The PAMLE Conference 2019 will be held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP)Conference, February 24-26, 2019 at The Penn Stater Conference Center in State College. This joint event will allow participants to attend sessions hosted by both organizations. PASAP is also proud to welcome the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Professionals. PAMLE is extremely excited to be celebrating its 36th annual conference! PAMLE is the leading advocate for middle level education in PA, promoting and enhancing the role of middle level education by promoting best instructional practices for young adolescents. Registration is now open! Visit the Conference webpage for more information including descriptions of the wonderful sessions to choose from!
Phils and Pirates Fundraiser!
PAMLE will be kicking off its 1st Fundraiser at the PAMLE State Conference in State College February 24-26, 2019. A fundraiser is necessary to aid PAMLE in funding our Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch Program, as well as supporting professional development initiatives throughout the state.
We want to make it a fun competition between Phillies Fans and Pirate Fans, OR the East against the West!! Who can sell the most tickets? What school will be the big winner?? Our goal is to sell 500 Phillies Tickets and 500 Pirates Tickets. Both games will be Friday May 3rd @ 7:00 PM. Download this flyer for more information.
Summer Institute 2018
We had another great Summer Institute last week at Mt. Nittany MS led by our keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Furman. Thanks to everyone who presented and attended! If you missed it, you can check out many of the presentation resources right here.
PAMLE 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your username and password. Building administrators - to give website access to members contact Paul Meck at email@example.com.
STW Schools in the news
Bentworth Middle School (Washington Co.) has been redesignated a School to Watch, along with three other Pennsylvania schools recognized three years ago – South Fayette Middle School, Wilson West Middle School and Wilson Southern Middle School. On Feb. 24, these schools will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference at the Penn State Conference Center in State College. Read more in this story in the Observer-Reporter.
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.
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NWPAMLE SPring Conference
Northwest PA Middle Level Education Association Presents: THE TRIED AND TRUE SHOWCASE! Join us for and an educational POTLUCK! So out of the PSSA rut, you can come unstuck. You have good ideas; so much to be proud! Now let’s celebrate your accomplishments aloud! The Showcase will take place on Tuesday, April 2, from 5:00pm - 7:30pm at Edinboro University. Visit pamle.org/northwest for more details and to register.
Tell Your Story!
Mark Brown, wants you to "Tell Your Story" so check out his latest blog article, The Call for CLARITY, on his website!
News Schools to Watch Named
Three 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, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, the Horace Mann Service Corporation and Vibra Life, the Pennsylvania “Schools to Watch” team has announced that the following new schools have met the strict STW criteria:
Andrew W. Mellon Middle School, Mt. Lebanon SD, Pittsburgh, PA
Hampton Middle School, Hampton Township SD, Allison Park, PA
Palisades Middle School, Palisades SD, Kintnersville, PA
These three schools join 38 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Congratulations! Read more here.
Nominate a ColleAgue Today!
One of the many things PAMLE does is recognize excellence and commitment. The deadline for nominations for our PAMLE Awards is coming fast! Consider nominating a colleague for one of the many PAMLE awards by going to pamle.org/Awards
PAMLE is a proud affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education
This Month From GenerationOn!
Check February is Black History Month, and serves as a time to honor and reflect on the expansive history, culture, struggles, accomplishments and contributions of the African American community. Check out these great resources from generationOn.
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. 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.
Hot Topics in Middle Level Ed
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.
Great Advisory Programs
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.