Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education


Attend AMLE 2017 – The Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, November 6-8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where you will enjoy your choice of more than 200 sessions on 60 topics specifically focused on reaching 10- to 15-year-olds. Get practical, innovative ideas you can use immediately in your school and classroom and connect with other dedicated and passionate middle level educators to enhance your professional learning. More at

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

Upcoming events

PA Leadership Summit

This year’s Leadership Summit held at the Blair County Convention Center was a huge success. Thomas Murray opened the Summit on Sunday night, with a discussion about his future ready framework as it relates to his latest book, Learning Transformed. Brian Campbell from PDE closed the Summit on Tuesday by talking about ESSA and what that means for PDE. Save the date for next year, July 29-31, 2018 back at the Penn Stater in State College.


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.


Member Schools



PAMLE is proud to announce its 2017-2018 Awards Programs. PAMLE seeks nominations for each of the five award categories. Do you work with someone in your school who is a dynamic educator? Someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty with their students? Is the principal in your building someone who deserves recognition for his/her commitment to middle level education? Do you see a student teacher or first year teacher who exhibits a true gift for teaching at the middle level? If so, nominate that person to be recognized by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. Below are the descriptions of awards. For more details and to nominate a deserving person go to:

Change In Certification Bands

Give us your feedback on the proposed teacher certification (HB1386). Read all about it here.

VibraLife Receives Award

Paul Meck, Associate Executive Director of PAMLE, presents Kyle Hollinger, VibraLife executive, the 2017 Partnership Award for outstanding contributions to the education of middle level students.

Past recipients of this award are Horace Mann, Teachers Insurance Plan, Lincoln Investment Planning, QSP, PHEAA, Duquesne University, eScoolView, and DRS Printing Services.

The contributions of ViberLife help PAMLE sustain professional development for all middle level educators in the state. PAMLE is greatly appreciative of our partners and their efforts they have demonstrated over the years.

Summer Institute 2017

We would like to thank all those that attended the Summer Institute this past June. Presentations were outstanding and the feedback from all attendees was excellent. Resources from the 2017 Institute are available here. Save the Date for next year's Summer Institute at Mt. Nittany MS on July 17 & 18, 2018. Information will go out in the early Spring. Hope to see you there!


We would like to thank you for attending the 2017 PAMLE State Conference. Your presence made this professional development experience a rewarding one. The attendees had positive remarks concerning all of the presentations and especially Jack Berckemeyer’s keynote address. We hope that you have taken back to your classrooms and schools ideas to better address the needs of our young adolescents. The PAMLE Executive Board is extremely appreciative of its members’ passion and commitment to middle level education. We hope that you join us next year on February 25-27, 2018 back in State College. Check out all the photos from this year's event right here.

NAtional Forum Newsletter

Check out the second edition of the National Forum's Advocacy Communications newsletter!

PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education

News From PDE on ESSA

Education Secretary Rivera is pleased to advise that Pennsylvania has timely submitted its proposed ESSA Consolidated State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Click here for more details.

This Month From GenerationOn!

Read this month's Educators and Schools Update from GenerationOn! Check out the GenerationOn website for these and other great ideas and projects.

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.


Four 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 Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg University, 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:

Derry Area Middle School, Derry, PA
Garnet Valley Middle School, Glen Mills, PA
Sharpsville Middle School, Sharpsville, PA
Springton Lake Middle School, Media, PA

These four schools join 34 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. The four newest schools as well as the seven 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 26. Read more about this STW announcement right here.

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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