PASCD Call For Proposals
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 PASCD conference to be held November 23-25, 2014 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center! The conference committee is now accepting proposals for small group presentations at the conference  If you have a great idea or best practice to share please consider submitting a proposal. All proposals must be submitted online before April 30th, 2014. Click here to view the online submission form. For more information, check out this informational flyer.
Barnes & Noble Bookfair
The PAMLE Northwest Region is sponsoring the spring Barnes & Noble Bookfair. This event will be held on Thursday, May 15th at the Erie location from 6:00-8:00pm. For those who plan to attend in person, there will be a chance to win a $25.00 Barnes & Noble gift card! For those who cannot attend in person, please consider supporting this event through online purchases from May 15-22. Please see this flier for more details.
AMLE/PAMLE Dual Membership!
This just in! New AMLE/PAMLE Dual institutional Membership - only $299 for your whole building! Benefits include:
  • PAMLE/AMLE Professional Membership level benefits for every staff member in your building for one low price
  • Access to annual state middle level conference and regional conferences
  • 80% savings on AMLE print periodical subscriptions for an unlimited number of staff members
  • AMLE Magazine online and tablet editions (9 issues), Middle School Journal online edition (5 issues)
  • 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- Tuesday 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)
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.
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...
PAMLE Congratulates Dr. Tracy L. McCalla
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".
Call for Manuscripts
The Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education cordially invite middle level educators to submit work to be shared across the state and beyond in the second edition of Betwixt and Between: Education for Young Adolescents. Gather your ideas and submit them to the Editor, Dr. Deana Mack ( Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2014. Visit the Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education's website for full details.
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PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
From The Executive Director
Please take a moment to read the March message from PAMLE Executive Director, Len Ference, entitled: Celebrating Middle Level Education.
Professional Development
Northwest Region PAMLE PDI
Save the Date - Tuesday, April 29, 2014! This year, our Northwest Region PAMLE Professional Development Institute will feature sessions by Pennsylvania schools that have been awarded the prestigious national recognition of “Schools to Watch.” In addition, this year’s Institute will take place at Titusville Middle School, a “Schools to Watch” location. The theme is "Practical Strategies that Work". The event will be held from 5-8 PM at at Titusville Middle School. Click here to download a registration form.
PA-POMLE Spring Conference
Join us on May 16 for the PA-POMLE Spring Conference at Kutztown University! We will meet on campus at the McFarland Student Union Building for a day of presentations, conversation, and networking. This event is free to all members of PA-POMLE. Join us for conversation, camaraderie, and (of course!) good food. Please contact Kimberly Arp ( to confirm your attendance as soon as possible so that plans can be finalized. Questions specific to the schedule or location can be directed to Carol Watson (
Ambassador Programs
People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is organizing a delegation of education professionals to travel to Australia and New Zealand in July 2014. The delegation leader is William Waidelich, Executive Director of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), and we hope for a strong showing of educators. A number of unique opportunities are planned, including dialogue with education professionals in Australia and New Zealand, and the opportunity to share techniques, training and education principles. Cultural activities will highlight the sights and sounds of the country. You can find more information, or enroll online, at
It's Budget Time!
It is BUDGET TIME…Do not forget to budget for these important items from PAMLE! The New AMLE/PAMLE Dual institutional Membership is only $299 for your whole building! The 2015 PAMLE Conference is only $275 for a full conference registration (3 Days) It's two Conferences for the price of one - The PAMLE Conference will again be held in conjunction with PASAP (Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals) Conference at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College from Sunday, February 22- Tuesday 24, 2015.
PAMLE on Twitter
PAMLE is on Twitter! Tweet us at @PAMLEorg and search the hashtag #PAMLE2014 for news from this year's conference! 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!
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.
Links and Resources
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