The AMLE Foundation Fund provides a means through which tax-deductible gifts can be made that support programs benefiting practitioners, schools, universities, and students in middle level education.
The Foundation Fund sponsors the following award and grants:
The fund has been used to award $1,000 "This We Believe" grants to educators implementing programs that follow the best practices of middle grades schools as identified in the This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents. The fund also supports the Legacy Project, a project to identify and describe the factors that led to the development, evolution, and progress of contemporary middle level education.
Contributions to the Foundation Fund qualify as gifts, deductible on the donor's income tax returns. The Foundation is an "endowed fund" with the principal being retained and the income being expended for programs benefiting those in middle level education.
Levels of Giving
||$5,000 and above
The AMLE Foundation Legacy Circle was created by the Foundation Fund Committee to honor permanently those middle level educators who have had a major impact on the lives of young adolescents. Anyone may nominate a candidate for this honor. After the candidate is vetted by the Legacy Circle Committee, the candidate will be inducted into the Legacy Circle when a total of $5,000 has been donated to the Foundation in honor or memory of the nominee.
Recent nominations to the Legacy Circle
The 2018 Inductees into the Legacy Circle
The 2017 Inductees into the Legacy Circle:
The 2015 Inductees into the Legacy Circle
The 2014 inductees into the Legacy Circle are the five founders of the Middle Level Movement:
You may contribute to the Legacy Circle for inducting the above nominees by making a donation to the Foundation Fund in any amount in their honor or memory. They will be eligible when donations in each of their separate names reach $5,000.
John H. Lounsbury
Throughout his long and distinguished career, John H. Lounsbury has been a constant, committed advocate for young adolescents as well as for those who teach and serve them in other ways. His leadership in middle level education spans a period of more than 60 years and includes exemplary teaching, mentoring, leadership, writing, editing, research, and professional service. He has significantly influenced the nature of contemporary middle level education. Because of his special contributions, values, and integrity, he has been referred to as the "conscience of the middle school."
- Edited the Middle School Journal (1976-1990)
- Chair of NMSA's Publications Committee (1985-2002) and Editor, Professional Publications (2002-present)
- Co-author of This We Believe
- Founder of the Professors of Middle Level Education, an affiliate organization of NMSA.
- Board of Directors, ASCD
- Co-Director of the Georgia Lighthouse Schools-to-Watch Program
- First recipient of an Award for Distinguished Service to Middle Level Education which became the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award (1978)
- Georgia State College and State University named the school of education the John H. Lounsbury School of Education (1997)
- Cited in the Congressional Record for his contributions to the field of middle level education
Middle level education is forever indebted to John H. Lounsbury for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
William M. Alexander
Because of his pioneering work in the conceptualization and establishment of the middle school, Dr. William (Bill) M. Alexander is widely recognized as the "father of the middle school." He proposed the creation of middle schools in 1963 and conducted the first comprehensive national study of middle schools in 1968. Dr. Alexander's visionary research effort provided the baseline for subsequent studies of the implementation of middle school organization that provided a critical measure of the growth and implementation of programs and practices in middle schools over four decades.
- Senior author of one of the first books on middle school education
- World-renowned curriculum expert
- Co-authored The Emergent Middle School (1968)
- Co-authored The Exemplary Middle School (1981)
- Recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (1981)
- Helped develop the first This We Believe
- President, ASCD
- Member of NMSA's Critical Issues and Publications Committees
Middle level education is forever indebted to William M. Alexander for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Donald H. Eichhorn
Donald H. Eichhorn provided a distinctive leadership role in the middle school movement. He was a pioneer in the implementation of developmentally responsive middle schools in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, where he spent the first 26 years of his career. While serving as Assistant Superintendent, he worked with the principals of Fort Couch Middle School and Boyce Middle School to create middle schools that were multi-aged, with young adolescents grouped for instruction based on developmental readiness. These two middle schools served as early models for other school districts that were planning to create new middle schools. In his 1966 book The Middle School, the first middle school book written, he used the term transescence, which he had coined, to give an identity to this level or stage of development which begins prior to the onset of puberty and extends through the early stages of adolescence. A theme that always ran through his publications, professional presentations, and consultancies was the uniqueness of the age group and the need to base decisions about middle school curriculum, instruction, and schooling on that uniqueness.
