PASCD Conference Registration Open
Registration for PASCD's 64th Annual Conference, Leading an Innovative Culture for Learning powered by Blendedschools.net 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.
2014-15 PA State Budget
Governor Corbett signed into law the 2014-15 state budget and its enabling legislation that allocates more than $10 billion in state support of public schools. Click here for the highlights of the enacted 2014-15 state budget. To obtain additional information about the enacted 2014-15 budget, or to view school entity allocations, visit www.education.state.pa.us/budget.
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. 
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- 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)
NEW - Member Benefit!
The Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education and Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education have partnered to support a peer reviewed journal focused on research in the field of middle level education. Betwixt and Between is the result of this joint venture. 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)
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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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.
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.
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.
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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