Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education


AMLE Comes to Philadelphia!

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 by Terry Vosburgh.)

Upcoming events

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

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



As you may be aware, background check services are centrally managed for all commonwealth agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Read about some potential delays in these services right here.


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.

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!

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.

NAtional Forum Newsletter

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

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

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.

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