Hawaii Middle Grades Summit

February 21, 2023
Hawaii Convention Center

Offered in partnership with the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), please join the Hawaii Department of Education’s (HIDOE) Middle Level Program for an empowering, professional summit! We’ll explore best practices for middle level education and work toward a shared vision of young adolescent student success. From keynote and featured presentations to speed learning and networking across schools, attendees will leave with a wealth of knowledge and practical insights that can be implemented the next day in your school communities.

What can I expect?

Attendees can expect a deep-dive into middle gradesʻ best practices as outlined in AMLE’s definitive landmark The Successful Middle School: This We Believe. Together we’ll explore the 18 characteristics of successful middle schools across three overarching categories:

Leadership and Organization
“If we are to build the real middle level school, the school that is developmentally responsive and intellectually vigorous, it will take convictions and the courage to carry them out.” – Dr. John H. Lounsbury
Culture and Community
“Middle school educators purposefully foster a culture that sustains the dignity of all members within the school community. This includes students, their families, local community members, and the staff who work within the school. Affirming classroom communities, whether physical or virtual, are formed when students’ identities are valued and respected.” – Dr. Penny Bishop and Dr. Lisa Harrison

Session Topics

Come ready to be inspired and elevate your learning as we renew our collective commitment to middle level education. You will leave with a vast array of insights and strategies on AMLE’s 18 essential middle level characteristics that can be applied across grade levels:

  • Healthy Habits, Healthy Schools
    • Strong Student Relationships
    • Strong Educational Workplace Relationships
    • Positive School Climate and Culture
    • Restorative Practices and Positive Discipline
    • An Impactful Advisory Program
  • Effective Academic Practices
    • Instructional Strategies
    • Subject Specific Strategies
    • Project-Based Learning
  • Action Oriented Data Decision Making
    • Instruction based on Formative Assessments
  • Responsive Capacity Building
    • Building Leadership Capacity within your Complex Area/District
    • Young Adolescent Development
    • Successful Middle School Teaming Practices
Hawaii Roundtable Session

Keynote Speakers

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Motivating the Middle School Student

Stephanie Patton

Stephanie Patton
Inclusive School Leadership to Reach All Students

Featured Voices

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews
Effective Project Based Learning

Laurie Barron

Laurie Barron
Creating a Middle School Culture and Climate where Kids Belong and Become

Todd Brist

Todd Brist
Making the Most of Advisory

Nathan Maynard

Nathan Maynard
Reimagining Discipline

Katie Powell

Katie Powell
Boredom Busting Teaching Strategies and Implementing the Successful Middle School Model

Call for Presentations


We encourage all middle-level educators near or far to submit a proposal and be a part of this dynamic professional development opportunity! The Summit is designed as a collaborative space for sharing what is working well in your school with our professional community.

Deadline extended! The Call for Presentations will close November 29th December 1. Those who submit proposals will receive a decision from AMLE by December 6th.

Apply for one of two session types, based on your presentation content and format.


Tuesday, February 21 
Registration7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Opening General Session8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakout Session #19:10 AM – 10:10 AM
Breakout Session #210:20 AM – 11:20 AM
Lunch11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Breakout Session #312:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Breakout Session #41:40 PM – 2:40 PM
Breakout Session #52:50 PM – 3:50 PM
Closing General Session4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Hawaii Public School Registration

Hawaii Public School Educators in Oahu – $50

Hawaii Public School Educators not in Oahu – $0

Non-Hawaii Public School Registration

AMLE Members (Non-Hawaii Public School) – $200

General Non-Member Registration – $300

Need to register with a purchase order?

Support for registration has been provided for Hawaii public school employees through our partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii public school educators should select the registration type applicable to their location. For Hawaii public school educators outside Oahu, travel support may also be available. Email Lisa Nagamine at lisa.nagamine@k12.hi.us for more information.