2011-2012 Annual Report
A Message from the President
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) has experienced a year of revitalization. Under the leadership of a new executive director, Will Waidelich, the association has focused on increasing its visibility and stability. Embracing the name change and moving forward through the development of a new strategic plan, AMLE is now positioned to address the changing needs of its membership.
AMLE increased its visibility through collaborations with USA Today, Lifetime Television, Education Week, and Education Talk Radio, as well as through online social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. In addition, AMLE provided middle level representation in multiple national level leadership roles.
Summer leadership institutes in San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida were well attended with positive feedback from attendees. The annual conference held in Louisville, Kentucky, was successful in promoting quality level middle practices. Research and publications continue to focus on the ever-changing educational arena in which those who work with young adolescents are in need of support for best practices.
Understanding the importance of advocacy and recognizing the needs of our affiliates and stakeholders, AMLE moved forward in developing and expanding activities to assist in the promotion of quality middle level practice. By increasing the availability of online resources, we are now able to reach out to a digitally diverse population.
The year 2011-2012 was one of financial stability for AMLE, which allowed the strategic plan to be implemented and the association to move forward with success. While it is a challenging and turbulent time for education in our nation, AMLE is prepared to address those challenges and provide support, inspiration, and a continued voice for those who educate young adolescents.
2011-2012 AMLE President