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Awards Descriptions


Joan Jarrett Student Award
The Joan Jarrett student award is designed to honor outstanding young adolescents who are in the “middle” and who generally don’t receive recognitions. To be eligible, the student should demonstrate leadership abilities, good citizenship, and should have made positive contributions to their school and community. Click here for the Joan Jarrett Student Award Application.

Promising Practitioners Award: New Teacher Award
This award is presented to teachers who are just beginning their middle school careers. These beginning teachers have made a positive impact on both their school and community. They incorporate effective middle level practices in their everyday teaching. Each PAMLE member school has the opportunity to nominate up to three teachers yearly to receive this distinction. Each participant will receive a certificate at the PAMLE Professional Development Institute. Click here for the New Teacher Award form.

Outstanding Administrator Award
By establishing this award in 2004-05, PAMLE sought to honor administrators who value, understand and support middle level education that promotes powerful learning for young adolescents. Click here for the Outstanding Administrator Award form

Learning to Teach & Teaching to Learn: Student Teacher Recognition

This recognition is presented to outstanding student teachers or interns. PAMLE wants to recognize teaching candidates who have student taught in a middle school and have demonstrated both a commitment to middle level teaching as well as an awareness of young adolescent development. Any student teacher or intern who has completed his/her student teaching in the Fall (deadline Dec. 15) or Spring (deadline Apr. 15) is eligible for this award. These novice teachers will be recognized at the PAMLE Professional Development Institute each Spring. They will receive a certificate, pin and a one-year PAMLE Individual membership. Click here for the Outstanding Student Teacher/Intern Award form.

Executive Director's Partnership Award
This award is presented to an organization or business partner who supports and helps promote middle level education.

William Alexander Award: Outstanding PAMLE Member
This award is presented, at the discretion of the PAMLE President, to an individual who has made a significant, positive contribution to middle level education in the state of Pennsylvania.  

Schools to Watch
Pennsylvania middle grades schools build capacity and recognize schools achieving academic excellence, based on the rigorous 37 criteria established by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.  Schools To Watch Criteria

Advocate for Middle Education Award
This award is for distinguished service to young adolescents. Past recipients have been state legislators, superintendents and representatives from other educational organizations.

Ann Moniot Outstanding Middle Level Teacher
Ann Moniot was a very dynamic educator from the city of Pittsburgh. She was one of the original Board Members of PAMLE. She was also the second president of the Association for Middle Level Education. This award is presented to a middle level educator that has made professional contributions that have positively influenced middle level education as well as middle level students. Click here for the Ann Moniot Award form.

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