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

Conference Sesions

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 Leadership Summit

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


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


This event is sold out! Please contact membercenter@amle.org with any questions.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

American Student Assistance
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