MAMLE’s  2019 Annual Conference

31st Annual

Inspiring and Influencing Maine’s Middle Grades Educators for over 30 years

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October 17th-18th, 2019

 Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport, Maine

Point Lookout is in Northport, just north of Camden and south of Belfast. Its extensive facilities and grounds provide the perfect setting for our conference.


Our theme this year is “Filling Our Cups.” We recognize that in 2019, between changing policies, administration, trends, and students, sometimes we just need to remember to take care of ourselves to be the best teachers we can be. Our jobs as middle level educators are more complex than ever– sometimes we need to “refill our cups.” We also recognize that teaching is ultimately about relationships– if our students are not ready to learn emotionally, it is hard to motivate them to do so. One of the “16 Keys to Educating Young Adolescents” from This We Believe is that educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them. We need to refill our cups in order to help theirs overflow with positivity and engagement.

In addition to our traditional sessions that you have grown to expect from us– pedagogical and practical sessions rooted in middle level best practices that you can take back “to use Monday morning–” we will also have sessions focusing on mindfulness, strategies to avoid teacher burnout, and advice and Q&A sessions for administrators, new teachers, and experienced teachers. We also have sessions which will focus on social-emotional learning, multiculturalism, and “filling the cup” for our students.


Registration for the 2019 conference is forthcoming. Please see the registration tab for more information.

Contact Information

Contact Katie Rybakova, MAMLE’s Executive Director, with any questions regarding the conference or MAMLE membership. Her email is rybakovae@thomas.edu. You can find her mailing address and fax number here.


Jamie Toohey, an experienced middle school teacher, will lead us through an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) workshop) on Thursday, followed by MTOY 2018 Kaitlin Young, a K-8 music teacher at SeDaMoCha Middle school, on Friday!

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Concurrent Sessions

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Concurrent sessions run throughout day 1 and day 2, and include interactive, hands on workshops geared to help middle level educators network, engage in dialogue, and bring back practical tools to their classrooms. Concurrent sessions are presented by talented local teachers and stakeholders in middle level education. Topics and sessions will include 21st century literacies, STEM and STEAM integration, “So you want to be a middle level leader,” a principal panel, trending young adult literature, and a pre-service teacher research poster showcase.


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MAMLE honors outstanding Maine middle-level educators each year at the annual conference.  There are three categories:

Exact criteria for each award and a link to download the application form can be found on the page MAMLE Awards.

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