Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Conference Sessions

Use the digital program guide to access full session details including date, time, and room number.

The conference is organized into four powerful strands to help you customize your experience.


Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference
Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
High Impact Classroom Strategies
Characteristics of High Performing Middle Schools

Session Types

General Sessions
The general sessions at #AMLE19 will be a blend of inspiring information and motivating insights that will get you excited about being a middle level educator.

Featured Sessions
These engaging and entertaining sessions feature acclaimed middle grades experts speaking about topics vital to middle level education. Get the latest research-based strategies and tools while igniting your passion for teaching, leading, and learning.

Concurrent Sessions
These informative, solution-driven sessions will feature presenters from around the world sharing their expertise in more than 30 topic areas specific to the middle grades. Hand-selected to ensure the best in professional learning, the #AMLE19 Concurrent Sessions are designed to transform the way you teach. Bring your favorite note-taking tools because you'll want to try all of these ideas when you get back to school!

Spark & Tell Sessions
Fast-paced and informative, these sessions will spark an idea and provide resources and connections to help you dive deeper on your own. Every 10-minute presentation will feature an innovative idea, inspiration, or initiative happening right now in classrooms and schools. Prepare to be reenergized and rejuvenated as your educational toolbox overflows.

Speed Learning Sessions
These collaborative and interactive sessions are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to learn at the AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. Each 60-minute session is divided into three 15-minute segments, allowing you to get more personal attention from the experts and more information in a short amount of time. Pick your experts, pick your topics, and get ready for engaging presentations and discussions.

Collaboration Sessions
These intimate sessions are a fairly new way to learn at the AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. They are located in the Exhibit Hall lounge so you can sit down, relax, and be rejuvenated with these 15-minute high energy, short and sweet sessions. We want to leave you thirsty for more.

Special Events

Typical or Troubled®–Train the Trainer Certification
Become a certified trainer in the American Psychiatric Association Foundation curriculum to Notice early warning signs, Talk to your students about what you notice, and Act to connect them to support services.

CMLA Summit: We Will Survive and Thrive
This event is designed for college students enrolled in middle level teacher preparation programs. Attendees will have the chance to share and network with other aspiring teachers and participate in special activities. This event will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Affiliate Leaders Strand
AMLE offers professional development opportunities to affiliate leaders including an Affiliate Leaders Strand that is offered at the AMLE Annual Conference. This is an opportunity for those affiliate leaders who attend the annual conference to network and receive updated information. This event will be held on Friday & Saturday, November 8–9, 2019.


Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference
Effective schools take responsibility for creating a culture that focuses on relationships, trust, and respect in addition to fostering the academic success of students. A successful school for young adolescents is an inviting and safe community that encourages learning. Teachers, staff, and students learn and put into practice the skills of direct feedback, healthy and appropriate confrontation, positive risk taking, and personal and collaborative goal setting. An emphasis on health, wellness, and safety permeates the entire school. Interactions among staff members and between students reflect democracy and fairness. Like young adolescents, the climate of developmentally responsive middle grades schools requires constant nurturing.

Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
Courageous, collaborative middle grades leaders are knowledgeable about the characteristics and needs of young adolescents. Leaders understand the theory and best practice of middle level education. They strive to educate colleagues, parents, policymakers, and community members. Courageous, collaborative leadership empowers people to make difficult decisions addressing the education and well-being of each young adolescent.

High Impact Classroom Strategies
Middle school educators recognize that covering content and learning are not synonymous. The curriculum of a successful middle level school must also be relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory. Curriculum also must be integrative and coherent, must help students connect school experiences to their lives outside school, and must encourage students to reflect on the totality of their experiences. Educators serve their students well when they model inclusive, collaborative, and team-oriented approaches to learning. Continuous, authentic, and appropriate assessment and evaluation provide information and evidence about a student’s learning progress. Such information and data help students, teachers, and family members select immediate learning goals, evaluate growth, and plan teaching and learning strategies.

Characteristics of High Performing Middle Schools
School structures and organization have a great impact on student learning. Teams are often considered the heart of an effective middle grades school. Effective teams lead to improved student achievement, increased parental contacts, and enhanced school climate and student attitudes. Successful schools for young adolescents also have carefully crafted transition programs for moving from elementary to middle and middle to high, as well as college and career-ready cultures, and flexibility in scheduling, grouping, and staffing.