- Provided distinctive leadership in the middle school movement
- Helped develop middle schools to serve as early models for others planning to implement middle school.
- Superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District, Lewisburg, PA
- Author of The Middle School, the first middle school book written (1966)
- Recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award (1983)
- NMSA dedicated its 1991 Annual Conference to him
- PMSA established the Donald H. Eichhorn Award for Excellence in middle level education in his honor
- Lewisburg, Pennsylvania School District named an award-winning middle school in his honor, the Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School
Middle level education is forever indebted to Donald H. Eichhorn for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Conrad F. Toepfer, Jr.
The contributions that Conrad F. Toepfer, Jr. has made to middle level education are manifold and profound. He is a distinguished scholar, visionary educator, and long-time proponent of middle level programs, practices, and schools that recognize and respect the rights and educational welfare of young adolescents. He is a staunch advocate of social justice, children's rights, and all aspects of authentic middle level curriculum reform. Since the inception of the middle school idea, Toepfer has been a powerful voice for human rights and the need to help young adolescents develop enduring positive attitudes about themselves and others. Human rights, equity, and democracy are themes that prevail throughout Dr. Toepfer's life and career. He believes that one of the most important central challenges to middle level education is educating moral citizens who can responsibly participate in a democratic society.
- Recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (1985)
- Instrumental in the founding of NMSA
- President of NMSA (1987-88)
- Chairman of the Middle Level Council of NASSP
- Edited the Quarterly Journal The Journal on Emerging Adolescents
- Edited the Journal Dissemination on the Middle Grades
- Recipient of the William Gruhn-Forrest Long Award for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (1986)
- Influential leader in New York State Middle School Association
- Recipient of the Louis E. Raths Award from the New York Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Middle level education is forever indebted to Conrad F. Toepfer, Jr. for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Gordon F. Vars
Gordon F. Vars was a lifelong middle level education leader and friend of the Association for Middle Level Education. He helped form the Midwest Middle School Association, which later became National Middle School Association (now AMLE), and served as its first president. He was a leading proponent of core curriculum, a person-centered, democratic approach to education, and helped form the National Association for Core Curriculum. Dr. Vars was on the writing team for the first edition of This We Believe, published in 1982, and he helped draft the first national standards for middle level teacher preparation. Of great importance to Dr. Vars was keeping in contact with young adolescents throughout his career. He originally taught eighth grade, but continued to teach in the middle school through his university career and in Sunday school classes. He was a prolific author of articles, books, and chapters and won several state and national awards.
- Involved in the creation of the Midwest Middle School Association and in its later conversion in 1973 into the National Middle School Association
- First President of National Middle School Association
- One of the authors of the first edition of This We Believe
- Recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (1987)
- A member of the Professional Preparation Advisory Board that wrote the first national standards for middle level teacher preparation
- Recipient of the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (1987)
- Played a significant role in the founding of the National Association for Core Curriculum 1954
- Recipient of the Ohio Middle School Educator Award which in 2001 was named in his honor.
- Author of many middle level articles, research reports and books
Middle level education is forever indebted to Gordon F. Vars for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
C. Kenneth "Ken" McEwin
Dr. C. Kenneth McEwin is recognized as the leading authority in middle level teacher preparation. He has conducted many research studies on teacher preparation and written extensively about the importance of specialized professional preparation for teachers of young adolescents. For more than 20 years he has served as the Association for Middle Level Education (previously National Middle School Association) coordinator for the national review of middle level teacher preparation programs seeking national recognition as part of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation process. McEwin provided leadership for the development of specialized middle level teacher preparation programs at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, and in 1975 the undergraduate and graduate programs there were among the first middle level preparation programs in the nation. Dr. McEwin served as the coordinator for undergraduate and graduate middle grades education at Appalachian State University for 22 years. He is currently (2011) Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Coordinator of Graduate Middle Grades Teacher Preparation at Appalachian State University.
McEwin’s abiding hallmark has been his persisting concern about “what is good for kids and improving life and education for young adolescents.” His honest humility about the lasting impact of his work is respected.
- A founder of the North Carolina Middle School Association (NCMSA) (1981).
- First Executive Director of NCMSA.
