Educational Institutions

Association for Middle Level Education

  • Westerville, OH
  • www.amle.org

Mission Statement

Mission: The Association for Middle Level Education is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders.

Vision: The Association for Middle Level Education is the leading national and international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.

Core Values:
Integrity: We practice the ethical, inclusive, and courageous behaviors that sustain an open and honest organizational culture.
Future Thinking: We are visionary and prepare for the future.
Respect: We value human worth, dignity, diverse talents, and varied perspectives.
Collaboration: We seek active partnerships and shared leadership opportunities at the state, national, and international levels.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Annual Conference for Middle Level Education
  3. Institute for Middle Level Leadership
  4. School Improvement Assessment
Service Areas

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International

Our 48,000 members are in the United States and worldwide, and we have 43 state, provincial, and international affiliate partner organizations.

ruling year

1976

Chief Executive Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Dr. William Dale Waidelich

Keywords

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Middle Level Education

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Also Known As

NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

EIN

31-0865702

 Number

5856875209

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Over the past several years the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) has dedicated significant financial resources to reach and engage more middle level educators. With a recently updated brand; a new membership model; a new publication, AMLE Magazine; and a redesigned website, our investments contributed to positive results in 2014-2015. AMLE ended the fiscal year with a record 40,000 Members, a 17% increase in a 12-month period.

AMLE brought Professional Learning opportunities to Nashville, Hawaii, Iowa, Atlanta, Savannah, and San Diego, reaching more than 4,100 educators with support and ideas to help transform learning for tens of thousands of students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

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Program 2

Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

The Annual Conference for Middle Level Education is an event that convenes from around the world more than 4000 educators of students ages 10 to 15 to share ideas for reaching and teaching this age group

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 3

Institute for Middle Level Leadership

The AMLE Institute for Middle Level Leadership offers a multifaceted opportunity for middle grades leaders and teacher leaders to learn and participate while strengthening their eadership skills. With a focus on research-based practice, each day of the institute combines Interactive classroom sessions, discussion, peer-facilitated learning, and opportunities for educators to address topics that matter in their schools.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 4

School Improvement Assessment

The School Improvement Assessment measures a school's implementation of proven middle grades practices and offers specific recommendations for improvement. The assessment is based on This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents, the definitive document that identifies the essential characteristics of successful middle grades schools and the characteristics of young adolescents.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. By June 30, 2017 increase the total number of AMLE members by 25%.
    2. By June 30, 2017 increase professional learning opportunities by 10%.
    3. By June 30, 2017 increase the number of successful collaborative partnerships with affiliate leaders by 15.
    4. By June 30, 2017 increase the visibility of AMLE by 10%.
    5. By June 30, 2017 increase the number of new relationships for influencing public policy and education standards by 20.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our annual conference attendance increased—the first increase in eight years. Total revenue and net income increased for the first time in five years, and net assets increased for the first time in four years. These financial successes translate to Increased Services and Resources for middle level educators, which is the heart of our mission.

    AMLE brought Professional Learning opportunities to Nashville, Hawaii, Iowa, Atlanta, Savannah, and San Diego, reaching more than 4,100 educators with support and ideas to help transform learning for tens of thousands of students. Our webinar series grew to more than 45 archived webinars, 24 of which were recorded in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    In addition to publishing ten issues of our Research journal, RMLE Online, and five issues of Middle School Journal, AMLE released four new research summaries, developed by our Research Advisory Committee: Coaching Teacher Dispositions, Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents, Motivation: Understanding and Responding to Individual Differences, and Professional Learning and Professional Development in the Middle Grades.

    Our work—fueled by a healthy financial outlook—is enriched by hundreds of Volunteers. With 100 conference program reviewers, 115 professional journal manuscript reviewers, 42 teacher preparation program reviewers, 30 advisory committee members, 18 board members, and countless others who provide their time and talents, AMLE is rich with individuals who help us reach our mission of improving the educational experiences of all students by providing resources to educators.

    The organization also was privileged to offer Recognition of Education Leaders who have made a difference in the lives of young adolescents. We recognized exceptional school leader Allison Glickman-Rogers and university professor Norma Bailey for their outstanding service to the field, and a cutting edge team at Vance Middle School and our collegiate chapter at Otterbein University who each received awards sponsored by the AMLE Foundation Fund.

    We had a year of fostering important Partnerships to extend the association's reach. Middle Level Education Month, sponsored by AMLE, was supported by partners Adolescent Success, NAESP, NASSP, Let's Move Active Schools, and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. AMLE engaged the Research Advisory Committee, our publication editors, and other stakeholders to determine a new periodicals publishing model, which resulted in working with Taylor & Francis as the publishing and distribution partner for our peer-reviewed journals. This arrangement has the added benefit of increasing exposure of AMLE research journals to the education research community and scholars while expanding access for AMLE members. Other partnerships include the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, National Teacher of the Year, and Connected Educator Month.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    AMLE Staff

    Executive
    William D. Waidelich, EdD, CAE
    Executive Director

    Membership Support Services
    April Tibbles
    Chief Communications Officer

    Ryan J. Gauntz
    Web and Digital Media Manager

    Derek Neal
    Director of Membership and IT

    Dawn Williams
    Publication Manager


    Professional Services
    Dru Tomlin, PhD
    Director of Middle Level Services

    Sally Ann DeBolt
    Director, Meetings & Events

    Dena Harrison
    Program Coordinator

    Financial and Administrative Services
    Erin Shabdue
    Director of Financial Services

    Marcia Meade-Hurst
    Senior Member Center Specialist

    Chuck Pletcher
    A/R and Member Center Manager

    Rebecca Serio
    Member Center Specialist
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. By June 30, 2017 increase the total number of AMLE members by 25%.
    Goal will be achieved when:
    i. The total number of AMLE members on June 30, 2016 is 15% greater than the total number of AMLE members on June 30, 2015; and
    ii. The total number of AMLE members on June 30, 2017 is 25% greater than the total number of AMLE members on June 30, 2015.

