Summer Institute and Leadership Academy

PAMLE will be hosting a two-day
Summer Institute and Leadership Academy on June 29 & 30, 2015 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at Mt. Nittany Middle School, State College, PA. The featured presenters will be Judy Brough, author of "Teach My Kid. I Dare You" and Dave Brown, co-author of "What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know". The cost of the conference is $199 for PAMLE members and $229 for non-members, with discounts for group registrations.
 

Happy Middle Level Education Month!
March is Middle Level Education Month! This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on the middle grades, a very important time in the education of our children. Other than from birth to age three, 10- to 15-year-olds are experiencing the most rapid, significant changes of their lives—changes that are physical, social, emotional, and cognitive in nature.
During this month we ask you to consider the following:
  • The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents and being actively involved in their lives;
  • The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents;
  • The realization that the education young adolescents experience during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens; and
  • The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and post-secondary education should be a possibility for all.
Explore Middle Level Education Month to find additional free resources to help celebrate quality middle grades schools in your community.
 
This celebration is brought to you by the Association for Middle Level Education and its affiliate, The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, Adolescent Success, and Let’s Move Active Schools.
Western Region PDI
Middle Level Education, “Living it, Loving it, Laughing About it” was the theme of the day for Western Region Middle Level Educators that gathered at South Side Middle School on a cold January 19th for an outstanding day of professional development. AMLE’s own Jack Berckemeyer was the keynote speaker for the event which included approximately 300 people from around the western region. Read more about the event right here.
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. Click here to read this first two editions of the journal (The journal is available to PAMLE members only)
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PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
GenerationOn Fight Hunger!
Did you know that 16 million kids in America aren't getting the food they need? From March 15-April 30, for each youth engaged in service, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 10,000 meals. Join us! Participation is free and easy:
Visit generationon.org/hunger to access great lesson plans, project guides and fact sheets. Plan and execute a service project from March 15-April 30. Tell us about your service project at generationon.org/hunger and the ConAgra Food Foundation will donate to Feeding America! Fight hunger through youth service! GenerationOn is the youth service division of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Our mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize kids and teens to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
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 horacemann.com
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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