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PAMLE Executive Board Announces New Executive Director

State College, PA—The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) Executive Board is thrilled to announce the selection of Paul A. Meck as the association’s next executive director. Meck officially assumed the role on August 10, 2019, following the retirement of Leonard R. Ference, who served the association for more than thirty years.

A seasoned association member and leader, with a proven track record of growing membership, Meck is passionate about building strong relationships with schools, school leaders and policy makers, offering meaningful professional development and doing what is best for young adolescents. Most recently he served as Associate Executive Director for PAMLE. In preceding years, he was PAMLE State Executive Board President and Director of the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch program.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization of talented and dedicated members," Meck said. "I look forward to exploring new ways to support our members and middle-grades schools."

Paul Meck retired from Mechanicsburg Area School District after serving 35 years as a teacher, coach, team leader, school counselor and program coordinator. He and his wife Diann have 2 children, 5 grandchildren and live in Mechanicsburg, PA.

THANK you LEN FERENCE!

PAMLE would like to thank Len Ference for 33 years of service as a member and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. The PAMLE board regretfully voted to accept Len's resignation as Executive Director of PAMLE in August. Read more in this letter from PAMLE President, Dan Tracy..

Register now for PAMLE Conference 2020!

Registration is now open for the PAMLE State Conference 2020! The Conference is March 1-3 at Toftrees Golf and Resort in State College, PA. As you may already know, PAMLE has decided to once again go out on their own to provide an outstanding middle level professional development opportunities for all attendees. Register early to save money for the conference. Specific presentations and Keynote speakers will be added to the website in early Fall. Register early to guarantee a spot, as attendance for the conference will be limited to the first 250. Register today!

Call for Conference Presenters!

The call for session presenters for the PAMLE 2020 State Conference has begun!! Presentation submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Submissions received before August 31, 2019 will be notified by September 13. Submissions received on or after August 31 will be notified by September 30. If accepted, Primary Presenter will receive a $25 discount to the conference. This form will be closed when we are no longer accepting applications. Click here to submit a proposal for the 2020 Conference!

PAMLE Speed Session Application

This format is to give beginning or experiences presenters an opportunity to share a best practice in a 15 minute presentation. Each 60 minute session is divided into three 15-minute segments, allowing participants to get more personal attention and more information in a short amount of time. Each presenter will present their session three times within the 60 minute session. Click here for to submit for a speed session presentation.

Upcoming events

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 support@pamle.org to get your username and password. Building administrators - to give website access to members contact Paul Meck at pmeck@verizon.net.

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!

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EAST REGION PD Institute

Check out the UPCOMING EVENTS section of our website for all the latest opportunities, Our next event is the 2nd Annual Professional Development Institute on October 14, 2019 at Kutztown University. The event, "Best Practices at the Middle Level", features Jack Berckemeyer and is presented by PAMLE East Region. The cost is $50 and just $30 for full time university students.

Do you have a presentation proposal for Professional Institute event? The deadline for proposals for the conference has been extended for another week! Click here to submit your proposal.

SE Region FALL Conference

On November 5th, Palisades Middle School will be hosting the PAMLE SE Regional Conference during which time educators will be sharing their best practices with each other: classroom management, lesson planning, technology integration, centers and differentiation, mentoring, mindfulness, student voice/choice, enrichment activities, and more. Have a great presentation to share? Session proposals will be accepted until Friday, September 27. Submit your proposal here!!

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.

School's Out!

Congratulations on completing another school year, and welcome to summer!

If you're excited about this summer, then chances are you'll be ready to hit the beach or pool with friends and family or take a much needed vacation to an exciting destination. But don't forget to take some time to make sure your insurance and retirement plans are still on track.

PAMLE partners with Horace Mann to help provide solutions to the challenges members face every day - in and outside of the classroom.

We offer affordable auto, home life and disability insurance, as well as retirement solutions and financial wellness education. We also offer programs to help you find more money in your budget and ongoing guidance to help grow and protect your assets with confidence.

Click here to request a no-obligation auto insurance quote. Or for additional information, feel free to contact your local Horace Mann representative.

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


PAMLE GoFundMe

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.

SHARE A BEST PRACTICE!

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.

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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