AMLE is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Thomas "Tom" O. Erb. Tom passed on November 27 after a brief illness. Tom devoted his career to middle level education, focusing particularly on teacher preparation, curriculum, and interdisciplinary teaming. He was a scholar, professor, author, researcher, and a passionate advocate for the middle school philosophy. After serving as a middle school teacher in the US and abroad early in his career, Tom became a faculty member at the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, where he taught middle level courses, directed middle grades teacher preparation programs, and served as chair of the department of curriculum and instruction. Tom retired from the university in 2005 and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Leadership. After retirement from KU, Tom received two distinguished visiting professorships from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, also where he earned his undergraduate degree.
Tom was instrumental in the formation of the Kansas Association for Middle Level Education (KAMLE), having also founded their journal. In 1993, he received a Kamelot Award for Outstanding Contributions to Middle Level Education and was honored with the association's establishment of the Thomas O. Erb Award for Excellence in Teaming. Tom worked with teachers in more than 90 school districts in 23 different states, and for six years he ran an institute at KU where he would invite school districts to send teams of teachers and administrators to the university in the summer for a week of learning and planning.
Tom was dedicated to and deeply engaged in the work of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). As editor of AMLE's flagship publication, Middle School Journal, from 1994 to 2009, he was the longest to have served in this important role. In 2009, Tom was awarded the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award given by the Association for Middle Level Education. Throughout his career he authored and co-authored more than 90 publications including several AMLE books. He served as an AMLE Board of Trustees member in the mid-1980s and was a member and chair of many committees, including, most recently, member of the AMLE Foundation Fund.
Tom was a world traveler and adventurer. He and his wife Karen not only raised four children, but traveled, studied, and taught around the world in places such as Germany, England, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Zaire, Malawi, and Kenya.
Tom's spirit lives on with the many friends he made at AMLE over the years. He will be greatly missed.
The family has suggested that donations be made to the AMLE Foundation Fund in honor of Tom.
AMLE is proud to announce a new publishing partnership! Beginning with the 2016 volume, Taylor & Francis will publish and distribute your two highly regarded professional journals from AMLE, Middle School Journal and Research in Middle Level Education Online. What does this mean for you? With your member login, you can
- View and download every back issue of Middle School Journal from 1970 to the current issue.
- Soon view and download all issues of AMLE’s research publication from 1977 to present.
This partnership also gives you access to two additional publications: The Clearing House and Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, and Practice. Access these journals today using your member login.
Press Release: Routledge Now Publishing AMLE Journals
In June 2015, the Association for Middle Level Education membership reached a record high of more than 40,000 middle grades educators, a 42% increase in the past two years.
"Reaching this milestone is a clear indicator of the value educators place on the opportunity to bond and share as a community of professionals who expect only the best for our students," said Will Waidelich, AMLE executive director.
"AMLE members are advocates for developing learning experiences based on awareness of and respect for the unique needs of this age group," said Kathleen McCaffrey, AMLE president. "Every new member that joins this organization makes our collective voice stronger."
Recently expanded member benefits and services have increased the association’s reach to more educators dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students in grades 5-8. "With a new and mobile-friendly website, the launch of AMLE Magazine in print and tablet editions, a redesign and increased frequency of AMLE Newsletter, and the development of a webinar series (complementary to all members), we are offering more of what our members need, and the experience is customizable," said Derek Neal, AMLE director of membership and IT.
A dual membership, offered in partnership with many of our state organizations, brings even more value and resources by providing members with full benefits to both the state organization and AMLE for a reduced rate.
Founded in 1973, the Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools.
The results are in for the 2015 AMLE Election. First, the constitutional amendment passed to change the term of office for newly elected trustees to commence on July 1 in the year of their election.
