to consider sending some (or all) of your middle school teachers to this conference. To register, email Anthony J. Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 412-749-5079. AND we are looking for presenters! Download a presenter application form right here!
PAMLE Members-Only Section
Interested in handouts from past conferences, videos, and examples of Best Practices for middle level, as well as additional information? Log into the MEMBERS section of the website. Click on the “Members” menu at the top left-hand side of the page .If you don't know your login information, simple email email@example.com to receive your login number and password.
Book Study Opportunity
If you’re looking for a professional development opportunity, why not start a book study with your teachers? This latest edition of "What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know" by Dave F. Brown, Ed. D. and Trudy Knowles, Ed. D. provides an opportunity for experienced and novice educators to read about and discuss their students’ needs and how to respond to them based on both research and practical strategies as suggested by Brown and Knowles. If your school is a PAMLE member and purchases at least 20 or more copies of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (3rd ed.) (available at www.heinemann.com), co-author, Dave F. Brown, will come to your school and talk to teachers and administrators. Click here for more information on the this unique professional development opportunity.
AMLE Legacy Videos
The Middle Level Legacy video series documents the history of a major educational reform in American Education: the Middle School Movement. Check out these videos from AMLE.
PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
Members can access the new PAMLE website by clicking the LOGIN icon on the top left of this page. Use the email address you have on file with PAMLE and the same password you used at the old website. If you don't know your password, you can click on "Forgot Password" to reset your password. Building administrators - to give website access to members in your building, send a spreadsheet list of your building members and their email addresses to Paul Meck at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will upload your members to the website and the system will then send your members instructions on how to login to the website. Any questions, contact email@example.com. We apologize for any delays in responding to questions about membership and login as we transition to our new website. Thank you!!
Be Caring. Be Compassionate.
Stories of the impact service has on young people across the country and the globe are abundant. The lessons that youth learn from service - caring, compassion and the life skills needed to make a difference - are at the heart of what we do at generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light. In order to continue this work, we need your financial support for our generationOn Kids Care Clubs, Service Clubs, innovative campaigns, school partnerships and youth leadership programs. We hope you will support us as we continue developing the next generation of changemakers in 2016. Please consider giving $25, $50 or $100 to support generationOn's goal of inspiring, equipping and mobilizing 1 million kids and teens to make their mark on the world through service.
From The Desk of Dan Tracy
Check out this wonderful collection of end-of-year ideas as well as thoughts for summer and next year, from ET Richardson principal and PAMLE Southeast Region president, Dan Tracy.
The AMLE/PAMLE Dual Individual Membership is just $69.99 and a Dual Institutional Membership for your whole building is just $299! Click here for a dual individual application and click here for a dual institutional membership application form. Benefits include:
Webinars from AMLE
Check out the great series of webinars from AMLE! All webinars are an exclusive benefit for AMLE members. View them live or watch the many recorded webinars in the archive.