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#AMLE20 Goes Virtual

We are pleased to announce that #AMLE20 will be going virtual, making high-quality professional development more accessible to all educators around the world as an online event. Registration is now open and PAMLE members will get $25 off of registration using the code A20PAMLE25. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from this exceptional virtual experience:

  • Gain ideas and inspiration from thought-leaders and experts at in-depth and lively keynotes and featured presentations
  • Interact with experts during live online presentations, or view them on-demand
  • Get unlimited access to a library of bite-sized, recorded speed learning sessions to enjoy when and where it’s most convenient for you
  • Engage with other participants in virtual breaks and meet-ups
  • Access the best in education products and services at our innovative virtual exhibition

PAMLE Webinars

PAMLE hosted its second webinar on September 9 entitled “Supporting Students’ Social/Emotional Development!!” Guest speakers included Amber Chandler a National Board Certified ELA teacher. She was the recipient of the 2018 AMLE Educator of the Year Award. She is an author as well as a blogger. She was awarded the NoVo Foundation’s SEL in Action grant for two years. In addition, she is a member of the AMLE Board of Trustees and is a middle school teacher in the Frontier Central SD in New York. Dr. Judy Brough who is an international middle level consultant and recipient of AMLE’s John Lounsbury Award and Devin Layton, Ed.D who is currently the Assistant Principal at Springton Lake MS in Media, PA in charge of developing their SEL curriculum. She has 17 years of experience at the middle level as both a counselor and assistant principal. She has worked in affluent as well as both middle and lower income settings and has supported students at the collegiate level with academic and mental health advising for the past 12 years.

Visit the PAMLE Webinar page to view the recording from this event as well as information on how to obtain Act 48 credit.

PAMLE Virtual State Conference 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious concern worldwide for gatherings, both large and small. Therefore, we are announcing that the PAMLE 2021 State Conference will be going virtual. Details on this new format will be announced in the next few weeks. PAMLE invites you to join us in another amazing conference, promoting best practices for middle level education!

Call for Presenters!

PAMLE presentation submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. If accepted, Primary Presenter will receive a $25 discount to the conference. The form will be closed when we are no longer accepting applications.

Concurrent Sessions

These are traditional 60-minute sessions dealing with current topics relevant to middle level educators. Innovative instructional methods and special programs are featured. Click here to submit a concurrent session proposal.

Speed Sessions 

This format is to give beginning or experienced presenters an opportunity to share a best practice in 15 minutes. Each 60 minute session is divided into three 15-minute segments, allowing participants to get more personal attention and more information in a short amount of time. Each presenter will present three times within the 60 minute session. Click here to submit a speed session proposal.

Updated COVID Resources From PAMLE and AMLE

Check out the updated COVID resources from AMLE and PAMLE. 

AMLE's COVID-19 Resource Center - We have continued to update our open access Supporting Middle Level Educators through COVID-19 webspace, which is now a searchable database and tips for selecting the right online learning tools, includes new remote advisory activities, and recordings of webinars. And check out this latest Virtual Workshop from AMLE! Relationships and Belonging with Restorative Practices, with Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard, co-authors of the bestselling book Hacking School Discipline. August 13-14, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST each day. Register today!

PAMLE COVID-19 Resource Page - We are collecting great resources from our PAMLE community to help Pennsylvania Middle School Educators as they navigate these new waters in teaching and supporting kids during this difficult time. 

Upcoming events

Legislative - Carol Watson

Education Talk Radio

Listen to Ericka Uskali, Executive Director of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, discuss "Emphasizing the Middle Grades" as a guest on a recent episode of Education Talk Radio.


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 please send an  email to to get your username and password. Building administrators - to give website access to members contact Paul Meck at



Member Schools


Schools To Watch 2020

Harrold Middle School and West Hempfield Middle School have both 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. These two schools join 40 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Read the full story here.

New PAMLE Sponsor

PAMLE is pleased to announce a new sponsor, the American College of Education. Look for more information from American College of Education in the near future.

Summer Resources from DNCR

Help for educators from PA State Parks - Free subscriptions, fun resources, earn Act 48 hours, & online/in-person learning this summer! Click here for more details! 

AMLE Statement on Racism

The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, as an affiliate member of AMLE and action of the PAMLE Executive Board, embraces and endorses the following statement. Read more...

Podcast Features PAMLE

Dive into the network designed specifically for Middle School Teachers, as co-hosts Mike, Jeannine, and Matt share a conversation with Joy Rosser and Bruce Vosburgh. With more than 50 years of combined school experience, Joy and Bruce give insights into the Association for Middle Level Educations (AMLE) and more specifically, PAMLE! Well done Bruce and Joy! Check out this episode of the RethinkingEDU podcast!

Take the PD Survey

PAMLE is looking to create professional development experiences that would help middle level educators address the needs of their students. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey. Your answers will help guide us as we plan for the coming year. You may take the survey here.

In Memory of Conrad Toepfer

Conrad Toepfer, one of the five "Founding Fathers" of the Middle Level Movement, passed away on April 20. For more than 60 years, Connie touched the lives of thousands of educators, and, through them, millions of children. Now, we are asking that you return a small part of his generosity. Connie’s family needs help. A group of his friends, students and colleagues have set up this Go Fund Me page to seek your help in providing for the Toepfer family’s immediate needs

Visit the Conrad Toepfer Memorial Family Fund page on GoFundMe.

PAMLE New author!

PAMLE Board Member Joy Rosser’s newly published book is Sharing Mindsets: Where Classrooms and Businesses Meet. Ron Jaworski, and CEOs/leaders of local companies such as Wawa, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Bradford White, Toll Brothers, Herr’s, KIND Snacks, and many more, provide inspirational messages and strategies. In this unique collection of classroom-business mindsets for personal growth, relational growth, and service growth, you will be powerfully encouraged to maximize who you are so you can be and give your best to others. You can order a copy of her book right here!

Note: This book is not sponsored by PAMLE and the views presented may not reflect the views of PAMLE)


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


Horace Mann, a Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Education corporate sponsor, offers members and employees affordable auto insurance with discounts and unique benefits. Start enjoying these educator benefits and saving money today! Contact your local Horace Mann representative to learn more.


Did you know that you can help support PAMLE by visiting our GoFundMe page? PAMLE is a non-profit that depends on memberships and conferences to function. All collected finds will support our Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch initiative as well as professional development opportunities across the state. You can help influence the future of our young adolescents by supporting PAMLE. We thank you for your kind consideration.


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. 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.

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