The South East Region of PAMLE is hosting a middle school conference at E.T. Richardson Middle School on November 8, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The 2015 conference was a great success with middle school teachers and administrators from Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties. This year promises to be even better! The title of the conference for 2016 is: Writing to Learn and Learning to Write: The Power of Writing in All.
PAMLE is seeking proposals to present for their State Conference, February 26-28, 2017 in State College. PAMLE will provide a $50 discount on registration fees for the lead presenter for each presentation. If there is more than one presenter, each presenter is required to register for the conference. Please complete the form and submit it to Bruce Vosburgh on or before Monday, October 3, 2016. You may access a proposal form by clicking here.
The AMLE/PAMLE Dual Individual Membership is just $69.99 and a Dual Institutional Membership for your whole building is just $299! BUT make sure to join or renew today - membership rates increase on October 1, 2016. Visit our membership page for all the details!
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! PAMLE will be posting "Best Practice" on the PAMLE 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.
Members can access the new PAMLE website by clicking the LOGIN icon on the top left of this page. Use the email address you have on file with PAMLE and the same password you used at the old website. If you don't know your password, you can click on "Forgot Password" to reset your password. Building administrators - to give website access to members in your building, send a spreadsheet list of your building members and their email addresses to Paul Meck at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will upload your members to the website and the system will then send your members instructions on how to login to the website. Any questions, contact email@example.com. We apologize for any delays in responding to questions about membership and login as we transition to our new website. Thank you!!
Six New Schools Named STW!
Six 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: Bentworth Middle School, Highlands Middle School, Ingomar Middle School, Radnor Middle School, South Fayette Middle School and Wilson Southern Middle School. These six schools join 28 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. The six newest schools as well as the six re-designated schools will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College on February 28. Read the complete STW press release right here.
Federal Flash: Udate from DC
It's a Congressional Christmas Gift! Congress has finally agreed on funding levels for education programs, and the Department of Education’s process for issuing regulations on the new Every Student Succeeds Act is underway. Find out the details on today’s Federal Flash as well as past updates at the Alliance for Excellent Education's YouTube channel.
And now that Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is law (replacing the No Child Left Behind Act) when does it go into effect? And what happens with NCLB and NCLB waivers? Find out all you need to know at the Alliance for Excellent Education's new webpage on ESSA at www.all4ed.org/essa.
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.
Webinars from AMLE
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.
Save The Dates!
There are TWO great conferences to look forward to in 2017! First is the annual PAMLE/PASAP State Conference, February 26-28, 2017 in State College. We look forward to seeing you there! And then AMLE 2017 is November 5–8 and takes place in Philadelphia! Plan for you and your staff to attend these two professional learning event for middle level educators and benefit from experts who will share research-based teaching practices that improve student achievement. For more information on PAMLE 2017, visit our conference page here. For information on AMLE 2017, visit their conference page at www.amle.org/PA.
2016 LEadership Summit
We are excited to announce that your Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education and three other leading PA educational organizations (PA Principals Association, PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the PA Association School Administrators) conducted an outstanding Leadership Conference held at the Penn Stater from July 24 to 26, 2016.
The 2016 Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Summit had over 320 attendees and 40 exhibitors (filling all exhibitor spaces). We anticipate that this will be the signature conference for educational leaders in PA next year and for numerous years to come.
The Summit featured Grant Lichtman, author of EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education; Deputy Secretary of Education, Matt Stem, and Dana Lightman, author of POWER Optimism: Enjoy the Life You Have... Create the Success You Want. High quality breakout sessions, table talks on hot topics; district team planning and job alike sessions provided practical ideas that can be immediately utilized and discussed at the summit before returning back to the districts. Additionally, “ed camps” were utilized to expand on the points discussed in Grant Lichtman’s EdJourney book.
We look forward to planning and delivering another quality Leadership Summit in 2017.
Summer Institute 2016
The PAMLE Summer Institute 2016 was a great two-day learning and sharing event!! From keynote speakers Judy Brough and Brian Kelley to all the outstanding session presenters, middle level educators from all over the state shared new ideas, best practices, innovative strategies and thought-provoking discussions.Thank you to all who attended and mark your calendars for 2017!
PAMLE Members Published!PAMLE members have been busy being published this spring! Principal Canonsburg MS principal Greg Taranto and Canonsburg math teacher Angela Marasco were published in the AMLE Magazine in April. Their article was entitled "Coding Is TOPS in Middle School" and can be found on the AMLE website. Greg is also published in the May 2016 issue of “The Pennsylvania Administrator” published by The Pennsylvania Principals Association. The article is “Team Oriented Problem Solving 2.0.” Dr. Dan Hartman, principal of Emory H. Markle Intermediate School has also been published in the May 2016 issue of the “The Pennsylvania School Administrator.” His article was entitled, “Want an Innovative School? You need strategy!” We are proud of all of our authors!
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, simple email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your login number and password.
PAMLE PARTNERS WITH FIVE STAR
The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education announces its partnership with Five-Star Technology Solutions. Five-Star is not just another technology company! Five-Star Pivot provides schools a powerful tool for continuous school improvement. Click here to find out more!
PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
The science of kindness!
For the past few weeks, we've been encouraging you to spread kindness and empathy by helping kids and teens to create rules of kindness - but maybe you're still unsure of how to start the conversation. After all, kindness is a more abstract concept, so how can we help kids and teens really understand what it means to be kind? Click here to find out how!
Be Caring. Be Compassionate.
Stories of the impact service has on young people across the country and the globe are abundant. The lessons that youth learn from service - caring, compassion and the life skills needed to make a difference - are at the heart of what we do at generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light. In order to continue this work, we need your financial support for our generationOn Kids Care Clubs, Service Clubs, innovative campaigns, school partnerships and youth leadership programs. We hope you will support us as we continue developing the next generation of changemakers in 2016. Please consider giving $25, $50 or $100 to support generationOn's goal of inspiring, equipping and mobilizing 1 million kids and teens to make their mark on the world through service.
From The Desk of Dan Tracy
Check out this wonderful collection of end-of-year ideas as well as thoughts for summer and next year, from ET Richardson principal and PAMLE Southeast Region president, Dan Tracy.
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.
Book Study Opportunity
If you’re looking for a professional development opportunity, why not start a book study with your teachers? This latest edition of "What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know" by Dave F. Brown, Ed. D. and Trudy Knowles, Ed. D. provides an opportunity for experienced and novice educators to read about and discuss their students’ needs and how to respond to them based on both research and practical strategies as suggested by Brown and Knowles. If your school is a PAMLE member and purchases at least 20 or more copies of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (3rd ed.) (available at www.heinemann.com), co-author, Dave F. Brown, will come to your school and talk to teachers and administrators. Click here for more information on the this unique professional development opportunity.