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

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, email to get your username and password. Building administrators - to give website access to members contact Paul Meck 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! The submissions can be found under Best Practices in the Members Only section of our 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.


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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