- First editor of NCMSA Journal.
- President of NMSA (1983).
- Received the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (1989).
- Member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee that wrote the first Early Adolescence Generalist Standards\Member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (1997-2008).
- Member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Task Force on Middle Level Leadership (2005-2008).
- Presented at many professional organization conferences including the Association for Middle Level Education, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the European League for Middle Level Education.
Middle level education is forever indebted to C. Kenneth McEwin for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Kathy Hunt Ullock has been involved in middle level education since 1973 as a math teacher, team leader, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, director of staff development, and a consultant based in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, and Washington State. She was a true BELIEVER in middle level education. She was a champion of teachers and administrators on their paths to becoming great middle grades professionals with her support and inspiration. Kathy Hunt Ullock will be greatly missed by her friends at AMLE.
- Member of a ten person team to plan the philosophy, program, and physical plant of an exemplary middle school in Broomfield, Colorado (1982).
- Member of a six person team from the United States to present at the first European conference on middle level education held in Brussels, Belgium in 1987. Kathy made a return visit in 2001 to keynote the same conference held in Budapest, Hungary.
- Consulted for the National Resource Center for Middle Grades Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. A result of this affiliation led to her assisting the American Department of Defense schools in Germany and England with their conversion to middle school philosophy, programs, and practices.
- Received "The Award of Distinction' 'from the College of Education at The Ohio State University for her work with middle level students and teachers (1997).
- Well known for her humor and practical “hands-on” approach, Kathy has presented at schools and conferences in 48 states and 16 foreign countries.
- President and founder of Creative Solutions, which specializes in innovative programs and practices at the middle level.
- Featured presenter on teaming in two CDs published by AMLE (NMSA).
- Coauthored two books, Because You Teach and Middle School Matters with Debbie Silver, Rick Wormeli, and Monte Selby.
Middle level education is forever indebted to Kathy Hunt Ullock for her leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Alfred A. Arth
Dr. Alfred A. Arth has carried the message of the importance of developmentally responsive middle schools to a wide range of audiences since the beginning of the middle school movement. Arth was a prolific speaker and author, having published more than 100 books and articles. He taught in teacher preparation programs at York College, the University of Wyoming, the University of Virginia, and the University of Nebraska. In Nebraska, Arth developed one of the first doctoral level middle school programs, organized summer middle level academies (Kids on Campus), and instituted many other special activities. He was a support and inspiration to many aspiring teachers on their paths to becoming great middle grades teachers. Dr. Arth will be greatly missed by his friends at AMLE.
- Chaired the committee that wrote the first edition of the NMSA publication This We Believe (1982).
- A founding member of NASSP’s Middle Level Council ( 1981-1995).
- Received the Distinguished Professional |Service |Award, NASSP (1981-1995).
- NMSA Board of Trustee member (1988-89), chaired a national committee for NMSA (1988), member of the Research in Middle Level Education Editorial Board, NMSA.
- Received the NASSP Gruhn-Long-Melton Award for distinguished service and leadership in improving middle level education (1997).
- Co-authored Agenda for Excellence at the Middle Level for NASSP (1998).
- Received the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (2007).
- Received the Network Publication Award: Middle Grades Network, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (2007).
- Consultant to Native American tribes in Nebraska.
Middle level education is forever indebted to Alfred A. Arth for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
While Dr. John H. Swaim was president of National Middle School Association (NMSA) in 1980, he realized the need for having a comprehensive clarifying document that defined this new middle school. He, therefore, appointed an NMSA committee to develop a position paper. The work of this committee led to publication of the first This We Believe in 1982. This historic and influential document has since been revised and released in 1995, 2003, and 2010. Swaim was also a pioneer in the advocacy for specialized middle level teacher preparation and middle level teacher certification/licensure. The middle level teacher preparation program he developed at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley (UNC-G), was one of the first middle level teacher preparation programs in the nation and served as a model for many other early preparation programs. During his tenure as professor at UNC-G, Dr. Swaim provided leadership for establishment of the first campus organization for prospective middle level teachers. This lead to the development of the Collegiate Middle Level Association, which became an affiliate member of NMSA in 1989. He also served on the NMSA task force that wrote the first national standards for middle level teacher preparation – The National Middle School Association/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Approved Middle Level Teacher Preparation Standards. As a professor at Otterbein College in Ohio, he helped design and implement successful middle level teacher preparation programs and provided leadership in the establishment of middle level teacher certification in the state of Ohio before his retirement in 2007. Swaim’s strong commitment to middle level youth and those adults who work to guide and teach them have impacted the lives of thousands.
