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Collaboration is a Mindset, Heartset, and Skillset

What is authentic collaboration?  Many schools and educators value and promote collaboration through various structures and processes. Schools carve out time for collaborative planning meetings, child study team meetings, grade level meetings, department meetings, faculty meetings, etc. All of these meetings are based around the idea that collaboration is important both for us as educators

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STEM Learning Across Disciplines: Embedding STEM in Every Classroom, so Every Student Can Be Future-Ready

If you were to ask a group of middle school students what STEM is, many would answer you confidently with one word: robotics. Though robotics is certainly a part of STEM—and is often used as an introduction to STEM due to its exciting, hands-on approach—STEM learning encompasses more than robotics or gaining knowledge about specific

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AMLE Announce Inaugural Esports League Champions

Columbus, OH — January 24, 2022 — The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and Vanta Leagues have announced three winning schools of the inaugural season of the Middle School Esports League, which provides AMLE member schools’ students with the opportunity to engage in structured video game competitions while building real-world skills. The winning schools

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AMLE Seeks Director of Professional Development

We’re hiring! Join Team AMLE and be a part of our mission. Director of Professional Development Position Description The Director of Professional Development will report to the CEO and serve as a staff middle level education knowledgebase and oversee AMLE’s professional development strategy, including on-site professional development engagements and major conferences/events such as the Institute

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Navigating a Critical New Frontier in K-12 Career Readiness: Middle School Work-based Learning

When you think of “work-based learning” — that is, hands-on career education experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and job shadowing — what age group comes to mind? Odds are, you’re thinking about college or perhaps even high school. But as research conducted by American Student Assistance shows, middle school is the prime time to begin engaging

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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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Reimagining School – What should it look like and who is it for?

Cornelius Minor and Kass Minor help #AMLE22 attendees find their bottom lines as educators Cornelius and Kass Minor believe that kids don’t just learn in school. They become. It’s an attitude reflective of what we know about middle grades best practice, making them the perfect keynoters for #AMLE22 and our return to in-person conference. We

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Kindness is harder than it looks.

Houston Kraft reminds #AMLE22 attendees that connection doesn’t happen by accident. Houston Kraft, author and co-founder of CharacterStrong, took the main stage at #AMLE22 yesterday for his keynote address on Deep Kindness. From the outset, he made clear that he had a mission for those in attendance. “If we want more kindness on our campus,

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