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Upcoming Webinars 

Join us for one final week of free virtual meet-ups as we take a breath and take a moment to think about what our school communities have just experienced, and how we’ll come out of this even stronger next year. Check out the great cosponsored AMLE/PAMLE learning events and collaborative online spaces to support you through the pandemic. All webinars are recorded and available to watch after the live event.

And help us finish the week on Friday by celebrating International Day of Families. It’s truly a time to celebrate the importance of our student families and the partnership that has helped us succeed during this time of remote learning! AMLE has partnered with the HEADstrong Foundation to encourage students to plan a 27-minute activity with their family between May 15-May 22 and post using #Family1st to raise funds in support of families at highest risk of complications due to COVID-19.

Act 48 credit will be given for webinars sponsored by AMLE/PAMLE that have been viewed and attended by dual members! 

Complete these steps to register: 

  1. Go to the COVID-19 Webinars page

  2. Select the webinar(s) you plan to attend.

  3. After joining the webinar, AMLE will send you an ACT 48 Evaluation within 24 hours

  4. All evaluations must be completed within 5 days for attendees to receive credit.

As we continue with COVID-19 related school closures, here is an update on AMLE/PAMLE resources for educators:

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

Upcoming events

AMLE Student Voice and Visuals Competition

As we work to revise our foundational position paper, known over the years as This We Believe, we are especially interested in bringing student voice and visual to the new edition of the book. We are seeking student submissions and think this is a great way to keep students engaged in their middle school experience while out of the classroom. Click here for details and to to submit an entryEach student whose quote, art, and/or poetry is featured in the new book will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and their work will be displayed on AMLE.org and at the #AMLE20 Annual Conference, November 12-14, in National Harbor, MD. Submissions are due May 15, 2020. 

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.

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

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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 2020 Conference

PAMLE20 was another outstanding three days for school community members across Pennsylvania. The 2020 PAMLE State Conference educated and entertained close to 300 participants and presenters. A platform of keynote addresses, conference sessions, Speed Learning, exhibitors and vendors all contributed to an informative, enlightening and inspirational conference. Click here to read more about this year's event.

UPDATE: PAMLE Night at the Phillies Fundraiser

We know you all are aware of the many cancellations and postponements of upcoming activities concerning the COVID-19 virus. Major League Baseball has delayed the start of the 2020 baseball season. We have been in contact with the Phillies, and at this point the start of the season is still to be determined. They are very willing to work with us once the season is back on track. 

PAMLE New author!

Discover the seemingly unparalleled connections between classrooms and Greater Philadelphia businesses in Joy Rosser’s newly published book, 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. Teachers improving classrooms and influencing students; business leaders stimulating companies and motivating employees . . . with the same strategies and the same perspectives! The two realms have finally merged in a book that will ignite your heart to live with fire, passion, and purpose. As if there is any other way! 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)

Schools To Watch 2020

Two 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 (PAMLE), Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Kutztown University, and the Horace Mann Service Corporation. The Pennsylvania “Schools to Watch” leadership team has announced that the following new schools have met the strict STW criteria:

  • Harrold Middle School
  • West Hempfield Middle School

These two schools join 40 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Read the full story here.

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


DISCOUNTS FROM HORACE MANN

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.

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. 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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