Annual Report

PDF 2015-2016 Annual Report

A Message from the Executive Director

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is committed to increasing our reach to middle grades educators across the United States and around the world. We not only wish to make educators aware of the benefits of being part of the AMLE community, but we wish to engage them in advancing their professional knowledge, building their professional learning networks, and increasing the collective knowledge of the middle level education profession.

In recent years, our efforts have focused on reaching educators who are new to the profession as well as veteran educators. Membership outreach efforts resulted in AMLE ending the fiscal year with a new record of 47,813 Members, an 18% increase in a 12-month period. This follows a record set the prior year that saw the association top 40,000 members, a 17% increase.

AMLE brought Professional Learning to Columbus, Ohio, which was the site of the 42nd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. Attendee surveys indicate that satisfaction for this event increased significantly over the prior year, a testament to our efforts to survey AMLE event attendees and use the feedback to improve our events. Attendance at the Institutes for Middle Level Leadership in San Diego, California and Hilton Head, South Carolina increased by 7.6% over the prior year with continued high attendee satisfaction ratings for this event as well.

The association brought workshops to Iowa City, Iowa in collaboration with ACT, Inc.; to St. Louis, Missouri in collaboration with the Missouri Middle School Association; to Atlanta, Georgia, in collaboration with Battelle for Kids; and to Hawaii in partnership with the Hawaii Association of Middle Schools. Customized, on-site professional development reached 33 schools and districts across the U.S. with attendance exceeding 3,000 educators, who in turn reach tens of thousands of students. Twenty-three schools and districts were recipients of comprehensive School Improvement Assessment reports, and the AMLE Webinars series grew to more than 60 archived webinars, all of which are available to AMLE members for free anytime. Ten Twitter events were facilitated through #mschat, and most had content that directly connected to AMLE Magazine articles.

In addition to publishing ten issues of our Research journal, RMLE Online, and five issues of Middle School Journal, AMLE released two new research summaries, developed by our Research Advisory Committee: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics Conceptually and Social Media for Middle Level Classrooms.

The organization also was privileged to Recognize three outstanding collegiate chapters with the CMLA Chapter Grant, which is awarded by the AMLE Foundation Fund: Ashland University (OH), Lee University (TN), and the University of Texas-Arlington (TX).

We had a year of fostering important Partnerships to extend the association's reach. Middle Level Education Month, sponsored by AMLE, was supported by partners Adolescent Success, NAESP, NASSP, Let's Move! Active Schools, Spark, and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Other partnerships included the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and the National Teacher of the Year. Additionally, the association added five official agreements with affiliate organizations, with the year-end total reaching 48.

It was a banner year of collaboration, celebration, and success for AMLE and those we reach through advocacy, research, and recognition. Our relationships with members and peer organizations is the key to this success and fuels us as we continue the critical work of helping educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools!

William D. Waidelich, EdD, CAE
Executive Director