During her 14 years of service (1993-2007) as executive director of National Middle School Association (NMSA), Sue Swaim provided distinguished leadership that saw the association gain new heights of national and international prominence and influence. Her tenure was highlighted by many notable events and achievements including the establishment of a satellite office in Washington, D.C., the initiation and continued celebration of October as the Month of the Young Adolescent, and the establishment of collaborative relationships and joint projects with other national organizations. She also provided leadership for the relocation and expansion in facilities and personnel of NMSA’s headquarters, a doubling of membership, and the development of Success in the Middle: A Policymaker’s Guide to Achieving Quality Middle Level Education, a major policy statement based on This We Believe. Swaim instituted the development of the second and third editions of This We Believe and was one of the writers in the development of the third and fourth editions. During her tenure as executive director of NMSA, the number of state and provincial affiliate organizations expanded to include nearly every state, Canadian provinces, and several other countries. Upon her retirement, the NMSA Board of Trustees recognized her contributions by granting her the status of executive director emeritus. Ms. Swaim is a popular speaker who has made keynote addresses and presentations across the nation and in Canada, China, and New Zealand. She is the author or co-author of more than 70 professional publications and a sought after consultant who remains active in middle level education. Sue Swaim is a great role model and mentor for showing how well the middle school philosophy can be put into practice.
Thomas "Tom" O. Erb
As editor of the Middle School Journal from 1994 to 2009, Dr. Thomas Erb took National Middle School Association’s (NMSA) flagship publication through expansion and improvement. He is also author and co-author of more than 90 professional publications including journal articles, book chapters, books, research reports, monographs, occasional papers, and columns. Much of his published work focuses on middle level teacher preparation, interdisciplinary teaming, and middle school curriculum. He has also presented at several hundred national and international conferences and served as consultant to more than 200 school districts, higher education institutions, policy-making groups, agencies, and other groups. A scholar, researcher, writer, philosopher, advocate, curriculum specialist, administrator and foremost, a teacher, Tom Erb’s dedicated service to middle school education and the NMSA has been both extensive and significant. Dr. Erb will be greatly missed by his friends at AMLE.
- Member of the NMSA Board of Directors (1983 – 1986), Ex-Officio member of the NMSA Publications Committee (1994 – 2009)
- Editor, The Journal of the Kansas Association for Middle Level Education (1987 – 1994)
- Chair of the NMSA Professional Preparation Advisory Board (1990-1994)
- Edited The NMSA Founders Series for the Middle School Journal (1990 – 1994)
- NMSA Manuscript Review Board for Research in Middle Level Education Online (1991 – 2011)
- Honored by having KAMLE establish the Thomas O. Erb Award for Excellence in Teaming (1993)
- Received the John Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (2008)
- Member of the AMLE Foundation Fund Committee (2013 - 2015)
Middle level education is forever indebted to Thomas O. Erb for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Paul George is widely recognized both nationally and internationally for his expertise in and passion for middle level education. Starting his career as a junior high and high school teacher, Paul has spent more than 40 years as a teacher, trainer, and professor in public schools, universities, human service organizations, and corporations. He has volunteered as a public school teacher one week each semester for the last 35 years. In his role as a consultant, Paul has worked with education groups of all kinds in nearly 50 states and in 15 countries: Bermuda, China, Greece, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Tanzania, Turkey, Kenya, and the NATO organization. He has served as a consultant to 50 of the 150 largest school districts in America. As a public speaker, he has addressed a total audience numbering more than 100,000 people at state, national, and international conferences, workshops, and meetings, including guest lectures at 26 universities in America, Canada, France, and Japan in the last 30 years.
