Member Spotlight

Fist Bumps All Around: How One School Security Officer Plays a Vital Role in a Middle School’s Culture

Research makes clear that to be successful, middle schools must address school safety proactively, justly, and thoughtfully. We also know that school safety is first and foremost rooted in school culture. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes the case that schools’ approaches to safety can actually cause students to feel less safe. That’s why when I heard about

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AMLE Celebrates Inaugural Schools of Distinction

AMLE recognized its inaugural class of Schools of Distinction earlier this month, in conjunction with the organization’s 49th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The twelve schools were selected for their fervent commitment to implementing the essential attributes and characteristics of successful middle grades schools. In addition to being celebrated during a special awards ceremony, each

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Let’s Create Classrooms Focused on What Makes Adolescents Special

This article is part of AMLE’s showcase of work by aspiring middle grades educators. The author, Ashley Wilson, is an AMLE student member majoring in Education at the University of Richmond. We welcome student perspectives, and encourage those in teacher preparation programs to submit articles to membercenter@amle.org. Learn more about AMLE’s Collegiate Middle Level Association

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Laurie Barron

Superintendent Evergreen School District Kalispell, Montana lbarron@evergreensd50.com 1. Name the key responsibilities in your current role I am the superintendent of a small K-8 district in beautiful northwest Montana near Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. Our administrators, teachers, and staff wear many hats. In addition to my role as superintendent, some of

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