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Join thousands of middle school educators at AMLE’s 47th Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD, November 12-14, 2020. Save $50 with promo code A20PAMLE

Resources from AMLE and PAMLE

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. 

Act 48 credit will be given for webinars cosponsored by AMLE and PAMLE.

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

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.

Concurrent sessions presented by STW designated school members and other dedicated schools offered strategies and ideas on middle level topics such as Google classroom, team building, academic achievement, flexible seating, student-centered learning, character education, and STW criteria, just to name a few. Attendees acquired best practices and simultaneously networked with colleagues to expand their passion for middle level schools and students.

Our keynote speakers gave us food for thought at each presentation. The original Phillies Phanatic, Dave Raymond taught us about the power of fun, while Pat Colleluori of HEADStrong inspired to always find ways help others and Dr. Rob Furman asked us to consider every day the future of education in the 21st century.

In between sessions and speakers, exhibitors and vendors added flare to the conference with the latest resources, instructional materials, and educational services. Representatives offered products and services to support educators, classrooms and students.

PAMLE honored its members through the annual comprehensive awards program. STW designated and re-designated schools, outstanding teachers and administrators, the Promising Practitioner and the William Alexander recipient were recognized and congratulated for their outstanding contributions to middle level schools and students. Congratulations to this year's PAMLE award winners! For further details on these distinguished awards, refer to the PAMLE home page.

 Still need to complete an evaluation? You can find both session and conference evaluations here!

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. Our plan is to reschedule this fundraiser, if possible, to meet our needs. For those that have already bought tickets, we will first look to you for appropriate dates. If we cannot come up with a date, we will refund everyone who has previously bought tickets. We would hope that if we are able to reschedule, you would consider supporting PAMLE and purchase tickets to the rescheduled game. As a nonprofit, we rely on this fundraiser to support the work we do with middle schools throughout the state. Thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe as we all are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

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 as follows, and think this is a great way to keep students engaged in their middle school experience while out of the classroom:

  • A testimonial: Students can write a statement of 1000 characters or less in response to one or two prompts:
  • How has a teacher, principal, or other adult in your school had a positive influence on or encouraged you?
  • What’s your favorite thing about middle school?
  • Two-dimensional art: This can be any type of artwork including, but not limited to, watercolor, pencil, oil painting, photography, and digital images. The art should express the energy and culture of your middle school and should be submitted as a high-resolution photo or .jpg image. The art should be accompanied by a statement from the student about the inspiration for the art (1-4 sentences).
  • A reflective poem: We’re seeking a poem either about the student, about an adult they appreciate at the school, or about their experiences in middle school.

Each 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 and at the #AMLE20 Annual Conference, November 12-14, in National Harbor, MD. Submissions are due May 15, 2020. Please contact April Tibbles with any questions.

Upcoming events

Education Talk Radio

Listen to Ericka UskaliExecutive 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.

PA Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to North Hills’ own Joe Welch who was just named Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year for 2020! Joe is an eighth grade social studies teacher at North Hills Middle School.


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



Member Schools


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’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.

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.


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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