Paul has conducted research in Japan on educational productivity through a grant from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Identified by Middle School Journal as the "number one ranking scholar" in the field of middle school education through a survey of 241 American university professors and deans. Paul has published 10 books and approximately 150 monographs, book chapters, journal articles, and multimedia materials. His books have been adopted as textbooks in dozens of universities and school districts, three of which were described by Middle School Journal as "classics in the field." The American Association of School Administrators referred to Paul George as "the foremost expert on middle schools in the country." Additionally, Paul is one of the recipients of the Association for Middle Level Education Lounsbury Award for lifetime achievement in middle school education.
Widely recognized for her devotion to improving the lives and education of young adolescents, Dr. Nancy M. Doda has provided middle level consulting services in all 50 states as well as in Canada, Europe, the Far East, and Australia She has conducted thousands of workshops, professional development experiences, and institutes. Well known for her engaging and inspiring speeches, Doda has also contributed significantly to professional literature including the Teacher to Teacher column in the Middle School Journal form 1976 to 1980, co-authoring NEA's long-time bestseller, Team Organization: Promise, Practice and Possibility, and a similarly long-standing publication of the National Middle School Association (NMSA)., Treasure Chest. In addition to publications suited for practitioners, she has written several research publications including an anchor essay on Middle School Equity in The Encyclopedia of Middle School Education, as well as a case study collection, Transforming Ourselves: Transforming Schools. Numerous articles and forwards complement her written contributions. Dr Doda is a well-known and highly regarded consultant who is in great demand as a conference speaker and workshop leader. In recent years, while Nancy continues to address large groups, and offer traditional workshops, she frequently works directly with school staff (eg; teachers and administrators) customizing professional development to address curricula and instructional improvement. The focus of this recent work has been on achieving powerful student learning through superior curriculum design and development, empowering students as a central focus of powerful learning, and coaching teachers in the design and implementation of student-centered instruction.
Her passion for teaching, her love of children, and her commitment to the improvement of middle schools has made her a household name among middle school educators.
- Delivered the first keynote address given by a teacher at NMSA Annual Conference in 1977 and gave keynote addresses in 1984 and 1989
- NMSA Board of Directors (1987 – 1992)
- Received the New England League of Middle Schools Distinguished Service Award (1989)
- Received the Connecticut Association of Secondary School Principals Special Recognition Award (1990)
- Received the Virginia Middle School Association Distinguished Service Award (1996)
- Charter member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (1997 – 2002)
- Received the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (2001)
Middle level education is forever indebted to Nancy M. Doda for hers leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
AMLE's publications have played a key role in the development of the association. They have been a major means of spreading the middle school message, not only to our members but to the profession at large and the public. In addition, their contribution to the income of AMLE has been critical and indispensable. April Tibbles has been instrumental in growing the global reputation of our publications.
Just like the students we serve, April experienced the tremendous growth spurt of AMLE which was accompanied by social emotional and physical changes. From a house with three employees to a huge office with more than thirty; from a mom and pop operation to a multi-million dollar business.
April Tibbles started her career at AMLE at the headquarters that was a house in Columbus. She worked in the mail room (dining room) and general office (living room) and the upstairs that was used for storage of all NMSA publications and supplies. She helped prepare the journal for mailing and fill book orders as well as making trips to the UPS office several times per week. As the association expanded so did April's duties. From 1986 through 1997 she held several positions with the following responsibilities:
- Oversaw production of all association printed materials including periodicals and marketing pieces
- Supervised design and editorial staff
- Contracted with vendors for printing and photography
- Art directed photo shoots
- Planned, purchased, and facilitated development of all advertisements
April serves as Chief Communications Officer as well as editor of AMLE Magazine and AMLE Newsletter. Other responsibilities since 2003 include:
- Publish two peer-reviewed journals, a quarterly magazine and books
- Manage off-site editors, planning publication themes and messages, determining cover and internal layout, proofreading, research and contracting with vendors
- Market AMLE books and other products – develop 4-5 printed catalogs per year, Web messages, and semi-monthly e-mail messages
- Write Web content and advise on social media content
- Serve as staff liaison and ex-officio member of three advisory boards
Accepting fully the association's mission, April works vigorously and loyally. She gives her best efforts to meet the needs of our members and of middle level education generally.
