Keynotes for 2018

Monte Selby and Explo will be leading our keynotes for 2018! Join us at the 30th annual MAMLE conference as Monte kicks off the conference discussing “Coming Home to the Middle.” The Explo team will then lead us through an interactive keynote session on Friday afternoon about best practices in hands-on teaching approaches.

We will also be hosting Kaitlin Young, the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year! Kaitlin is a music teacher at SeDaMoCha, and will be leading a featured session on Friday morning. She will also be bringing her students to perform for us on Friday during lunch– get ready to be wowed!

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Interested in presenting yourself among these rockstars? Fill out our Intent to Present form today!


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Conference Schedule 2018

The 2018 MAMLE Conference Schedule is here! Join us for our 30th anniversary as an organization. It’s going to be awesome!

Thursday, October 18

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Opening Session

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Monte Selby

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Session A

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session B

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Dessert, Exhibit Area

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Session C

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Bowling Social


Friday, October 19

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Session D

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee break in Exhibit Area

*Point Lookout’s cabin check-out by 10:30

10:05 – 11:00 a.m. Session E

11:15 – 12:15 a.m. Session F

12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Luncheon

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Keynote Presentation

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Closing Session


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Save the Date! MAMLE 2018

Save the date for another engaging, practice-based, middle-level focused conference in 2018. We will be at Point Lookout October 18-19th, 2018. Keynotes for 2018 include Monte Selby. Registration will open in summer 2018. Check back for updates late December 2018! Save the Date 2018

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Call for Presenters

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 ( or Lindsay Mahoney (

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Fabulous, Free Institute — Weaving a Tapestry of Learning

Here’s a shout out to all middle grades educators who advocate for integrated learning that engages students in solving real-life problems! The Thomas College Center For Innovation in Education’s Summer Institute: Weaving a Tapestry of Learning is the place to be in late June!

June 27-29, 2017

More Details & Registration:

It’s free for up to five members of your school team!

Focus on…

Steam curriculum and instruction, digital learning, and/or proficiency-based learning

A Few Highlights:

  • Tim McNamara, principal of High Tech High, kicks off the Institute.
  • Brooke Haycock from the Education Trust explores compelling issues impacting all schools through Docudrama.
  • An EXPLO experience will knock your socks off!
  • A supportive and knowledgeable coach supports your team planning.
  • Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you and your colleague actually have time to talk and plan.

Recruit Your Team Today!

More Details & Registration:

Specific Questions? Contact Dr. Katie Rybakova:

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March is Middle Level Education Month

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.

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2017 Annual Conference

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:

  1. Is there a topic you would like to learn more about?  You probably aren’t the only one!  Please e-mail Erin ( or Lindsay ( we will work to find a presenter!
  2. 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
  3. 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 ( with their e-mail address and the topic you think they should share.  Erin or Lindsay will be happy to contact them.
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