Middle Level Education Month

The Association for Middle Level Education has joined with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, Adolescent Success, ACT, Spark, and Let's Move! Active Schools to declare March the official month to focus on students ages 10 to 15 and celebrate middle level education.

The key messages for the celebration are

  • The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents and being actively involved in their lives;
  • The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents;
  • The realization that the education young adolescents experience during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens; and
  • The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and post-secondary education should be a possibility for all.

Contact Information

For general questions about Middle Level Education Month: 1-800-528-6672 or membercenter@amle.org

If you are interested in joining Middle Level Education Month as a partner organization:

Dru Tomlin, Director of Middle Level Services, dtomlin@amle.org or 1-800-528-6672

Share your articles, photos, and celebration ideas with us:
Contact April Tibbles at atibbles@amle.org

Planning Your Celebration

The sky's the limit! The way you plan your celebration is only limited by your imagination. Take a look at the ideas and free samples throughout this section. After your next celebration, send us a paragraph, photos, or an article about your school and community activities and we'll post it on our website. Middle Level Education Month is a celebration that should be experienced by all schools and communities around the world!

Here are some ideas:

  • Get the word out. Develop a few message points about your school that you want to share. Put them on business cards for the staff, on your fax cover sheet, in parent newsletters, and on your website, Facebook page, etc.
  • Develop a brochure. Call it "50 Magnificent Things about Our Middle School" and distribute it at registration, open house, conferences, and other events. Give copies to your district office and local realtors to pass on to those considering moving into your area.
  • Connect with local realtors. Host a breakfast or lunch, and then give them a tour of your school and share programs that make you proud.
  • Engage your superintendent. Keep your superintendent and board informed of effective middle grades practices. Pass along articles or websites you think would interest them. Invite them to attend a middle grades conference with you. Offer to share results of a successful program at a school board meeting—and bring students to help with the report! Send board members copies of your school newsletter.
  • Let students help. Invite a student to join you at a civic club meeting. Help civic organizations feature students at their meetings. Encourage student performance groups to reach out to community organizations for meeting programs.
  • Build a relationship with your local media. Find out who is in charge of education news and ask them how you can help keep them informed of happenings at your school.
  • Stay in touch. Contact your state and federal representatives. Invite them to visit your school to speak with classes during the off session or to shadow you, a teacher, or a student. Offer to be a resource on educational issues and keep them informed of pending legislation that will impact middle level education.
  • Give your message a personal touch. Facts and figures can be impressive, but a story about how those facts impact the students in your school will make a more lasting impression. Write articles in blogs or online publications, write an op-ed article for a newspaper, and write letters or emails to state and federal representatives.
  • Don't be modest! If we want the general public to understand what quality middle level education is all about, then we need to draw attention to the many magnificent things that are happening in countless middle grades schools across the country.

Resources

We strongly encourage you to use the resources below throughout the year. After all, our aim is to continually develop and maintain supportive public attitudes toward middle level education during every month of the year. Those concerned with the education of young adolescents should celebrate and advocate for middle level education all year long.

Articles for Parents and Groups in Your Community

Help Spread the Word

See the following sample messages and visuals you can use online and in social media.

Model Facebook or Newsletter Posts

March is Middle Level Education Month! This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on this very important time in the education of our 10- to 15-year-olds. Check out ideas for how schools, families, and communities can celebrate www.amle.org/mlem

March is Middle Level Education Month! This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on this very important time in the education of our 10- to 15-year-olds. This is a time of rapid human development, second only to the growth from birth to age two, making it critical that we provide a supportive environment both at home and school. Check out ideas for how schools, families, and communities can celebrate www.amle.org/mlem

Celebrate Middle Level Education Month! The middle school years, ages 10 to 15, are a time of some of the most rapid changes in physical, intellectual, and moral growth for humans, second only to the growth that occurs from birth to age two. The skills, habits, and values established during this time of life will directly impact a student's chances to be a lifelong learner ready for college, career, citizenship, and a bright future. For our students to be academically and personally successful, a supportive environment both at home and at school is required. Visit www.amle.org/mlem for ideas for families, schools, and communities to celebrate.

Model Tweets

Hashtag: #MLEM16
The link, www.amle.org/mlem, is for Middle Level Education Month on the AMLE website, and can be substituted with a link to the content on your site for Middle Level Education Month.

Developing lifelong physical fitness habits is critical to student success. #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Parents must be knowledgeable about their middle grades child and actively involved in their lives #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Mid sch Ss need learning that builds on their interests & connects content with the present and future #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Ten-to 15-year-olds experience some of the most rapid changes of their lives #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

The educ students experience in the mid grades will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Help students grow up healthy and ready to learn with #ActiveSchools www.amle.org/mlem #MLEM16

Mid schoolers need caring adults, it's never too late to establish such a critical relationship #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Mid grades students' social circles expand online, parents play crucial role monitoring choices they make #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Children experience challenges during puberty, acknowledge this & provide them with timely, accurate info #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Building strong school/community partnerships benefits everyone. #MLEM16 www.amle.org/mlem

Sample E-mail

Subject: Celebrate Middle Level Education Month

Dear ___,

March is Middle Level Education Month! This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on the middle grades, a very important time in the education of our children. Other than from birth to age three, 10- to 15-year-olds are experiencing the most rapid, significant changes of their lives—changes that are physical, social, emotional, and cognitive in nature.

During this month we ask you to consider the following:

  • The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents and being actively involved in their lives;
  • The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents;
  • The realization that the education young adolescents experience during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens; and
  • The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and post-secondary education should be a possibility for all.

Explore Middle Level Education Month to find additional free resources to help celebrate quality middle grades schools in your community.

This celebration is brought to you by the Association for Middle Level Education in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, Adolescent Success, and Let's Move Active Schools.

Sincerely,

[Name]

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