Middle level education is forever indebted to April Tibbles for her dedication, creativity, commitment and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Bev Cook began her service to AMLE in 1982 when headquarters was a house in Columbus, OH. Her work area was the reception and general office in the living room and the dining room served as the mail room. She maintained the membership records on file cards alphabetically by state. She prepared journals for mailing, filled book orders, maintained membership files, and also did accounts payable and receivable, conference registration, newsletter production, phone coverage, picking up the mail at the post office box, general maintenance and cleaning, and any other task that might arise.
She expanded her skills and productivity when a computer system arrived in 1985 so membership records could be stored and labels and lists could be produced. The original card file was maintained and had to be used several times to restore files after the computer crashed. Many computerized functions considered marvels of technology would come later and Bev's skills continued to multiply.
As membership grew so did the staff and Bev was involved with helping with the selection, renovation and expansion of the Evanswood Drive offices as well as moves to Corporate Exchange Drive and Executive Parkway. Although individuals began to become devoted primarily to certain jobs everyone worked on the annual conference and pitched in where ever there was a need. The teaming concept prevailed in headquarters with staff members organized in teams according to major focus of service. Staff members communicated constantly, supported one another, and produced high quality products and services, all done in an atmosphere that is both caring and business-like.
Bev became more specialized serving with the Professional Development Team in several capacities eventually becoming Assistant Director of Professional Development. She worked with selecting conference locations, hotels, exhibitors; meeting with local committees; handling conference registrations both at the office and on-site at the annual conference; and organizing the process for presentation selection. Other professional development activities such as weekend workshops, regional workshops and special topic workshops were also offered both in the US and abroad.
Just like the students we serve, Bev experienced the tremendous growth spurt of AMLE which was accompanied by social emotional and physical changes. From a house with two employees to a huge office with more than thirty; from a mom and pop operation to a multi-million dollar business.
AMLE has benefited from the dedication, creativity and commitment of Bev Cook. Accepting fully the association's mission, she has worked vigorously and loyally, and has given her best efforts to meet the needs of our members and of middle level education generally.
Middle level education is forever indebted to Bev Cook for her extraordinary work ethic and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
J. Howard Johnston
Dr. J. Howard Johnston is widely recognized and respected for his commitment to young adolescents as well as his leadership in middle level education. He is a sound researcher and author of more than 100 journal articles, research reports, book chapters, books, and other professional publications. He has delivered keynote addresses and provided professional development at middle level conferences in all 50 states as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and other regions of the world. His interests include school achievement and productive behavior of learners, the diversity of the American population, the need to structure schools for success, and the use of technology in challenging environments. Johnston is a brilliant teacher, a much sought-after mentor, and an eloquent speaker. He has been recognized for his manifold and valued services to the cause of young adolescents and their education, whether expressed in writings, oral presentations, consultations, research studies, scholarly treatises, or classroom teaching, all emanating from a personhood of decency and quality.
Selected Accomplishments and Contributions to Middle Level Education
- Founder of the column What Research says to the Middle Level Practitioner in the Middle Level Journal (1979)
- Member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Council on Middle Level Education (1981–1996)
- Lead author for NASSP's An Agenda for Excellence at the Middle Level (1984)
- Received the NMSA Presidential Award (1985)
- Member of the NMSA Board of Trustees (1987–1989)
- Received the NASSP William Gruhn-Forrest Long Award for distinguished service and leadership in middle level education (1996)
- Charter member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (1997–2000)
- Team Leader for the High School Principals' Partnership sponsored by Union Pacific (2001–2011)
- Received the John H. Lounsbury Distinguished Service Award from NMSA (2003)
Middle level education is forever indebted to J. Howard Johnston for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Louis G. Romano
Dr. Louis G. Romano is the founder of the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators (MAMSE). He served as the executive director from 1972 until 1995. He also was part of the Midwest Middle School Association, which later became National Middle School Association, and served as the president of National Middle School Association (now known as the Association for Middle Level Education) in 1978–79.
Dr. Romano was a professor at Michigan State University and taught one of the nation's first graduate programs in middle level education. He gave of his time and energy to enlighten educators and the general public about the most developmentally appropriate methods for teaching young adolescents.
Dr. Romano has impacted the lives of thousands of middle level youth, the profession, and the community. He was part of the golden age of middle schools. His dedication to advocating for middle level youth and those who serve them is appreciated and admired.
