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PAMLE at the Pirates!

Join PAMLE and the Pittsburgh Pirates to support the work of PAMLE with middle schools throughout the state. Purchase tickets for any or all of the following five (5) Pirates games to support PAMLE. Outfield Box ticket purchases starting at $29 include a $10 donation back to PAMLE. Infield Grandstand ticket purchases starting at $18 include a $5 donation back to PAMLE. Game selections include; Saturday, June 1 vs the Brewers; Saturday, June 22 vs the Padres; Thursday, July 4 vs the Cubs; Sunday, July 21 vs the Phillies and Friday, August 2 vs the Mets. Please support PAMLE and the Pirates in this joint fundraising effort! Click here to purchase tickets.

Summer Institute 2019

Save the Date for the PAMLE Summer Institute, “Best Practices at the Middle Level” on July 16-17 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Mt. Nittany Middle School in State College, PA. All presentations will address best practices at the middle level including teaming, advisories, emergingtechnologies, curriculum integration, positive behaviors and many more. You will have up to 16 sessions to choose from over the two days. Take advantage of a great School Team Opportunity – register as a school team (4-6 members) and you will be assigned a mentor to work with your team, share ideas, and listen to your specific needs, if requested. Teams could develop a plan to implement back at their school.

And PAMLE is seeking proposals to present at the Summer Institute. PAMLE will provide two free registrations per presentation. Please complete this form and submit it to Bruce Vosburgh on or before May 4.

Leadership Seminar 2019

Mark your calendars for PAMLE's Middle School Leadership Seminar, July 22-23, 2019 at Mt. Nittany Middle School in State College, PA. The seminar is entitled, “Developing a Conceptual Leadership Framework Grounded in Young Adolescent Development” This second seminar addresses the next four 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. Attendance at the first seminar is not a prerequisite to attend this seminar. Register today!

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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

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.

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.

Tell Your Story!

Mark Brown, wants you to "Tell Your Story"  so check out his latest blog article, The Call for CLARITY, on his website!


Member Schools


Bentworth MS in the News

Bentworth’s middle school students are getting a new view of art history through donated windows from the historic Brownlee House. Read about in the Observer-Reporter.

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STW Schools in the news

Bentworth Middle School (Washington Co.) has been redesignated a School to Watch, along with three other Pennsylvania schools recognized three years ago – South Fayette Middle School, Wilson West Middle School and Wilson Southern Middle School. On Feb. 24, these schools will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference at the Penn State Conference Center in State College. Read more in this story in the Observer-Reporter.

News Schools to Watch Named

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. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, the 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:

Andrew W. Mellon Middle School, Mt. Lebanon SD, Pittsburgh, PA

Hampton Middle School, Hampton Township SD, Allison Park, PA

Palisades Middle School, Palisades SD, Kintnersville, PA

These three schools join 38 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Congratulations! Read more here.

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


Did you know that you can help support PAMLE by visiting our GoFundMe page?

PAMLE is a non-profit that depends on memberships and conferences to function. All collected finds will support our Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch initiative as well as professional development opportunities across the state.

You can help influence the future of our young adolescents by supporting PAMLE. We thank you for your kind consideration.


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.

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