The 2015 PAMLE-PASAP State Conference has now ended. Thank you for attending and thanks to everyone who helped in making this another great event.
 
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Summer Institute and Leadership Academy
Save the Date!! PAMLE will be hosting a two-day Summer Institute and Leadership Academy on June 29 & 30, 2015 at Mt. Nittany Middle School, State College, PA. The event will run from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm on both days. 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. Click here for an informational flyer. Online registration will open April 1.
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.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scouts councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Local honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Read about Pennsylvania’s Youth Volunteers Selected in the 20th Annual National Awards Program.
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)
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 (dmack@waynesburg.edu). 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)
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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...
PAMLE Member Defends Dissertation
Congratulations to Andrea Peck, principal at Seneca Valley Middle School, for receiving her doctorate from The University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Peck’s dissertation is titled, “Middle School Transition: Building a Foundation of Educational Success”. If interested in more information concerning this important topic contact Dr. Peck at Peck, peckaw@svsd.net. The PAMLE Family is proud of her accomplishment.
GenerationOn November Newsletter
The holiday season is just around the corner! Whether you celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, or are looking towards family time at Thanksgiving and the renewal the New Year brings, November and December are excellent months to use service as a tool to think deeply with our students about the connection we have to others all year long.
 
This month's newsletter features a wealth of resources to use with your students, ways to engage through service, and opportunities to reflect and give meaning to experiences that will last in students' memories throughout the year. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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