Dr. Romano funded the scholarship that bears his name in 1992. He retired as MAMSE's executive director in 1995. To date, 37 students in Michigan middle schools have benefited from Dr. Romano's generosity.
Louis Romano, professor emeritus at Michigan State University, passed away September 30, 2013, at the age of 92.
Writings by Dr. Romano:
- The Middle School Distinction Louis G. Romano, Nicholas Peter Georgiady Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1997 –
- The Middle School: Selected Readings on an Emerging School Program Louis G. Romano, Nicholas Peter Georgiady, James Eudean Heald Nelson-Hall Company, 1973
- Building an Effective Middle School Louis G. Romano, Nicholas Peter Georgiady WCB Brown & Benchmark Publishers, 1994
- Filmstrip and cassette presentations, "Changing a Junior High to A Middle School," with Georgiady, and "The Middle School: A Humanizing Effort," with Addie Kinsinger.
- Focus Papers on a variety of topics published by Michigan Association of Middle School Educators
- 125 children's books
- Link to other writings https://eric.ed.gov/?q=Louis+G.+Romano
Middle level education is forever indebted to Louis G. Romano for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and served on the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team.
Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education.
Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness: A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team: How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen.
Jack is the Owner and Director of NUTS and BOLTS – Ready to Lead, Teach, and Learn Conference located in Destin, Florida and Denver, Colorado.
Jack lives in Denver, Colorado and has no pets or plants.
Suzette Johnson to Jack C Berckemeyer January 9, 2019 "It was great to talk to you today. You've truly transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of middle schoolers across the world. I'm forever grateful for how you've changed and shaped my practice!"
Lisa Cushman Assistant Principal - Brunswick Junior High School "Jack is one of the few educational 'gurus' that can truly deliver on the promises. He is what any school who is striving to meet the needs of every student through the development of highly functional teams needs."
Because of his motivating, practical ideas Jack has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of middle schoolers across the world. His dedication to advocating for middle level youth and those who serve them is appreciated and admired.
Middle level education is forever indebted to Jack Berckemeyer for his leadership and lifelong efforts on behalf of young adolescents and those who teach them and serve them in other ways.
Bruce Bailey has been the legal counsel for the Association for Middle Level Education since its earliest days and has consistently been of invaluable help and service to the growth and development of the association and to the advocacy of young adolescents. His many contributions over the years have contributed to the growth and success of the association, going well beyond the typical work and time commitment of legal advisors.
Since its beginning, AMLE (formerly National Middle School Association) has gone through two major governance restructuring phases and several more minor adjustments. In each case, Bruce worked diligently with the committees tasked to develop the new plan and the Board as it considered its implications and made recommendations to the membership for their consideration and vote. Each restructure reflected the growth and needs of the association at that particular time. Bruce’s ensured the association met the legal requirements of a non-profit organization as well as its original purpose and goals. His historical knowledge of the association brought important insights to those discussions and plans.
As the association grew so did its staff and the need for increased office space. Bruce’s experience and knowledge of the greater Columbus area was of great help as the headquarters relocated to several different locations. Bruce was an integral part of the negotiations and lease contract development in each instance.
The AMLE Foundation exists today in large measure because of Bruce’s leadership. He was the person who introduced the idea of a foundation to the Board of Trustees and he has volunteered many hours working with a task force to ensure its successful development and implementation.
Over the years Bruce has held the publications and professional development initiatives of the association in high regard. While he had obvious involvement in various publication and professional site location contracts from a legal standpoint, he supported both areas by personally providing scholarships for the attendance of Westerville schools staff and administration to attend AMLE conferences as well as providing them with publications he felt would be of help. Bruce regularly attends the annual conference and has hosted gatherings for AMLE/NMSA past presidents.
AMLE/NMSA has benefited from the dedication, commitment, and involvement of Bruce Bailey. Bruce fully understands the association’s mission and has worked tirelessly over the years to help the association meet the needs of members and the young adolescents they work with on a daily basis.
The AMLE Foundation Fund Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Trustees.
|Fran Salyers, Chair
Camille McElroy, Vice Chair
Charlene Pike, Secretary
Bruce Bailey, ex-officio
Ross Burkhardt, ex-officio
John Lounsbury, ex-officio
Will Waidelich, ex-officio