The PAMLE Conference 2019 will be held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP)Conference, February 24-26, 2019 at The Penn Stater Conference Center in State College. This joint event will allow participants to attend sessions hosted by both organizations. PASAP is also proud to welcome the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Professionals. PAMLE is extremely excited to be celebrating its 36th annual conference! PAMLE is the leading advocate for middle level education in PA, promoting and enhancing the role of middle level education by promoting best instructional practices for young adolescents. Registration is now open! Visit the Conference webpage for more information including descriptions of the wonderful sessions to choose from!
Western Region Conference
On January 21, Chartiers Valley Middle School is hosting the Western Regional PAMLE conference "Leading and Learning". The event will take place at Chartiers Valley MS in Bridgeville, PA from 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM. It's a perfect option for MLK Day In-Service! PAMLE members may register for $15 per person or $20 for Non-members. Visit the PAMLE Events page to register!
Summer Institute 2018
We had another great Summer Institute last week at Mt. Nittany MS led by our keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Furman. Thanks to everyone who presented and attended! If you missed it, you can check out many of the presentation resources right here.
Nominate a ColleAgue Today!
One of the many things PAMLE does is recognize excellence and commitment. The deadline for nominations for our PAMLE Awards is coming fast! Consider nominating a colleague for one of the many PAMLE awards by going to pamle.org/Awards
PAMLE Members-Only Section
Interested in handouts from past conferences, videos, and examples of Best Practices for middle level, as well as additional information? Log into the MEMBERS section of the website. Click on the “Members” menu at the top left-hand side of the page. If you don't know your login information, email email@example.com to get your username and password. Building administrators - to give website access to members contact Paul Meck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Your Story!
Mark Brown, wants you to "Tell Your Story" so check out the latest blog post entitled, Holiday Memories, on his website.
News Schools to Watch Named
Three 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 Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, the Horace Mann Service Corporation and Vibra Life, the Pennsylvania “Schools to Watch” team has announced that the following new schools have met the strict STW criteria:
Andrew W. Mellon Middle School, Mt. Lebanon SD, Pittsburgh, PA
Hampton Middle School, Hampton Township SD, Allison Park, PA
Palisades Middle School, Palisades SD, Kintnersville, PA
These three schools join 38 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Congratulations! Read more here.
PA Principals Association News
Congratulations to Michael E. Allison, Principal of Hopewell High School in the Hopewell Area School District, Aliquippa, PA. Michael was elected as the 2018-2020 President of the Pennsylvania Principals Association. He will serve a two-year term. Read more in the press release here.
Jason Shover, Assistant Principal at Mechanicsburg Middle School has been named Pennsylvania’s 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association.
PAMLE is proud to congratulate Jason Shover for receiving this remarkable honor. Mr. Shover is a member of the PAMLE who has attended many of PAMLE’s professional development experiences. He has made considerable contributions to his profession.
His name will be submitted to the National Association for inclusion with other state winners in the competition for the “2019 National Association Assistant Principal of the Year”.
Again congratulations to Jason for his commitment and dedication to serving his middle level students.
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.
PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
This Month From GenerationOn!
Check February is Black History Month, and serves as a time to honor and reflect on the expansive history, culture, struggles, accomplishments and contributions of the African American community. Check out these great resources from generationOn.
SHARE A BEST PRACTICE!
PAMLE’s mission is to promote best practices for middle level education. To accomplish this mission, PAMLE believes sharing best practices with one another is a road map to achieve this goal. As a result, we encourage you to share the great things happening in your school, programs and activities that make a difference in middle level instruction. There is no doubt that your practices will help other schools and teachers to better meet the developmental needs of our young adolescents. So, please fill out this Google Form to join us in our mission to promote best practices for middle level education! The submissions can be found under Best Practices in the Members Only section of our website. We hope many schools can implement these practices in order to improve, constantly grow, become "A Schools To Watch" and retain this prestigious recognition.
Hot Topics in Middle Level Ed
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.