The PASAP-PAMLE 2017 Conference will be held from February 26 - 28, 2017 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. This year will mark PASAP’s 27th and PAMLE’s 42nd Annual Conferences. In the spirit of collaboration and joint mission, PASAP and PAMLE have continued to partner to provide a phenomenal professional development opportunity. This conference again promises to be one of our most exciting and rewarding with keynote and workshop presentations focusing on the current and key issues that face our youth today. We continue to strive to deliver meaningful, skill and prevention based professional development opportunities that will provide participants with the tools to, in turn, affect student learning, achievement, and life success. Our theme continues to be "One Student at a Time," which speaks to the important work we all do every day to support the children of our Commonwealth. As with the poignant story of the young person throwing the starfish back into the ocean one by one, Student Assistance Professionals and Middle Level Educators do make a difference for each and every child, every day. We have an outstanding agenda planned again this year. Visit the General Conference Information page for all the details. We hope you will be able to join us!
For more information and online registration, visit the PASAP-PAMLE 2017 Conference page!
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.
SHARE A BEST PRACTICE!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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.
Promising Practitioner Award
This is an award offered by PAMLE to honor teachers beginning their teaching career who have one to three years of teaching experience. The nominator must come from the same school as the nominee. Each school can select up to three teachers to receive this recognition. All nominees will be recognized and receive a certificate. Click here for more details and for a nomination form.
Western Region Conference
On January 16, 2017, Avonworth Middle School will host the annual Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) Conference for Western Region middle schools. This conference will prove to be one of the best investments you can provide for your staff. For only $10 dollars per attendee, middle level educators will experience a full day’s worth of professional development opportunities focusing on “Connecting Perspectives” within all middle level classrooms.
Ted Talk style Keynote presentations will highlight a variety of perspectives on the importance of making connections and how everything that is done in a day matters.
Please share this information with middle level educators in your district and encourage them to attend! If your whole staff can not attend, please consider sending a couple to present.
SCHOOLS TO WATCH 2017 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, 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
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.
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. If you or staff members in your building have an interest in presenting, please complete the Call for Presenter form.
Kennett Middle School in Austin!
In early October, Kennett Middle School science teacher Mrs. Joy Rosser traveled to Austin, Texas, to present at the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. Her session, titled “Igniting the Middle Level: The Power of Educators,” targeted administrators, counselors, media specialists/librarians, parents, principals, teachers, and team leaders. Mrs. Rosser had previously presented this material locally through the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Kennett Consolidated School District. Mrs. Rosser serves as a member of the southeast regional board and the state board of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. Read more about it in the Southern Chester County News.
PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
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.
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 www.heinemann.com), 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your login number and password.
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!