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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

Registration for PAMLE20 Conference with meals is now closed

Registration for the #PAMLE20 Conference with meals is now closed. Full Registration without meals is still open. Conference attendees without meals may attend keynote general sessions in standing areas and open seating Also there are no longer rooms available at Toftrees but attendees may make reservations in the block at the Holiday Inn Express using code AML using this link.

PAMLE Night at the Phillies Fundraiser

Again this spring, PAMLE will have a night at the Phillies as a fundraiser for the organization. We would greatly appreciate your support by buying tickets for the game to be played on Saturday, May 2 at 4:05 PM vs. the Colorado Rockies. Tickets are available for purchase here as well as at the State Conference in March. Join other supporters of middle level education at this Phillies game to support the work of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. All proceeds from this game will go to PAMLE to support their work with middle schools across PA as well as their State Conference at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College on February 28 – March 2, 2021. Thank you for your support!

PAMLE Executive Board Member is a 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!

Joy Rosser is president of the southeast region for PAMLE, a member of the state board, and a 6th grade teacher at Kennett Middle School in the Kennett Consolidated School District. Joy will be presenting at the PAMLE 2020 State Conference March 1 to 3 at Toftrees in State college, PA. Register on the PAMLE website if you haven’t already! 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)

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



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Nominate for a PAMLE Award

One of the many things PAMLE does is recognize excellence and commitment. The deadline for nominations for many of our PAMLE Awards is coming fast! Consider nominating a colleague for one of the following awards: Joan Jarrett Award, Lincoln Investment Promising Practitioner Award, Outstanding Administrator Award, Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn, William Alexander Award, Ann Moniot Outstanding Teacher Award, Advocate for Middle Level and Executive Director Award. Information on all of these awards can be found on the PAMLE awards page.

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. 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.


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.

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.


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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