Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education


PAMLE Summer Institute

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!

Click HERE to register for the Summer Institute!

PAMLE Members Published!

PAMLE members have been busy being published this spring! Principal Canonsburg MS principal Greg Taranto and Canonsburg math teacher Angela Marasco were published in the AMLE Magazine in April. Their article was entitled "Coding Is TOPS in Middle School" and can be found on the AMLE website. Greg is also published in the May 2016 issue of “The Pennsylvania Administrator” published by The Pennsylvania Principals Association. The article is “Team Oriented Problem Solving 2.0.”  Dr. Dan Hartman, principal of Emory H. Markle Intermediate School has also been published in the May 2016 issue of the “The Pennsylvania School Administrator.” His article was entitled,  “Want an Innovative School? You need strategy!” We are proud of all of our authors!

SE Region Conference 2016

The South East Region of PAMLE is hosting a middle school conference at E.T. Richardson Middle School on November 8, 2016. We are looking for presenters and the proposal forms can be found hereThe first conference was a great success with middle school teachers and administrators from Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties. This year promises to be even better! The title of the conference for 2016 is: Writing to Learn and Learning to Write: The Power of Writing in All Middle School Classes Already scheduled for the conference are presenters from the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP) and PATTAN who will be presenting on writing across the content areas. Presentation proposals are due by Thursday, June 30th.

Six New Schools Named "Schools To Watch"

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.

Do you know a hero?

generationOn has teamed up with Hasbro to celebrate kids and teens between 5 and 18 years of age who are making an impact in their local or global communities. The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers whose service achievements have demonstrated the qualities of a hero - kindness, courage and leadership. Winners receive a $1,000 educational scholarship, a $500 grant to continue or expand on their amazing work, and recognition at a special event this Fall.

You can help us by nominating an amazing young person or encouraging them to apply! Nominations and applications will be accepted through Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m. EST.

To nominate or apply, go to

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

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!


Member Schools



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!

Upcoming events

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 Conference

On 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 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 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, 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

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!!

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.

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.

Dual Membership

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

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.

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