And, we extend our congratulations to the following candidates who were elected to the AMLE Board starting July 1, 2015:
North Region Trustee
South Region Trustee
Trustee to Represent Diverse Cultures
Reginald O. Davenport
East Region Trustee
West Region Trustee
Lauren K. Jones
Alliance for Excellent Education
Association for Middle Level Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3)
INVITE YOU TO A SPECIAL BRIEFING
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
121 Cannon House Office Building
Moderator, B.J. Paris, Board President
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Craig Wacker, Lead, Student Agency Strategy
Erik A. Burmeister, Principal, Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park, CA
2014 MetLife/NASSP Middle Level Principal of the Year Finalist
Dr. Vicky Dudek, Principal, Landmark Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified School District 2014 Taking Center Stage Schools To Watch Designee
Mark Shanoff, Ed.D, Principal, Ocoee Middle School, Ocoee, Florida
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Distinguished Principal, 2014 - Florida
An Apple Distinguished School
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The results are in for the 2014 AMLE Board of Trustees election. We extend our congratulations to the following candidates who will serve on the AMLE Board during the term of Fall 2014 - Fall 2017:
Stafford Springs, CT
Teacher Trustee to Represent South/East Regions
Teacher Trustee to Represent North/West Regions
Lake Oswego, OR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, OH — The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) was awarded the Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) Bronze EXCEL Award for Magazine Redesign. AMLE was recognized at the 34th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala, May 19 at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons, VA.
Receipt of the EXCEL Award demonstrates AMLE's commitment to excellence in bringing timely, helpful content to educators for use in middle grades classrooms and schools to improve the educational experiences of 10- to 15-year-olds.
During its recent rebrand initiative, AMLE's brand was consolidated across all products and services, prompting the renaming of the magazine from Middle Ground to AMLE Magazine. The rebrand shifted focus to producing more content for teachers, increasing the frequency of the magazine, and developing an app for delivering the magazine and bonus multimedia elements to tablet devices.
Editor Pat George commented, "We are so honored and proud that AMLE Magazine has been recognized with this prestigious award. The redesign, which is part of a larger rebranding of the Association for Middle Level Education, was truly a team effort, and reflects the passion the association staff has for continuing to provide our members with top-quality design and content."
About the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) helps middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. A non-profit membership organization, AMLE members include teachers, principals, counselors, professors, researchers, and others interested in the education of 10- to 15-year-olds. www.amle.org
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Enter for a chance to win a free conference registration (valued up to $549) to the AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education (AMLE2014) in Nashville, Tennessee, November 6-8, 2014. The contest runs May 13 through May 23, 2014.
How to enter:
- Follow @AMLE on Twitter
- Tweet about why you or your team are amped for AMLE2014. All entries must be submitted via Twitter and include @AMLE and #AMLE2014. Official rules are posted below.
One winner will be selected on May 28, 2014 by a panel of judges who will consider originality, creativity, and relevance. Winners will be announced on Twitter and in AMLE Newsletter.
1. No Purchase Necessary; Entry Instructions.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY MONEY IS NECESSARY TO ENTER. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.
WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE SKILL OF THE ENTRANT. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR WHERE REGISTRATION OR BONDING REQUIRED. SUBJECT TO ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS.
To participate in “Amp up for AMLE2014” (the “Promotion”) beginning on May 13, 2014 at 12:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") and ending on May 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET (the “Promotion Period”), you must (i) via Twitter, “follow” Sponsor’s Twitter account, @AMLE and (ii) during the Promotion Period, creatively and compellingly convey through a tweet why you are amped up about the AMLE conference via Twitter, and include “#AMLE2014 @AMLE” in the tweet (also known as the Entry). By tweeting an Entry, you are accepting these Official Rules. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Promotion. Time and eligibility of Entry will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. On or about May 28, 2014, Sponsor will select the winner. Sponsor will announce the winner via Twitter.
All Entries must meet the following criteria:
- Entries must be original and not violate any third-party rights, and the entrant must have all rights necessary to submit the Entry.
- Entries may not contain material that is obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or violate any law. Entries must be appropriate for viewing by the general public; appropriateness will be determined by Sponsor.
In the event of a dispute as to any entrant, the authorized account holder of the account will be deemed to be the registrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned the account by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning addresses for the user name associated with the submitted address. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. Sponsor shall have the ultimate right to determine the identity of a potential winner in its sole discretion.
