AMLE is a professional membership community comprised of more than 35,000 educators around the world working to promote middle level education and best practices for educating students aged 10-15. We are a group of like-minded professionals who know how special and impactful the middle grades years are for our students. When you get involved with AMLE, you’re helping us grow the middle level education community, reach every student, and create great schools.
The easiest way to get involved is by joining as a member. Membership dues support the non-profit mission of our association – and come with some pretty awesome benefits. Explore membership opportunities for students, individuals, schools, and districts.
Already a member and ready to take the next step to become more involved? We need your passion and involvement! Explore available opportunities and check back throughout the year for new initiatives to participate in.
Write for AMLE
AMLE actively ideas and perspectives on teaching and reaching 10- to 15-year-olds. Have research to share? Or just a great idea or initiative happening in your school? There are several ways to share your insights:
- AMLE Focus on the Middle: Contribute an article for our bi-monthly membership newsletter. Articles are published weekly on AMLE.org and promoted through our social media channels. Must be 1,000 words or less an include references to cited research. Submit article proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Middle School Journal: Contribute to our refereed journal. We also accept middle school student submissions to highlight the voices and perspectives of young adolescents. Explore our Submission Guidelines and latest Call for Manuscripts.
Share with AMLE
The Successful Middle School in a Minute: Share a high-impact practice or idea from your school in our video blog and podcast series. It can be a big idea, or just a simple practice you’ve used at your school that makes a difference for your students. Submit your idea.
Serve on a Committee
We rely on volunteer committee members to guide the work of our association. If you are passionate about middle level education and want to volunteer your time to advance your profession, there’s a role for you. Our current constituent committee’s include:
- Principals and Assistant Principals Committee
- Equity in Middle Grades Education Committee
- Early Career Educator Committee
- Teacher Leaders Committee
Learn more about our current AMLE Constituent Committee members.
Committees typically meet quarterly and members are expected to commit an estimated 10 hours/year on special projects/initiatives. In gratitude for their service, committee members receive a $100 discount of all AMLE live events, including the Institute for Middle Level Leadership and the Annual Conference, the opportunity to network with passionate colleagues and give back to their professional community, and an annual appreciation gift from AMLE. Interested members should complete the AMLE Constituent Volunteer Committee Interest form which opens in January of each year.
Submit an Initiative
AMLE is a member-driven community and values the input and ideas of each member. The initiative petition process ensures that every member has a way to bring his or her issues of interest to the board’s attention. Initially, members must raise the initiative with a trustee prior to submitting a petition in order that available channels for Board consideration be exhausted prior to commencement of this process. Connect with a Trustee or View the Initiative Petition Form.
Serve on the AMLE Board of Trustees
The AMLE Board of Trustees works collaboratively with AMLE staff to develop policies, procedures, and regulations for the operation of the Association; to monitor the Association’s financial health, programs and overall performance; and to provide the Chief Executive Officer with the resources to meet the mission, goals and objectives of the Association.
Meet our current Board members, learn about elections, and find out how to submit your name for the ballot.
We are now accepting nominations for four open positions on the Board of Trustees. Trustees serve three-year terms beginning January, 2023. To self-nominate, or nominate a colleague, you’ll need a completed nomination form, a high-resolution photo, and three letters of reference. Nominations must be received by June 30, 2022.
RECOGNIZE A COLLEAGUE
AMLE recognizes exceptional middle level education professionals each year through our awards programs. Learn more about each award, past awardees, and the nomination process:
John H. Lounsbury Award
The John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Achievement in Middle Level Education is the highest award given by the Association for Middle Level Education.
AMLE Educator of the Year
This award, previously known as the Distinguished Educator Award, recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education—those who have made a significant impact on the lives of 10- to 15-year-olds through leadership, vision, and advocacy.
AMLE Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes outstanding service by an organization or an individual who makes a significant contribution to advancing the work of the Association for Middle Level Education in reaching educators, schools, and students.
Tom Erb Award
This award recognizes an outstanding article published within the last three years in one of AMLE’s two peer-reviewed periodicals: Middle School Journal and Research in Middle Level Education Online.
APPLY FOR A GRANT
Our AMLE Foundation Fund supports grant programs for both schools and middle level education student chapters. Learn more about each program and the application process:
- Purpose: To encourage collaborative learning in the middle grades by providing financial support to AMLE member-educators for such projects. Collaboration is a key concept in the successful education of young adolescents as it provides opportunities to enhance learning and to broaden student perspectives. A collaboration project could be between teams, with parents and/or community agencies, with another school, or within the student body (e.g., between grade levels, with content areas).
- Award: $3,000 cash award and invitation to present/complimentary registration to the AMLE Annual Conference
Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) Chapter Grant
- Purpose: To provide funding to a CMLA chapter that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the preparation of future teachers of middle level education.
- Award: $2,000 cash award and complimentary registration to defray the cost of attending the AMLE Annual Conference.
The Conrad Toepfer Award for the Civic Engagement of Middle School Students
- Purpose: To recognizes initiatives that actively engage middle level students in meaningful experiences that address the social-emotional, psychological, and/or moral/ethical developmental needs of young adolescents.
- Award: $1,000 cash award and invitation to present/complimentary registration and travel stipend to the AMLE Annual Conference
BE AN ADVOCATE FOR MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION
You are an advocate for middle level education just by showing up for your students each and every day. Amplify our mission of promoting the educational needs of young adolescents and the professional needs of the educators who serve them!
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