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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 - rooms at Toftrees are quickly filling up! If the hotel is full at the time of reservation, attendees may make reservations in the block at the Holiday Inn Express using code AML using this link.  

Looking for Vendors & Exhibitors!

Consider being a Vendor/Exhibitor at the PAMLE 2020 State Conference! This annual event is sponsored by The Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. PAMLE services educators who work with adolescents. We are anticipating 250 administrators, teachers, counselors, university professors, and aspiring mid-level educators from across the state. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in State College! 


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.

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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


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.



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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.

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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