In order to be eligible, participants must be at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and legally able to participate. By entering the Promotion, you are also representing that your employer policies permit you to participate the Promotion and accept a prize. Employees of Sponsor and its parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are eligible to participate but are not eligible to win.
There will be one (1) grand prize awarded. The grand prize winner will receive one registration to the AMLE conference in Nashville, November 6-8, 2014 (Average Retail Value "ARV" of up to $549 US). Maximum cost of grand prize to be provided by Sponsor will be $549 US. No substitution, assignment or transfer of the prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, who has the right to substitute a prize with another of comparable or greater value.
If grand prize winner cannot attend the 2014 conference in Nashville, the prize will be forfeited. TAXES, IF ANY, RELATED TO THE PRIZE ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
The winner of the Promotion will be determined based on the following:
The object of the Promotion is to most creatively and compellingly convey and why the participant is amped, or excited about the AMLE conference. Judging will be based on demonstrated creativity, humor and ability to convey excitement about the AMLE2014 conference. Judging will be done by Sponsor or its designees.
In the event a potential winner is disqualified, the prize will be given to the next entrant eligible to win a prize based on the judging criteria. The winner will be attempted to be notified and will have 10 days from notification to accept the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or winner’s failure to adequately monitor any account. Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes participant’s consent to Sponsor’s use of participant’s Entry, name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration. Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, liability release and a publicity release that, among other things, will further allow Sponsor to use a winner’s name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and residence for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation where permitted by law.
Because this is a contest of skill, winning the Promotion is dependent on the quality of submissions received.
5. Conditions of Participation.
By submitting an Entry for this Promotion, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and any decision Sponsor makes regarding this Promotion, which Sponsor or its designees shall make in their sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and prosecute to the fullest extent permitted by law any participant or winner who, in Sponsor’s reasonable suspicion, tampers with Sponsor site, the entry process, intentionally submits more than the allowed entries, violates these Official Rules, or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.
6. Intellectual Property.
Ownership of the pre-existing underlying intellectual property of the entrant remains the property of the entrant subject to Sponsor’s rights to reprint, display, reproduce, perform, use, and exhibit the Entry for the purpose of administering and promoting the Promotion and for Sponsor’s marketing and advertising purposes. By participating in the Promotion, each entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, fully paid, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable license to reprint, display, reproduce, perform, use, and exhibit (including the right to make derivative works of) the Entry and materials and information submitted on and in connection with the Promotion or use or receipt of the prize for any and all purposes in any medium. Each participating entrant hereby warrants that any Entry and other materials and information provided by entrant are original with entrant and do not violate or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, and do not violate any rules or regulations. If the Entry or information or materials provided by entrant contain any material or elements that are not owned by entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, entrant represents he or she has obtained, prior to submission of the Entry and information or materials, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit use and exploitation of the Entry and information and materials by Sponsor in the manner set forth in the Official Rules without additional compensation.
Each entrant warrants that the Entry and materials and information provided do not contain information considered by entrant, its employees or personnel, or any other third party to be confidential, and that the Entry, materials and information provided do not violate any laws or regulations. Entrant represents and warrants that he or she has permission from his employer and any necessary third party to enter the Promotion, take and submit the photo and Entry, and receive the prize. Entrant agrees that Sponsor has the right to verify the ownership and originality of all Entries and that, upon Sponsor’s request, entrant must submit a written copy of any release or permission entrant has received from a third party granting entrant the right to use such property. Entrant understands and acknowledges that in the event a submission is selected as a winning Entry, and entrant’s ownership, rights and the originality of the Entry cannot be verified to the satisfaction of Sponsor or is in any other way ineligible, Sponsor may select an alternate winner based on the same judging criteria.
