Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education


AMLE Annual Conference in Austin!

Nearly two thousand middle level educators form across the states and the world saddled their horses and road to Austin Texas, The conference was fantastic, highly motivating and filled with best practices for middle level teachers and principals. Members of your PAMLE Board manned a booth at the convention center to promote next year’s AMLE Conference to be held in our City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. We held a raffle, had a wheel of fortune to spin for prices, gave out beautiful pins for the Philadelphia Conference and had a drawing for dinner for two during the conference. Here are the winners:

  • Handmade Amish Quilt John Barber from Las Vegas
  • Eagles autographed jersey Lienne Midford from Clemson University
  • Eagles autograph football Michelle Grudon from New Jersey
  • Philly Soul Football Jessica Thompson from Jacksonville Florida
  • Dinner for 2 in Philly Chad Soupir from Elkhorn Nebraska

The big attraction to the booth was getting your picture taken biting into a huge Philly cheese steak!

Good times had by all!! Speaking of time, now is your time to begin planning to attend the AMLE Annual Conference in Philadelphia November 5-8, 2017. This conference will take place during Election Day, many schools are closed which will help your district save cost on substitutes. There are some schools sending their entire staff. Group discounts will be available. Let’s take a bite of that Philly Cheese Steak. See you in PHILADELPHIA!

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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!!

What's New at

Check out the latest edition of the AMLE Newsletter! Read more at

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

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


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.

Call for presenters!

PAMLE is seeking proposals to present for their State Conference, February 26-28, 2017 in State College. PAMLE will provide a $50 discount on registration fees for the lead presenter for each presentation. If there is more than one presenter, each presenter is required to register for the conference. Please complete the form and submit it to Bruce Vosburgh on or before Monday, October 3, 2016. You may access a proposal form by clicking here.

Save The Dates!

There are TWO great conferences to look forward to in 2017! First is the annual PAMLE/PASAP State Conference, February 26-28, 2017 in State College. We look forward to seeing you there! And then AMLE 2017 is November 5–8 and takes place in Philadelphia! Plan for you and your staff to attend these two professional learning event for middle level educators and benefit from experts who will share research-based teaching practices that improve student achievement. For more information on PAMLE 2017, visit our conference page here. For information on AMLE 2017, visit their conference page at

2016 LEadership Summit

We are excited to announce that your Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education and three other leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association, PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the PA Association School Administrators) conducted an outstanding Leadership Conference held at the Penn Stater from July 24 to 26, 2016.

The 2016 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit had over 320 attendees and 40 exhibitors (filling all exhibitor spaces). We anticipate that this will be the signature conference for educational leaders in PA next year and for numerous years to come.

The Summit featured Grant Lichtman, author of EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education; Deputy Secretary of Education, Matt Stem, and Dana Lightman, author of POWER Optimism: Enjoy the Life You Have... Create the Success You Want. High quality breakout sessions, table talks on hot topics; district team planning and job alike sessions provided practical ideas that can be immediately utilized and discussed at the summit before returning back to the districts. Additionally, “ed camps” were utilized to expand on the points discussed in Grant Lichtman’s EdJourney book.

We look forward to planning and delivering another quality Leadership Summit in 2017.

Summer Institute 2016

The PAMLE Summer Institute 2016 was a great two-day learning and sharing event!! From keynote speakers Judy Brough and Brian Kelley to all the outstanding session presenters, middle level educators from all over the state shared new ideas, best practices, innovative strategies and thought-provoking discussions.Thank you to all who attended and mark your calendars for 2017!

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!


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!

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

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 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 2015 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. 

Click here to register!

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.

generationOn's Report Card

With millions of kids and teens back at school studying the three Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic - we at generationOn look back at a year supporting change makers with the three Cs - compassion, collaboration, and critical thinking. With the help of people like yourself making gifts of $25, $50 or $100, we will be able to support kids and teens in developing key social-emotional competencies and 21st century skills. Please support us in making sure every young person gets an "A" in the three Cs this year.

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.

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.

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