Collaboration Mini-Grant

Collaboration is a key concept in the successful education of young adolescents, as identified in the following characteristic from AMLE’s foundational document This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents: Courageous, collaborative leaders make a difference by putting their knowledge and beliefs into action.

This broad concept includes collaboration between teams, collaboration between a team and exploratory, collaboration with parents, collaboration with community agencies, collaboration with another school, and collaboration within the student body.

The Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Fund Committee is awarding two $3,000 Collaboration Mini-Grants in 2019 to middle school educators who have taken leadership roles in developing collaborative projects both within and outside of schools. Recipients of this grant will receive funds to enhance an existing collaborative program or to institute a proposed program. Recipients will be recognized at the AMLE Annual Conference and must present about their collaborative project at a concurrent session. Each grant winner will receive one complementary conference registration and up to $1000 of the award funds can be used to defray the expense of attending the AMLE conference. 

Application Information

Any professional member or school that has been an AMLE school member for at least 12 months may apply.

Provide a narrative summary of the project or program in not more than three pages. Narrative should include:

  • Groups or individuals involved in the collaboration
  • A description of the collaborative process used to design the program, including how students were involved in its development
  • A timeline for implementation
  • Desired outcomes for students in both academic and social/emotional domains
  • How the project will be sustained in the future
  • How this project will benefit your school, your staff, and your students
  • For projects currently in existence, also include:
    • How long the project has been in place
    • How it changed since initiated
    • Observed student outcomes, both academic and social/emotional

Also include:

  • A budget summary detailing how the grant money will be used
  • A letter of support from the school’s principal
  • Pictures, articles, or artifacts that illustrate the project (not required)

Each year, applications must be submitted electronically to AMLE no later than April 15. Submissions should be sent to

Collaboration Mini-Grant Application

Past Winners

2018 Winners

Avonworth Middle School
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ewa Makai Middle School

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

2017 Winners

Hudson Middle School
Hudson, Ohio

Pictured (l to r): Shaun Gaskin, Barb Gayheart, KC Nemec, and Kara Gilanyi presenting on The Partnership of PBL to Empower Students

North Hills Middle School
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pictured: Joe Welch and Vicki Truchan presenting on Building Bridges: Connecting Communities and Generations via Oral History and Primary Source Research

2016 Winner

Coastal Middle School
Savannah, Georgia

2014 Winner

Vance Middle School
Bristol, Tennessee

Pictured (l to r): AMLE President Ashley Smith, Jr, Annie Edwards, Vonda Beavers, Amy Scott, AMLE Foundation Fund Chair Rebecca Lawson

Annie Edwards (teacher of art, graphic arts, and yearbook), Dr. Amy Scott (principal) and Dr. Vonda Beavers (curriculum coordinator and grant writer) at Vance Middle School in Bristol, Tennessee, won the AMLE Collaboration Mini-Grant for their digital media students' collaboration project. Dr. Beavers described the impact of the AMLE Foundation Fund grant on their project: "The funds made available through AMLE have allowed us to purchase cameras capable of producing high quality images and video for our seventh and eighth grade art and yearbook students. In turn, our middle schoolers are now able to apply the photography, video, and publishing skills that they are learning in class to the creation of meaningful products through their collaboration with high school students, resulting in creating and publishing real-world products for the school and community. It’s project-based learning at its best!"