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.
PASCD Conference Registration Open
Registration for PASCD's 64th Annual Conference, Leading an Innovative Culture for Learning powered by is now open. PAMLE is proudly partnering with The Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) and will be hosting a middle level thread at the annual conference. This year's conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center from Sunday, November 23rd to November 25th, 2014. Additionally, there are several pre-conference sessions starting on Saturday, November 22nd. Click here to register for this year's conference. And click here to see the great list of Small Group Presentations just announced for this year!
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)
Call For Manuscripts!
Middle level educators are cordially invited to submit work to be shared across the state and beyond in the on-line journal, Betwixt and Between: Education forYoung Adolescents. Gather your ideas and submit them to the Editor, Deana Mack ( The deadline for submissions is November 3, 2014 and the publication date is April 2015. Click here for the submission guidelines.The Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education and Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education have partnered to support this peer reviewed journal 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. Click here to read this first edition of the journal (The journal is available to PAMLE members only)
Save The Date
The PAMLE/PASAP State Conference will be held February 22 to 24, 2015 at the Penn Stater in State College. This year there will be four pre-conference sessions (each two hours in length) featuring:
  • Student Learning Objectives
  • Edmodo – connecting to the world’s largest social learning network
  • Schools To Watch
And over 20 breakout sessions to select from to bring back proven instructional practices for young adolescences to use in your classrooms. Registration will begin in November. More information to follow. Join us in State College!
Build Teaming With Edmodo
PAMLE is partnering with Edmodo, the world's largest social learning network with 35 million users and counting. In Edmodo, educators are at the center of this powerful network, where they can collaborate and communicate with peers, administrators, students, parents, and publishers. Join us for on either July 22 or 24 for a one­-hour webinar customized for school, district, or organization leaders in Pennsylvania who want to learn about Edmodo. Click here for more information.
Schools to Watch Summit 2014
Twelve Duquesne University administrative graduate students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh joined fifty-five teachers and administrators from 17 of Pennsylvania’s 31 recognized Schools to Watch Schools for the 3rd Annual PA STW Summit, June 22-23, 2014. Read the summary of the event right here.
STW National Conference
New PA STW Schools present programs they are most proud at the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington DC. ET Richardson MS, Schuylkill Valley MS, Northley MS, and Kane Area Middle School were recognized at the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington DC on June 26-28, as the four newest schools recognized as Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch Schools in Pennsylvania. Read more about the conference presentations as well as view a photo gallery from the entire conference. 
Schools to Watch News
Eight schools have been recognized as "Schools to Watch" schools at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference in State College on February 23. Read more...
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Principal Effectiveness System
PAESSP Executive Director, Dr. Paul Healey, requests that PDE alter the implementation of the Principal Effectiveness System for 2014-15. PDE is being asked to immediately consider suspending the Correlation piece (15%) for the 2014-15 school year and make it optional this year along with the elective/SLO piece and require it for 2015-16 instead. Read the entire press release right here.
Call For Presenters!
PAMLE is seeking presentation proposals for their Annual State Conference, February 22-24, 2015 in State College. All presentations will be 60 minutes in length and scheduled on Monday, February 23 between 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM. We are looking for a variety of presentation topics related to the area of middle level education. PAMLE will also provide a $100 honorarium to each presentation. Please download the proposal form and submit it to Bruce Vosburgh on or before Friday, October 3. Forms may be submitted electronically or by mail. Contact Bruce Vosburgh at with any questions.
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!
Slay The Testing Beast!
Take a moment to read this excellent article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette by Greg Taranto, principal of Canonsburg Middle School, on high-stakes testing. Cannonsburg was recognized as a Schools to Watch school and Greg was named 2012 Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals.
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.
Dr. McCalla Published
PAMLE would like to congratulate Dr. Tracy L. McCalla, Junior High Principal at Neshannock Junior Senior High School located in New Castle, PA. Her article “Our Journey Into the Middle,” was published in the February Issue of The Pennsylvania Administrator Educational Leadership of PAESSP. The article describes the Schools To Watch Process and its positive impact on their school culture and student achievement. A quote from the article; “The Neshannock Junior High being designated as a School To Watch is evidence that if you have the desire to improve your middle level programs, you do not have to look far to find resources to help you get there.” Click here to read Dr. McCalla's article, "Our Journey Into the Middle".
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