Advocating for the Middle Grades
With a growing body of science emphasizing the profound and consequential nature of early adolescence, now is the time to act on the promise of the middle school years.
All 10-15 year olds deserve schools that help them become competent and confident individuals who feel a sense of agency, are proud of who they are, are optimistic about their future, feel connected to those around them, and are prepared to succeed in our ever-changing world. Yet as a nation we invest fewer dollars in the middle years than on any other age group.
That’s why AMLE has released a National Policy Agenda for the Middle Grades and its initial Seven Federal Policy Priorities.
As the oldest and largest organization of its kind, AMLE and its community of members 35,000 strong is uniquely positioned to lead this work. To accomplish these ambitious goals, AMLE seeks the support of educators, district and state education leaders, along with policy makers who recognize the opportunity of the middle grades. Together, we can flip the narrative of the middle grades to recognize our students’ full potential.
Regardless of your position, years of experience, school setting, or level of comfort advocating, you have an important role to play in this work. Explore the resources and opportunities below and get started today!
What Can You Do?
Share your middle level education story! Have a compelling story that demonstrates why the middle grades are so important? Or one that showcases the impact our policies priorities would have on students? We want to hear from you! AMLE is seeking to publish articles and case studies to support our advocacy work. Interested members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be an Ambassador
Engage your colleagues in middle grades best practice through the Successful Middle School Program and help us expand the body of research by participating in the Successful Middle School Assessment and Research Project.
Together we’ll change the narrative of the middle grades to one of profound opportunity that simply can’t be ignored.
*AMLE membership is required to serve on an AMLE constituent committee. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024. The Chair of the AMLE Board of Trustees will determine committee placements by mid-February.
Those wishing to cite the Agenda can do so as follows: AMLE. 2023. National Policy Agenda for the Middle Grades https://www.amle.org/advocating-for-the-middle-grades/