2012-2013 Annual Report
A Message from the President
As president of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, I reflect on a productive year and wish to share some of the highlights with you that demonstrate to the world of education the ways our association is moving forward. AMLE felt like a new place, but it maintained the tradition and expectation of quality programming and professional services for all who serve 10- to 15-year-olds.
We implemented a new strategic plan that took a year to create and was written with input from affiliates and stakeholders. The strategic plan contains six broad goals designed to focus the resources and efforts of AMLE for the next five years.
As part of the plan, the Board of Trustees supported the rebranding of the association including refreshed messaging and a new logo. Our updated brand, launched in August 2013, confidently declares that we are looking to capture educators’ minds and hearts as we explore the changing face of education in public, private, and independent schools.
One way to share our message was through professional development. AMLE offered two summer Leadership Institutes, one in Orlando, Florida and one in San Diego, California. The 39th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education was held in Portland, Oregon and served as a focal point for educators from all over the world to meet and cooperatively learn about quality middle grades practices. Research and publications continued to provide answers and ideas that support best practices for teaching youth in the middle grades.
AMLE increased its visibility through collaborations with USA Today, Education Week, and Education Talk Radio, as well as through online social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. We met with representatives from the US Department of Education and discussed middle level legislation with our US Representatives and Senators. We partnered with other professional and service organizations including Special Olympics Project Unify, the Learning First Alliance, Schools to Watch, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Realizing the need for more middle grades practices in an education world that has an increased focus on testing, AMLE added a director of middle level services to the headquarters staff. This move has allowed us to increase our role in the promotion of middle level education practices.
I was proud to represent the members of AMLE and preside over the Board of Trustees to benefit middle grades students during the past year. It was a year of significant change for AMLE.
Jeff La Roux
2012-2013 AMLE President