Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education


Attend AMLE 2017 – The Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, November 6-8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where you will enjoy your choice of more than 200 sessions on 60 topics specifically focused on reaching 10- to 15-year-olds. Get practical, innovative ideas you can use immediately in your school and classroom and connect with other dedicated and passionate middle level educators to enhance your professional learning. More at

Upcoming events

PA Leadership Summit

Check out the PA Educational Leadership Summit July 23-25, 2017 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. Registration information will be out soon! This is the 2nd Annual Leadership Summit.


PAMLE’s mission is to promote best practices for middle level education. To accomplish this mission, PAMLE believes sharing best practices with one another is a road map to achieve this goal. As a result, we encourage you to share the great things happening in your school, programs and activities that make a difference in middle level instruction. There is no doubt that your practices will help other schools and teachers to better meet the developmental needs of our young adolescents. So, please fill out this Google Form to join us in our mission to promote best practices for middle level education! PAMLE will be posting "Best Practice" on the PAMLE website. We hope many schools can implement these practices in order to improve, constantly grow, become "A Schools To Watch" and retain this prestigious recognition.

Attention Members!

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 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 We apologize for any delays in responding to questions about membership and login as we transition to our new website. Thank you!!

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.

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.


Member Schools


Summer Institute 2017

PAMLE will be sponsoring their 3rd Annual Summer Institute for Middle level Practitioners on June 26 & 27, 2017 at Mt. Nittany MS in State College.  It will a great two days of sharing and learning. Click here to register and for more details! 


We would like to thank you for attending the 2017 PAMLE State Conference. Your presence made this professional development experience a rewarding one. The attendees had positive remarks concerning all of the presentations and especially Jack Berckemeyer’s keynote address. We hope that you have taken back to your classrooms and schools ideas to better address the needs of our young adolescents. The PAMLE Executive Board is extremely appreciative of its members’ passion and commitment to middle level education. We hope that you join us next year on February 25-27, 2018 back in State College. Check out all the photos from this year's event right here.

Principal's Breakfast

Join us on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, from 8:00-9:30AM at Kutztown University's President’s Room in McFarland Student Union Building. The event is hosted by KU AMLE student group and partially sponsored by the Eastern Region Board of PAMLE.

  • Hear an explaination of the details of the PA Middle Level Certificate and what it can do for principals and schools
  • Benefits of membership in PAMLE and AMLE will be shared
  • Information on the Schools To Watch program will also be shared
Questions? Register? Contact Carol Watson by April 12! E-mail: or 484-332-5098

Canonsburg MS IN THE NEWS!

Canonsburg Middle School is one of 38 middle schools in Pennsylvania that have been named Don Eichhorn “Schools to Watch.” This is the third time in nine years that the school has been nationally designated as part of the recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Read more here!

Eisenhower MS Conference

We are extremely excited to be hosting a middle level conference at Eisenhower Middle/High School on May 10, 2017 from 4:30PM-8:00PM. It will be a great time to share ideas and possibly begin thinking a little about next year. There is no registration fee for the conference; however, our parent group, IMPaCTS will be sponsoring a fundraiser dinner which will be $6.00. We are asking that you browse the sessions, and complete the registration form with your information and selections for first, second, and third choice in each of the sessions. A description of each session follows. The registration form is the last page in this handout. Please complete and return the registration form by April 19.

NAtional Forum Newsletter

Check out the second edition of the National Forum's Advocacy Communications newsletter!

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, 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.

PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education

This Month From GenerationOn!

Read this month's Educators and Schools Update from GenerationOn! Check out the GenerationOn website for these and other great ideas and projects.

The science of kindness!

As we all know, bullying has become an increasing problem among youth today. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and it's a time where schools and youth programs around the country talk about how to stop bullying, both in person and online. Check out these great resources from GenerationOn.

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.


Four 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. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg University, Horace Mann Service Corporation, and Vibra Life, the Pennsylvania “Schools to Watch” team has announced that the following new schools have met the strict STW criteria:

Derry Area Middle School, Derry, PA
Garnet Valley Middle School, Glen Mills, PA
Sharpsville Middle School, Sharpsville, PA
Springton Lake Middle School, Media, PA

These four schools join 34 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. The four newest schools as well as the seven 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 26. Read more about this STW announcement 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 to receive your login number and password.

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