Registration for the 2015 PAMLE-PASAP State Conference is now open!

This year will mark PASAP’s 25th and PAMLE’s 34th Annual Conferences. This conference again promises to be one of our most exciting and rewarding with keynote and workshop presentations focusing on the current and key issues that face our youth today. We continue to strive to deliver meaningful, skill and prevention based professional development opportunities that will provide participants with the tools to, in turn, affect student learning, achievement, and life success.
Our theme continues to be "One Student at a Time," which speaks to the important work we all do every day to support the children of our Commonwealth. As with the poignant story of the young person throwing the starfish back into the ocean one by one, Student Assistance Professionals and Middle Level Educators do make a difference for each and every child, every day.

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.
AMLE/PAMLE Dual Membership!
This just in! New AMLE/PAMLE Dual Memberships! 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:
  • PAMLE/AMLE Professional Membership level benefits for one low price
  • Access to annual state middle level conference and regional conferences
  • 80% savings on AMLE print periodical subscriptions
  • AMLE Magazine online and tablet editions, Middle School Journal online edition
  • AMLE Newsletter (24 e-mailed issues)
  • Access to all member-exclusive PAMLE and AMLE Webinars
  • Discounted at all PAMLE/AMLE conference and event registrations
  • Up to 60% savings in the AMLE store
And don't forget that the 2015 PAMLE/PASAP Conference is February 22-24, 2015 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. The cost is only $275 for a full conference registration (3 Days)
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PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
Outstanding Educator Awards
Is there an outstanding administrator and/or teacher in your district that you would like to nominate to receive an award at the PAMLE Conference in February? If so, consider nominating them for the PAMLE Outstanding Administrator Award or the Ann Moniot Outstanding Teacher Award. Applications can be found by going to the enclosed link. All nominations are due on or before December 15. Visit the Awards page for more information! Also check out the Outstanding Student Teacher and Promising Practitioner Recognitions and nominate someone for those recognitions.
GenerationOn November Newsletter
The holiday season is just around the corner! Whether you celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, or are looking towards family time at Thanksgiving and the renewal the New Year brings, November and December are excellent months to use service as a tool to think deeply with our students about the connection we have to others all year long.
This month's newsletter features a wealth of resources to use with your students, ways to engage through service, and opportunities to reflect and give meaning to experiences that will last in students' memories throughout the year. Enjoy!
Principal Effectiveness System
PAESSP Executive Director, Dr. Paul Healey, requests that PDE alter the implementation of the Principal Effectiveness System for 2014-15. PDE is being asked to immediately consider suspending the Correlation piece (15%) for the 2014-15 school year and make it optional this year along with the elective/SLO piece and require it for 2015-16 instead. Read the entire press release right here.
AMLE Webinars
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.
Pennsylvania Learns Initiative
PAESSP proudly partnered with PDE on a new initiative known as Pennsylvania Learns. PA Learns combines the latest technologies with rich and relevant content and offers educators a vital resource in delivering lessons and courses to students. The material is available FREE of charge to educators and is hosted on iTunesU which is accessible by downloading the app on your iPad or iPhone. Once in iTunesU, you simply search for Pennsylvania Learns and the courses will populate. For more details, visit the PAESSP website.
PAMLE on Twitter
PAMLE is on Twitter! Tweet us at @PAMLEorg! Use Twitter to get connected with other educators - try following a few educators to start or search the many chat hashtags related to education (like #mschat) And don't forget to like us on Facebook, too!
From Horace Mann
Enjoy some "Classroom FUN•DA•MENTALS" from Horace Mann. We get educators. Draw on our experience. To learn more contact your local agent or visit
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.
Dr. McCalla Published
PAMLE would like to congratulate Dr. Tracy L. McCalla, Junior High Principal at Neshannock Junior Senior High School located in New Castle, PA. Her article “Our Journey Into the Middle,” was published in the February Issue of The Pennsylvania Administrator Educational Leadership of PAESSP. The article describes the Schools To Watch Process and its positive impact on their school culture and student achievement. A quote from the article; “The Neshannock Junior High being designated as a School To Watch is evidence that if you have the desire to improve your middle level programs, you do not have to look far to find resources to help you get there.” Click here to read Dr. McCalla's article, "Our Journey Into the Middle".
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