2016-2017 Annual Report
A Message from the Executive Director
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is committed to helping middle school educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. We connect educators with research-based best practices, support the development of professional learning networks, and partner with like-minded organizations to advocate for doing what's best for middle school students. We believe that quality professional learning is an important step in building the collective knowledge of the middle level education profession.
AMLE's membership is comprised of teachers, principals, superintendents, counselors, researchers, professors, and others with a passion for increasing knowledge, building connections, and keeping current on best practices in middle level education. Membership outreach in 2016-2017 resulted in a new record of 52,789 Members, a 10% increase in a 12-month period.
AMLE brought Professional Learning to Austin, Texas, the site of AMLE2016, the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. The summer Institutes for Middle Level Leadership in Hilton Head, South Carolina and San Diego, California were filled to capacity and drew repeat attendees from multiple prior years as well as many new faces. In collaboration with the Missouri Middle School Association and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, AMLE hosted the Success in the Middle Grades workshop. In March, we partnered with ACT, Inc. to bring the Energize Your Middle Level Leadership workshop to Iowa City, Iowa. Customized, on-site professional development reached 38 schools across the United States and overseas, and School Improvement Assessments were facilitated in California, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Our webinar series grew to more than 80 archived webinars, all of which are available to AMLE Professional and School members for free anytime. Thanks to our partnership with #mschat, 13 Twitter events took place focusing on current hot topics, including articles featured in AMLE Magazine.
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 the Research Advisory Committee: Transitioning Young Adolescents from Elementary to Middle School and Teaching Historical Literacy in the Middle Grades.
The organization was privileged to Recognize Randy Jensen, principal of William Thomas Middle School, American Falls, Idaho as the recipient of the AMLE Distinguished Educator Award. Also recognized was the collegiate chapter at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, as recipient of the CMLA Chapter Grant and Coastal Middle School in Savannah, Georgia as recipient of the Collaboration Mini-Grant. The awards noted above are proudly supported by the AMLE Foundation Fund.
It was a year of continued outreach to middle school educators and partner organizations as AMLE engaged in the important work of bringing resources, research, and recognition to excellence in middle level education.
William D. Waidelich, EdD, CAE