Philly proved to be a big hit with middle level educators from across the United States, including Hawaii and even Europe. Attendance surpassed all expectations. The attendees were treated to General Sessions with middle level experts presenting not only proven strategies but motivation for the middle level teacher. There were over 500 breakout sessions to choose from. Teachers left sessions with strategies that they were taking back to their classrooms and implementing immediately.
Walking through the beautiful Philadelphia Convention Center, you couldn't help but notice smiles on the faces of the attendees. The smiles were not just because they were out of school but were there as they developed relationships with their peers from all corners of the country. Those in attendance were given a chance to visit the Reading Market and were overwhelmed with all kinds of delicious food. The lunch sponsored by AMLE on Tuesday at the Convention Center wowed everyone.
AMLE and its staff did a marvelous job in planning the conference, providing vital information to the educators in attendance. It was time that renewed the passion for teaching especially for teaching the young adolescents. PAMLE will continue along the trail forged by AMLE to provide our membership with professional development opportunities. We will start with our state conference in State College on February 25-27, 2018. Please plan to attend to continue our journey to promoting best practices in middle level education! (Pictured at right is Keri Smith, from Baton Rouge Louisiana, receiving her raffle prize from Terry Vosburgh.)
Call for Presenters
We are excited to announce that four of the leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association, PA Association of School Administrators, PA Association for Middle Level Education and the PA Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) have joined forces to again host a summer leadership conference.
The 2018 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit will be held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College from July 29-31, 2018. We had an excellent turnout of district teams and individuals last year and we look forward to growing even more this year. The conference hopes to attract district teams and we are limiting attendees to the first 400 participants. The format of the conference will include: keynote speakers; breakout sessions; table talks on hot topics; team planning and job alike sessions. The conference committee is currently seeking requests for proposals for the small group sessions that will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018.
Click here for the call for presenters form. The deadline to submit a form is Friday, February 23, 2018!
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.
Proposals for Summer Institute
PAMLE is seeking proposals to present at our Summer Institute, “STEM for Success: Creating 21st Century College and Career Ready Schools." PAMLE will provide two free registrations per presentation. All information must be completed in order for your application to be considered. All submitted applicants will be notified of the status of their application on or before Friday, March 2. You can submit your proposal here.
NEWS FROM PDE
The U.S. Department of Education had approved Pennsylvania’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan as revised. Approval of Pennsylvania’s Consolidated State Plan is a significant moment for public education in Pennsylvania. The plan is shaped by the guiding principles of transparency, equity, and innovation, and underscores the commonwealth’s commitment to creating more balanced and comprehensive school progress measures, reducing testing time, and supporting Pennsylvania’s educators and school leaders. Read this letter from PA Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera.
The attached Locally Selected On-Track Assessment Guidance Document is the second of several communications that will offer guidance on the indicators included in the Future Ready PA Index. This document, in conjunction with the PIMS technical manual, is intended to provide administrators with the information necessary to select and report a local assessment if they choose to do so. LEAs in need of technical assistance with on-track or proficiency assessment should contact the Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction at RA-EDFUTUREREADYPA@pa.gov or 717-525-5057. For PIMS application support, please call 1-800-661-2423. Thank you for your dedication to shaping the futures of Pennsylvania’s students.
Change In Certification Bands
Give us your feedback on the proposed teacher certification (HB1386). Read all about it here.
Apple distinguished School
North Hills Middle School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2017-19 for its successful creation of an innovative environment that utilizes iPads. With the launch of Project Connect, North Hills School District’s 1:1 initiative, educators are able to personalize instruction for every Grade 7 and 8 student in the district and use technology to incorporate vital skills for college and career readiness. Read more about it here.
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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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Schools to watch 2018
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. These three schools join 35 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. The three newest schools as well as the eight re-designated schools will be recognized at the PAMLE State Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College on February 25, 2018. Read more here...
This Month From GenerationOn!
Happy New Year! This year, we're resolving to help you make a positive mark on the world and continue to engage youth in service. There are plenty of opportunities, starting with Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 15.
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.
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.