AMLE Conference Discount!
Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education has partnered with AMLE to have AMLE/PAMLE members receive a substantial discount for conference registration at the AMLE Conference in October. The savings will be a minimum of $176 (from $475 to $299) per person for regular registrations. Pennsylvania educator can get the lowest group rate price break for the conference- no matter how many educators are coming from your district. To qualify for this great discount, you must be an AMLE/PAMLE member. For more information contact Len Ference at To register and receive the discount complete the attached registration form and forward with payment to:
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AMLE 2015
The Annual Conference for Middle Level Education will take place across the state line in Columbus, Ohio this October 15-17. Thousands of middle grades educators from across the US and the globe will gather for 3 days to discover new methods for reaching every student, develop plans for effectively assessing learning, and fuel their passion for impacting the lives of young adolescents. Earn up to 16 CEUs through AMLE’s dynamic program and engaging learning formats including:
  • 300 concurrent sessions
  • 160 speed learning sessions
  • 50 featured sessions
  • 10 comprehensive workshops
  • 7 hands-on technology sessions
And, don’t miss Dr. Yong Zhao, internationally known scholar and author of World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students! Dr. Zhao will deliver his keynote address, “Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future: Education Reforms that Matter”, on Friday, October 16. For a complete listing of the conference program, to view the schedule, and to register, please visit or call AMLE at (800) 528-6672 with questions.
PAMLE Members-Only Section
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Save the Date!
Begin to plan your professional development experiences today. Here are the conferences/institutes and academies that PAMLE will be sponsoring for the 2015-2016 school year. Plan now to attend one or more of the opportunities below!
  • AMLE National Conference, October 15-17, 2015 in Columbus, OH
  • PAMLE Eastern Region Professional Development October 27, 2015 at Kutztown University
  • PAMLE Southeast Region Conference, November 3, 2015 in Springfield, PA
  • PAMLE Western Region Principals’ Breakfast, November 19, 2015 at LaRoche College
  • PAMLE Western Regional Conference, January 18, 2016 at Quaker Valley MS
  • PAMLE/PASAP State Conference, February 28-29, March 1, 2016 in State College
  • PAMLE Summer Institute, June 27-28, 2016 in State College
  • PA Education Leadership Summit, July 24-26, 201 in State College
Opportunities From generationOn
Find out more about the International Day of Friendship as well as grants available for Family Volunteer Day through generationOn. Click here for more details!
Save the Date for 2016!
Save the date to attend the PAMLE/PASAP State Conference on February 28, 29 & March 1, 2016! Check back for more registration information. Call for Presenters! If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 PAMLE/PASAP State Conference, complete the attached Call for Presenters Form.
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!
Campaign for Fair Education Funding
PAESSP is part of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding. The campaign released today their proposal for a new Basic Education Funding formula to boost student outcomes in all parts of the state by helping close funding shortfalls in all school districts and narrow the growing gap between wealthy and poorer districts. Please see the two following links, which provide an overview about the campaign and the proposed formula. PAESSP is one of approximately 40 organizations involved in this critical work and working on behalf of school leaders across the Commonwealth.
Click here for executive summary.
Click here for press release.
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)
Betwixt and Between!
The Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education and Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education have partnered to support a peer reviewed journal entitled, Betwixt and Between: Education forYoung Adolescents, focused on research in the field of middle level education. We are pleased to welcome you to our learning community and encourage you to submit an article in the future. In the meantime, we hope to elevate your understanding of middle level students, schools, and the issues they face in these challenging times.Middle level educators are cordially invited to submit work to be shared across the state and beyond in Betwixt and Between: Education for Young Adolescents. Gather your ideas and submit them to the Editor, Deana Mack (
Deadline for submissions is May 24, 2015 and the publication date is October, 2015. Click here to read this first two editions of the journal (The journal is available to PAMLE members only) You may also visit the Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education's website for full details.
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PAMLE Social
SE Regional Conference 2015
Save the Date! PAMLE SE Region will be hosting a day-long professional development event entitled, “Middle School: More Than A Name On A Building” on November 3, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 3 PM at Springfield High School in Delaware County. Registration Opens at 8 AM. Cost includes breakfast & lunch! Act 48 credit will be given for this event. Registration opens in September - contact Dan Tracy at for more information.
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.
National Youth Advisory Council
We're looking for extraordinary 7th-12th grade youth from around the country serve on generationOn's National Youth Advisory Council. As part of the Council, these young service leaders help to develop and execute generationOn's key initiatives, serve as ambassadors for generationOn, and inspire other young people by completing on-the-ground service projects and sharing their stories. Applications will be accepted until September 11, 2015.
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.
Make the Case for AMLE 2015
Middle Grades Educators! We have composed a letter to assist you in garnering support from your principal or district leader to attend AMLE2015 - The Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Columbus, Ohio, October 15-17, 2015. You will want to customize this document, as needed, to make the case for your attendance. For more information about the conference, visit
This Month From GenerationOn!
Read September's Educators and Schools Update from GenerationOn! Check out the GenerationOn website for these and other great ideas and projects.
Schools To Watch Schools Announced
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 and Horace Mann Service Corporation, the Pennsylvania “Schools to Watch” team has announced that the following schools have met the strict STW criteria: Central Valley Middle School (Monaca), North Hills Middle School (Pittsburgh), Pleasant Hills Middle School (Pittsburgh) and Wilson West Middle School (Sinking Spring) These four schools join 31 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. The four newest schools as well as the eight re-designated schools will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference in State College on February 22. Read more...
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.
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