Many of us have just started summer vacation and are not thinking about the beginning of next year, but it will be here before we know it! As you are sitting back to reflect and relax, please consider sharing your experiences with other middle level educators across our state this fall. We all have ideas and resources to help each other grow and meet the unique needs of young adolescents.
The annual MAMLE Conference is October 19th & 20th at Point Lookout. This year’s theme is: “Middle School, Transitional, Innovative, Transformational…A Maine Event”. We would love to see you there as a participant or presenter. If you are interested in presenting, please complete the “Intent to Present Form”.
Questions about presenting or nervous about sharing what you do? Feel free to reach out to Co-Conference Chairs, Erin Hoffses (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lindsay Mahoney (email@example.com)
March is Middle Level Education Month, a time to recognize and celebrate education for young adolescents, ages 10 to 15. The Association for Middle Level Education lists these key messages for celebrating:
- The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents and being actively involved in their lives;
- The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents;
- The realization that the education young adolescents experience during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens; and
- The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and post-secondary education should be a possibility for all.
8th graders at Holy Cross School in South Portland work with iPads. Photo by Chris Toy.
How will you celebrate? Are your middle school students doing interesting work that you could share with the public? Has your school implemented a new project or program designed for the unique needs of young adolescents? Get the word out by contacting your local newspaper or through your social media. For more ideas and inspiration for planning your Middle Level Education celebration, check out AMLE’s Planning Your Celebration page.
Your MAMLE Annual Conference Co-Chairs are busy getting things ready for another great Annual Conference – coming in October 2017! In order to make this the best conference yet, we need some help from our membership:
- Is there a topic you would like to learn more about? You probably aren’t the only one! Please e-mail Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lindsay (email@example.com) we will work to find a presenter!
- We are looking for presenters. If you have a topic that you think would help fellow middle level educators, we’d love to have you! Please follow the link, then complete and submit the form. Intent to Present Form
- If you have a colleague that you think has something valuable to present, feel free to share the Intent to Present Form with them. Or you can e-mail Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their e-mail address and the topic you think they should share. Erin or Lindsay will be happy to contact them.
MAMLE has been very fortunate to have Dr. Wally Alexander serve as our Executive Director for the last 20+ years. He is stepping down from this position and we are conducting a search for a new Executive Director.
Job Description: The Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) is looking for a part-time Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to an elected Board of Directors.
The job responsibilities include:
- All correspondence related to the Association
- Overseeing all aspects of an annual conference
- Representing MAMLE at various forums
- Maintaining membership records
- Communication with membership
- Production and distribution of electronic newsletters and other mailings
- Assisting with setting the agenda and locating sites for BOD meetings
- Knowledge of young adolescent development, middle school philosophy, and the history and research related to the middle school movement are highly desirable.
This position provides an honorarium of $10,000 annually with the possibility of increases.
If you are interested, please send a letter of interest and an up-to-date resume to President John Keane (email@example.com) by 3:00pm on January 6, 2017.
We greatly appreciate your feedback about our program, the venue, and the sessions. Please fill out these feedback forms to let us know what you’re thinking!
Thursday Feedback & Review Evaluation
Friday Feedback & Review Evaluation