Strengthening Non-Cognitive Skills in the Middle Grades to Improve Academic Achievement and Success

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
with

Honorary Co-host
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

Presenters Include

Moderator, B.J. Paris, Board President
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Craig Wacker, Lead, Student Agency Strategy
Raikes Foundation

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

RSVP to: Brian Shiuebshiue@wpllc.net
 
 

Newly Elected to the AMLE Board of Trustees

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:

President-Elect
Kathleen McCaffrey
Kathleen McCaffrey
Alpharetta, GA
East Region
Erin Scholes
Erin Scholes
Stafford Springs, CT
North Region
Pam Millikan
Pam Millikan
Franklin, IN
South Region
Holly Thornton
Holly Thornton
Vilas, NC
West Region
Laurie Barron
Laurie Barron
Kalispell, MT
Teacher Trustee to Represent South/East Regions
Emily Raper
Emily Raper
Cleveland, TN
Teacher Trustee to Represent North/West Regions
Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson
Lake Oswego, OR

AMLE Magazine Receives 2014 EXCEL Award

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."

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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

Media Contact
April Tibbles | Chief Communications Officer | 800-528-6672 | 614-212-7808 | atibbles@amle.org

"Amp up for AMLE2014" Twitter Contest

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.

Official Rules

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.

2. Eligibility.
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.

3. Prize.
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.

4. 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.
Information collected from entrants is subject to the AMLE Privacy Policy, which is available at http://www.amle.org/AboutAMLE/PrivacyPolicy.aspx

10. Sponsor.
Sponsor of this Promotion is the Association for Middle Level Education, 4151 Executive Parkway, Ste 300, Westerville, OH 43081.

11. No Affiliation with Twitter.
This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Twitter. The information you provide will only be used as described in these Official Rules and Sponsor’s privacy policy.

AMLE selects Medford as Teacher Preparation and Licensure/Certification Consultant

AMLE selects Medford as Teacher Preparation and Licensure/Certification Consultant

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.

Call for Research Summaries in Support of This We Believe

Submission Guidelines

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.

Manuscripts should:

  1. Be approximately 2500 words;
  2. Be double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point Times New Roman font;
  3. Follow the 6th edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association;
  4. 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.
  5. Identify a concept in support of a tenet of This We Believe and provide an operational definition.
  6. Provide a summary of current research addressing the concept including references.
  7. Include 3-5 annotated references of approximately 150 words each.
  8. If appropriate, include a list of recommended resources that are practitioner oriented.

To submit a research summary:

  1. Submit your electronic manuscript via e-mail in a Microsoft Word file to swanson_kw@mercer.edu; and
  2. 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 swanson_kw@mercer.edu 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.

Sights and Sounds from the Middle

Attention AMLE friends and members! Tell us your story through a sight or a sound that happens at your school! Be part of AMLE’s “Sights and Sounds from the Middle”! Perhaps it’s the view from the cafeteria or carpool, the sound of your students talking in advisory or singing in chorus, or the sight of a special event at your school. Every sight and sound in the school house has a story, so share yours! Here’s all you’ve got to do:

  1. Record the sound or take the picture.
  2. For sounds, record yourself telling the story behind the sound and why it’s important to your school and/or middle level education.
  3. For sights, write down the story behind the sight and why it’s important to your school and/or middle level education.
  4. Be sure to include your name and your school’s name in the recording (“Hi, this _____ from ______.”) or on the written submission.
  5. Send the mp3 file (for sounds) or the written document & pic/jpg (for sights) to Dru Tomlin at AMLE (dtomlin@amle.org ).

Every month, we’ll choose a different “Sights and Sounds from the Middle” story to showcase on our website. If your school is a winner, you will receive a $25 voucher for AMLE books for your school’s professional library. Questions? Contact Dru Tomlin at DTomlin@amle.org or 614-212-7806.

AMLE Remembers Dr. Alfred A. Arth

Dr. Alfred A. Arth, a middle school advocate and long-time friend of AMLE, passed away suddenly, August 22, 2013, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Arth was an early messenger and supporter of the importance of a developmentally responsive education for young adolescents. Arth was a driving force that led to the 1982 publication of NMSA's (now AMLE’s) first position paper, This We Believe. He has served on the association’s board of trustees and chaired a committee. A winner of the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service, Arth was a prolific speaker and author, having published more than a hundred books and articles. He taught in teacher preparation programs at York College, the University of Wyoming, the University of Virginia, and the University of Nebraska. In Nebraska, Arth developed one of the first doctoral level middle school programs, organized summer middle level academies (Kids on Campus), and instituted many other special activities. He was a support and inspiration to many aspiring teachers on their paths to becoming great middle grades teachers. Dr. Arth will be greatly missed by his friends at AMLE.

Obituary

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alfred A. Arth Memorial Scholarship, in care of: SCC Foundation, 301 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln, NE 68510.

The Association for Middle Level Education Launches New Brand

Rebrand process culminates in refreshed messaging, no-cost membership, AMLE Magazine, a new website, and a new logo and visuals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2013


(Columbus, OH) – The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), the leading international association for middle grades educators, announced that it has rebranded. The new brand, including refreshed messaging and visuals, was developed over a 13-month process that engaged members and stakeholders, and was driven by the strategic plan of the Board of Trustees. For more than 40 years AMLE has helped middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools.

The new AMLE has an increased focus on ease of access to resources and availability of interactive content. AMLE Magazine, a newly developed periodical, includes bonus videos, podcasts, and supplemental resources, and is available to members in print, online, and through a free iPad app in the iTunes store. A re-envisioned website offers a wealth of articles developed by and for middle grades teachers, principals, higher education professionals, and researchers, and brings opportunities for members to comment and share with colleagues. AMLE now offers a no-cost associate membership and professional and school memberships with customizable options that fit any budget.

"Rebranding has helped AMLE develop additional opportunities to engage teachers and principals in their own professional learning,” said Executive Director Dr. William Waidelich. “Our organization continues to offer research-based ideas, inspiration, and solutions, while facilitating networking and sharing amongst educators who are so passionate about reaching and teaching students during these critical years of life.”

For more information about the new AMLE, visit www.amle.org, www.amle.org/membership, www.amle.org/AMLEmagazine

About the Association for Middle Level Education
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is the premier association helping middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. With more than 25,000 members who are principals, teachers, central office personnel, professors, college students, parents, community leaders, and educational consultants around the globe, AMLE offers information, resources, and professional development to middle grades educators working to develop more effective schools that focus on the success of every student aged 10–15. AMLE, 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300, Westerville, OH 43081, 800-528-6672 www.amle.org

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Contact

April Tibbles
Chief Communications Officer
Association for Middle Level Education
800-528-6672, 614-212-7808
atibbles@amle.org
www.amle.org