7. Disclaimer, Release and Limit of Liability.
SPONSOR MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION. BY ENTERING THE PROMOTION OR RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZE, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, TWITTER AND THEIR SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENT COMPANIES AND EACH SUCH COMPANY’S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY, ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION OR RECEIPT OR USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) ANY INCORRECT OR INACCURATE INFORMATION, WHETHER CAUSED BY ENTRANTS, PRINTING ERRORS OR BY ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATED WITH OR UTILIZED IN THE PROMOTION; (2) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO MALFUNCTIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, OR DISCONNECTIONS IN PHONE LINES OR NETWORK HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; (3) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE ENTRY PROCESS OR THE PROMOTION; (4) TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROMOTION OR THE PROCESSING OF ENTRIES; OR (5) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM ENTRANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION OR RECEIPT OR USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE. If for any reason an entrant's Entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Promotion, provided that if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Promotion, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, at its discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.
8. Governing Law.
This Promotion and the rights and obligations of Sponsor and participants will be governed by and controlled by the laws of the State of Ohio, applicable to contracts made and performed therein without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of Ohio, Franklin County. Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
9. Entrant's Personal Information.
Sponsor of this Promotion is the Association for Middle Level Education, 4151 Executive Parkway, Ste 300, Westerville, OH 43081.
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The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is pleased to announce the selection of Lienne F. Medford, Ed.D., as Off-Site Consultant for Teacher Preparation and Licensure/Certification. Currently associate professor of middle level education at Clemson University (SC), Medford will be transitioning into this role following the retirement of Dr. Ken McEwin.
A member of AMLE for more than 15 years, Dr. Medford was an NCATE Board of Examiner Member for 9 years and has continued as a Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Visitor. Medford created the middle level-only program at Clemson University when grades 5–8 certification was introduced in South Carolina, and continues to coordinate and teach in the program. Additionally, she serves on various accreditation advisory boards at Clemson and has been tapped by other institutions for accreditation assistance. Medford has presented at a multitude of state and national conferences, workshops, and symposia, and has published numerous articles. She received one of the first National Science Foundation Noyce Grants awarded to a middle level program. Medford serves as a board member for the South Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education (SCPOMLE) and as a state program reviewer for new proposed middle level programs.
In her role as Off-Site Consultant for Teacher Preparation and Licensure/Certification, Medford will serve as the official liaison between AMLE and CAEP, and she will coordinate all aspects of the national review of middle level teacher preparation programs. Additionally, she will serve as an ex-officio member of the AMLE Professional Preparation Advisory Committee and as the AMLE coordinator with the Teacher Performance Appraisal Consortium (TPAC) at Stanford University.
The Research Advisory Committee of the Association for Middle Level Education is seeking submissions for the peer-reviewed online Research Summaries in Support of This We Believe. AMLE research summaries are abbreviated reviews of the literature in support of tenets of This We Believe (2010) and are not to be viewed as exhaustive reviews of the research literature. Research summaries are designed to inform middle level education policy and practice and to provide basic information about the education of young adolescents for parents and community members.
- Be approximately 2500 words;
- Be double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font;
- Follow the 6th edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association;
- Address a tenet of This We Believe:
- Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them.
- Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning.
- Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant.
- Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches.
- Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it.
- A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision.
- Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational research, and best practices.
- Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration.
- Ongoing professional development reflects best educational practices.
- Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships.
- The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all.
- Every student's academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate.
- Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of young adolescents.
- Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies.
- The school actively involves families in the education of their children.
- The school includes community and business partners.
- Identify a concept in support of a tenet of This We Believe and provide an operational definition.
- Provide a summary of current research addressing the concept including references.
- Include 3-5 annotated references of approximately 150 words each.
- If appropriate, include a list of recommended resources that are practitioner oriented.
To submit a research summary:
- Submit your electronic manuscript via e-mail in a Microsoft Word file to firstname.lastname@example.org; and
- Attach a cover letter that includes your name(s), affiliation(s), home and work addresses and telephone numbers, fax number(s), and e-mail address(es), This We Believe tenet addressed, and concept researched.
Your name should not appear anywhere in the text. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. Upon acceptance, copyright forms will be secured. Authorship will be acknowledged through the inclusion of full citation information. Anyone interested in authoring a summary should contact Karen Swanson, Chair, AMLE Research Advisory Committee, at email@example.com to discuss a potential concept and expertise in that area.
Manuscript review: The Research Advisory Committee of the Association for Middle Level Education uses a blind peer review process for manuscript review.