San Diego, CA • June 18-21 | Orlando, FL • July 23-26

Are you ready to take your middle grades leadership practice to the next level?

For more than 15 years, the Institute for Middle Level Leadership has served as the marquee event for aspiring and current middle grades leaders and teams. Attend as a team or individually and join us for a one-of-a-kind, personalized, and engaging learning retreat that will leave you ready and energized to transform your school.

Registration is now open for both 2022 institutes. Attendance is capped at 200 attendees per location and is likely to sell out, so be sure to save your spot early.

What makes the Institute special?

We know the middle grades are special, and we also know the evidence based practices that work best for educating young adolescents and leading middle school teams. That’s why essential middle grades structures are woven throughout the Institute. Attendees benefit from:


A bit like advisory, all attendees are divided into small Homebase teams that meet regularly with their assigned faculty coach throughout the Institute to dig into middle level best practice, debrief their experience as a group, and ensure everyone is on track to meet their objectives.

Faculty Mentorship

Faculty Mentorship
Our faculty aren’t just experts on middle grades leadership, they’re also active practitioners implementing the middle school model in their own communities. We cap attendance so that our faculty are available to attendees throughout the Institute, offering more personalized coaching than a larger conference. It’s not just our students that benefit from having passionate advocates!

Deep Dive Workshops

Deep Dive Workshops
A fan of block schedules?  Workshops are longer, coach-led sessions that provide attendees with the time and guidance to take your learning and planning to the next level. Need to kick up your advisory program to 2.0? Looking to design a master schedule that meets student and staff needs? Interested in creating more SEL supports for your students? Attendees will tackle these and more during Workshop time.

Community Approach

Community Approach
If our school environments should be welcoming and affirming spaces, then so too should are professional development events! Attendees benefit from inspirational general sessions that will refuel your passion, intentional networking opportunities that foster lasting connections, and active learning opportunities that make the Institute an enjoyable and memorable experience.

What topics are covered during the Institute?

Session topics are driven by you – the attendee! We survey attendees in advance of each Institute to ensure the content reflects your actual needs. Typically, topics covered include:

  • Understanding and implementing the research-based characteristics of a Successful Middle School
  • Scheduling with middle grades best practice in mind
  • Creating an impactful advisory program
  • Addressing the social and emotional needs of students
  • Promoting staff morale and care
  • Designing effective middle grades teams and integrated instruction
  • Middle school transitions
  • Confronting equity issues: doing it right for all students
  • Effectively implementing technology into your school/classroom
  • Family and community engagement

Leadership Faculty

Katie Powell

The full 2023 Institute Faculty will be announced soon!

For questions about the Institute, contact Katie Powell, AMLE Director for Middle Level Programs at

Institute Schedule

Registration3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Welcome Networking Reception4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Breakfast7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Homebase Meeting8:10 AM - 9:25 AM
Goal Setting9:35 AM - 10:35 AM
Breakout Sessions10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Lunch12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
Deep Dive Workshops 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Homebase Meeting3:40 PM - 4:30 PM
Breakfast7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakout Sessions8:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Speed Learning9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
Homebase Meeting10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Lunch11:40 AM - 12:40 PM
Deep Dive Workshops 12:50 PM - 3:00 PM
Brain Break Power Hour and Treats3:10 PM - 4:10 PM
Homebase Meeting4:20 PM - 4:45 PM
Breakfast7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakout Sessions8:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Breakout Sessions9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
Homebase Meeting10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
General Session11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Institute Registration


On or Before May 1 – $1,100

After May 1 – $1,200


On or Before May 1 – $1,300

After May 1 – $1,400

RegistrationDownload PDF Registration Form

Registration includes meals referenced in the Institute schedule and a copy of The Successful Middle School: This We Believe.


The same Institute experience is offered in two beautiful locations.

San Diego Resort and Spa

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

June 18-21 | San Diego, California

From $244/night including resort fees

Hotel Block Opens January 2023

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

July 23-26 | Orlando, Florida

From $176/night

Hotel Block Opens January 2023