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Creating Connections Webinar

SAVE the DATE! PAMLE is offering their 1st webinar on Tuesday, July 28 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM on Zoom, entitled “Creating Connections with Kids!!” This is a FREE webinar, but you MUST register on the PAMLE website at

Guest speakers include Patti Kinney, an award winning middle level educator, consultant, speaker, and author as well as past president of AMLE, Dr. Judy Brough, an international middle level consultant and recipient of AMLE’s John Lounsbury Award and Julie Cook, a teacher at Souderton Charter School Collaborative in Souderton, PA. SCSC is a PA School to Watch school and Julie is an expert at "creating" and sustaining "connections with kids".

Don’t miss this FREE webinar, registration opens Monday, July 13. This webinar will be limited to the first 100 registrants! Hope to see you on the 28th!

PAMLE State Conference 2021

The PAMLE Executive Board is pleased to be announcing the opening of registration and call for presenters for the 2021 State Conference – #PAMLE21. The 46th Annual Conference, PAMLE21, will be held at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA on February 28-March 2, 2021. Early Bird Registrations, available until August 31, 2020, will offer a great savings for attendees. Conference Presenters will receive a $25.00 discount upon registration.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious concern worldwide for gatherings, both large and small. Everyone has experienced many opportunities to learn from the events of the first half of 2020. PAMLE is fully aware of the options that may need to be activated in the event of PAMLE21 being held as a hybrid conference or even cancellation. If the conference is not held as planned, all registrations will have the option of receiving a full refund. PAMLE invites you to join us in another amazing conference, promoting best practices for middle level education!

Call for Presenters!

PAMLE presentation submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Submissions received before August 31, 2020 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. The form will be closed when we are no longer accepting applications.

Concurrent Sessions

These are traditional 60-minute sessions dealing with current topics relevant to middle level educators. Innovative instructional methods and special programs are featured. Click here to submit a concurrent session proposal.

Speed Sessions 

This format is to give beginning or experienced presenters an opportunity to share a best practice in 15 minutes. 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 three times within the 60 minute session. Click here to submit a speed session proposal.

Upcoming events

Legislative Updates

Education Talk Radio

Listen to Ericka Uskali, Executive Director of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, discuss "Emphasizing the Middle Grades" as a guest on a recent episode of Education Talk Radio.


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 please send an  email to to get your username and password. Building administrators - to give website access to members contact Paul Meck at



Member Schools


Schools To Watch 2020

Harrold Middle School and West Hempfield Middle School have both 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 (PAMLE), Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Kutztown University, and the Horace Mann Service Corporation. These two schools join 40 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Read the full story here.

Summer Resources from DNCR

Help for educators from PA State Parks - Free subscriptions, fun resources, earn Act 48 hours, & online/in-person learning this summer! Click here for more details! 

AMLE Statement on Racism

The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, as an affiliate member of AMLE and action of the PAMLE Executive Board, embraces and endorses the following statement. Read more...

Podcast Features PAMLE

Dive into the network designed specifically for Middle School Teachers, as co-hosts Mike, Jeannine, and Matt share a conversation with Joy Rosser and Bruce Vosburgh. With more than 50 years of combined school experience, Joy and Bruce give insights into the Association for Middle Level Educations (AMLE) and more specifically, PAMLE! Well done Bruce and Joy! Check out this episode of the RethinkingEDU podcast!

Take the PD Survey

PAMLE is looking to create professional development experiences that would help middle level educators address the needs of their students. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey. Your answers will help guide us as we plan for the coming year. You may take the survey here.

COVID Resources

AMLE's COVID-19 Resource Center - We have continued to update our open access Supporting Middle Level Educators through COVID-19 webspace, which is now a searchable database and tips for selecting the right online learning tools, includes new remote advisory activities, and recordings of last week’s webinars.

PAMLE COVID-19 Resource Page - We are collecting great resources from our PAMLE community to help Pennsylvania Middle School Educators as they navigate these new waters in teaching and supporting kids during this difficult time. 

Hope you are all staying well and a huge THANK YOU for all you’re doing to keep our school communities safe and on track during this time

In Memory of Conrad Toepfer

Conrad Toepfer, one of the five "Founding Fathers" of the Middle Level Movement, passed away on April 20. For more than 60 years, Connie touched the lives of thousands of educators, and, through them, millions of children. Now, we are asking that you return a small part of his generosity. Connie’s family needs help. A group of his friends, students and colleagues have set up this Go Fund Me page to seek your help in providing for the Toepfer family’s immediate needs

Visit the Conrad Toepfer Memorial Family Fund page on GoFundMe.

PAMLE New author!

PAMLE Board Member Joy Rosser’s newly published book is Sharing Mindsets: Where Classrooms and Businesses Meet. Ron Jaworski, and CEOs/leaders of local companies such as Wawa, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Bradford White, Toll Brothers, Herr’s, KIND Snacks, and many more, provide inspirational messages and strategies. In this unique collection of classroom-business mindsets for personal growth, relational growth, and service growth, you will be powerfully encouraged to maximize who you are so you can be and give your best to others. You can order a copy of her book right here!

Note: This book is not sponsored by PAMLE and the views presented may not reflect the views of PAMLE)

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


Horace Mann, a Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Education corporate sponsor, offers members and employees affordable auto insurance with discounts and unique benefits. Start enjoying these educator benefits and saving money today! Contact your local Horace Mann representative to learn more.


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. 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.


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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