NJAMLE Fall Newsletter

"Your Source for Everything in the Middle"

NJ Association for Middle Level Education

Join our Middle School Professional Learning Network! NJAMLE is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders.

2017 NJAMLE Summer Regional Events Recap

Summer Skills Sharpening Workshops a Massive Success!

Over 250 NJ middle level educators from across the state gathered this summer in Chester, Marlton, and Point Pleasant to learn, grow, share, and build their personal learning networks. In total the Summer Skills Sharpening events were a massive success for NJAMLE, more than doubling our attendance figures from the previous summer.

A wide range of topics were offered by a team of outstanding presenters with backgrounds ranging from classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, principals, higher education professionals, and members of many of our state organizations such as NJ Standards Advocates, Future Ready NJ, PBSIS-Rutgers, NJCTE, Schools-to-Watch, just to mention a few. Based on participant feedback, the sessions were well-received and NJAMLE cultivated many ideas for future professional development.

A special THANKS to our host schools - Memorial Middle School in Point Pleasant Boro, Black River Middle School in Chester, and Marlton Middle School in Marlton.

Link to Highlighted Summer Sessions

*** Middle School Feature Blog ***

Christina Requa - @NJAMLE #GeniusHour #PersonalizedLearning

Want to learn more about the "buzz" around Genius Hour? Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Keep reading to find out how you can get started...

*** AMLE Feature Article ***

Add a Little Spice

Great tips for keeping kids engaged and enthusiastic for learning! Check out these simple things you can do to help add spice to your lessons and fuel their desire to learn. Keep reading here...

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn!

Check out these great strategies to help middle school kids take advantage of their capacity to learn! Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help. Read the complete article here...

South Jersey Regional Event - October 26th


Are you hungry to raise the bar for your students? Do you want to increase rigor in your classroom? Increase complexity? You should! High teacher expectations lead to high student achievement...When we get better, our students get better!"

Come out to PJ Whelihans from 4-6pm on Thursday, October 26th in Medford Lakes, NJ. Why not bring a few lesson plans or a Unit Plan, and a summative assessment? Learn how to utilize Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to take your questions, activities, and assessments to a higher level. Strategies included in the presentation will focus on analyzing your current practices and exploring ways to raise the bar.

Link to Event Information & Registration

STAY TUNED! More regional events coming near you!

Is Your Middle School a School-To-Watch?

New Jersey Schools to Watch® is part of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform that identifies high-performing middle level schools willing to serve as models and provide mentorship to other schools serving middle grade students.

NJ Schools to Watch Applications for 2017-2018 are now on-line!

Go to: njschoolstowatch.org Please contact the NJ Directors, Frank Corrado and Gail Hilliard-Nelson at: schoolstowatch@njamle.org if you have any questions about NJ Schools to Watch. Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2017.

Schools to Watch - 2017 Professional Development Open Houses:

We invite you to see first hand some of the best practices that make our NJ Schools to Watch exemplary schools! Each session will include a professional development session on the topic, followed by a visit to classrooms to see the practice in action. We scheduled these am sessions for the convenience of school personnel who can return to their schools and classrooms with innovative ideas, ready to try something new!

Our Schools to Watch are always available for visits and consultation, so if you can’t make the session you are interested in, contact the Principal to make other arrangements. The PD is free, but we ask you to register - please click here : Register for 2017 NJSTW Open House

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JOIN US in Philly @AMLE National Conference

Monday, Nov. 6th, 8am to Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 3pm

1101 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA

The ultimate experience for any middle grades educator!

It's a fact! Everybody learns differently.

That is why AMLE has created a multifaceted conference to meet the needs of every educator—no matter how they learn.

  • Various session types and styles
  • One-on-one discussions with the leaders in education
  • Networking opportunities
  • Technology explained and explored throughout the conference
    And so much more!

Please join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for three days of innovation, creativity, and inspiration at the 44th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. Click here for conference details

Join the "Power of the PLN" - NJAMLE Membership matters!

Membership Benefits:

  • Customized resources ready to use for the Middle Level Educator
  • Monthly "hot topics" to keep an eye on
  • Regional Professional Development opportunities

Please consider joining our organization! School Membership is just $99 per year for the whole school! Individuals may join for $20.

Each individual member of a school district must be registered with, name and email address to receive benefits. To register individual school members, please send names with email addresses to CTORRE@njamle.org preferably in Excel format. Be sure to include your school and your district name.

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