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Just released - AMLE2018 concurrent sessions!!


 Leadership Seminar in State College

On October 22-23, PAMLE will host a Middle School Leadership Seminar entitled “Developing a Conceptual Leadership Framework Grounded in Young Adolescent Development" at the Toftrees Resort in State College.This is a great opportunity for new and aspiring administrators as well as teacher leaders within your school.This seminar series addresses six of the 12 seminars developed through a very successful federal grant of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. It is designed to utilize the Schools to Watch criteria to address the needs of middle grades leadership, including both administration and teacher leaders. Small groups from schools are encouraged, so you can bring ideas back to your buildings to share. Registration is now live on the PAMLE Events page. Registration will be limited, so register early.


PAMLE is hosting some great professional development events this fall! On October 8, PAMLE East Region is hosting "Best Practices in Middle Level Education" with Keynote Speaker, Dave Brown at Kutztown University from 8 AM until 3:30 PM. It's a perfect option for Indigenous Peoples’ Day In-Service! The registration cost is $50 per person and just $30 for College/University Students. And PAMLE are also looking for presentation proposals for this event. You may submit a proposal by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Watson ( or Merissa Scarr (

On November 6, PAMLE Southeast Region is hosting "Innovative Instruction at the Middle Level", featuring National Speaker and Author, Jack Berckemeyer at Springton Lake MS from 8:30 AM-3:00 PM. It's a  perfect option for Election Day In-Service! PAMLE members may register for $30 per person or $49 for Non-members. Groups of five or more staff members may register for $20 per person and it's just $10 for College/University Students.

You can register for these events by going to the PAMLE Events page.

Upcoming events

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.

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PAMLE is proud to share this news with our members as part of our Member Benefit Program. Horace Mann, a long time sponsor of PAMLE has a new and special offer to PAMLE members.

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Collaborative Advocacy

Dr. Carol Watson and Dr. Priya Poehner accompanied Middle Level teacher education students from Kutztown and Lock Haven Universities tothe Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg on February 16, 2018. Middle Level Education students at these two PASSHE sister schools planned and created "talking points" to counter the House Bill (HB1386) in the Senate Education Committee that proposes changes to current teacher certification with guidance from Dr. Watson and Dr. Poehner. Students met with Mr. Lee Derr, and administrative representatives of Senators Scavello and Eichelberger. The students focused on addressing the need for teachers to be prepared to teach research based, developmentally responsive curriculum specific to the unique needs of young adolescents. The collaborative team was treated to a VIP tour of the House and Senate floors at the end of the visit.


Member Schools


Tell Your Story!

PAMLE Keynote Speaker, Mark Brown, wants you to "Tell Your Story" so check out his latest blog article on his website: The Power of Perspective!

STW TEAM Training

Meet the newest members of our State Schools to Watch Team after completing the training in State College July 15 & 16. Congratulations and thanks to all!

State Conference Proposals

PAMLE is seeking proposals to present for their state conference. 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 this form and submit it to Bruce Vosburgh on or before Tuesday, September 25, 2018 -

Information about Act 45

Here's an important message for all members, especially our principals and other administrators about your Act 45 Hours.


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 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.

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.

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

William Alexander Award

Bruce Vosburgh was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) as the William Alexander Award: Outstanding PAMLE Member. The award is named after, William Alexander was a leader in the middle school movement beginning in the early 1960s. The William Alexander Award from PAMLE is meant to honor a leader in Pennsylvania who is actively involved in promoting the middle school movement. Bruce has been a leader in PAMLE and Schools to Watch for many years. His influence can be felt in middle schools throughout the state. We are proud to announce Bruce Vosburgh as PAMLEs William Alexander Award winner.

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!

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.


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.

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

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