    2. By June 30, 2017 increase professional learning opportunities by 10%.
    Goal will be achieved when:
    i. The total number of attendees/views/visits/downloads at professional learning opportunities in 2015-16 is 5% greater than the total number of attendees at professional learning events in 2014-15; and
    ii. The total number of attendees/views/visits/downloads at professional learning opportunities in 2016-17 is 10% greater than the total number of attendees at professional learning events in 2014-15
    iii. The satisfaction index of attendees at professional learning opportunities in 2015-16 and 2016-17 is greater than 80%.

    3. By June 30, 2017 increase the number of successful collaborative partnerships with affiliate leaders by 15.
    Goal will be achieved when:
    i. There are 8 more collaborative partnership relationships with affiliate leaders on June 30, 2016 than on June 30, 2015; and
    ii. There are 7 more collaborative partnership relationships with affiliate leaders on June 30, 2017 than on June 30, 2016.
    iii. The satisfaction index of affiliate leaders in 2015-16 and 2016-17 is greater than 80%.

    4. By June 30, 2017 increase the visibility of AMLE by 10%.
    Goal will be achieved when:
    i. The Media Quality Index (MQI) of AMLE on June 30, 2016 is 5% greater than the MQI of AMLE on June 30, 2015; and
    ii. The Media Quality Index (MQI) of AMLE on June 30, 2017 is 10% greater than the MQI of AMLE on June 30, 2015

    5. By June 30, 2017 increase the number of new relationships for influencing public policy and education standards by 20.
    Goal will be achieved when:
    1) There are 10 more relationships with policymakers and legislators on June 30, 2016 than on June 30, 2015; and
    2) There are 10 more relationships with policymakers and legislators on June 30, 2017 than on June 30, 2016.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. By June 30, 2017 increase the total number of AMLE members by 25%.
    Accomplishment:
    As of August 30, 2016, Membership is up by 19.77% to 48,480

    2. By June 30, 2017 increase professional learning opportunities by 10%.
    Accomplishments as of August 30, 2016:
    Annual Conference Attendance is down 26%
    Annual Conference satisfaction is at 72.0
    Leadership Institute attendance is up 3%
    Leadership Institute satisfaction is at 61.05
    School Improvement Assessments are up 183%
    Twitter events are down 37%
    Webinars are up 9%
    On site Professional Develpment contracts are up 18%
    AMLE Magazine app users are down 50%
    Workshop attendance is down 8%
    Video and Podcast views are up 73%
    CMLA Spring Symposium attendance is down 27%

    3. By June 30, 2017 increase the number of successful collaborative partnerships with affiliate leaders by 15.
    Accomplishments as of August 30, 2016:
    Affiliate relationships are up by 15.

    4. By June 30, 2017 increase the visibility of AMLE by 10%.
    Accomplishments as of August 30, 2016:
    Facebook likes are up 16%
    Twitter followers are up 32%
    Pinterest followers are up 31%
    LinkedIn Group followers are down 4%
    Article-Blog-News mentions are up 200%
    Unique visitors to amle.org is up 56%

    5. By June 30, 2017 increase the number of new relationships for influencing public policy and education standards by 20.
    Accomplishments as of August 30, 2016:
    New relationships are up to 13.
Service Areas

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International

Our 48,000 members are in the United States and worldwide, and we have 43 state, provincial, and international affiliate partner organizations.

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ASSOCIATION FOR MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Association for Middle Level Education

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Chief Executive Officer

Dr. William Dale Waidelich

BIO

As a visionary leader who has been an internationally-recognized teacher, state department of education official, adjunct university faculty member, association executive, and curriculum development director, Will Waidelich currently serves as the executive director of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). With more than 47,000 members representing principals, teachers, central office personnel, professors, college students, parents, community leaders, and educational consultants across the United States, Canada, and 46 other countries, AMLE is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10 to 15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders.

Described as an innovative and collaborative educational administrator by peers and supervisors, Dr. Waidelich holds master's and bachelor's degrees from The Ohio State University and a Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Tech. As a lifelong learner, he is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.

While teaching, he was one of 20 teachers selected nationally to the Christa McAuliffe Institute for Educational Pioneering. Additionally, he served as his local education association's president and, later, was a school board member and legislative liaison to the state legislature. Whether in Indiana, Ohio, or Virginia, Dr. Waidelich has been an active advocate for educational development for schoolchildren and professional development for teachers.

A self-described family man, parent of five children, one grandchild, and Ohio State Buckeye fan, Dr. Waidelich somehow finds time to balance family with being an association executive, small business owner, and member of numerous associations and fraternal organizations.
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s the chief executive of the Association for Middle Level Education, Dr. Waidelich led AMLE through a rebranding process to position AMLE as the premier national and international organization helping middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. For more information about AMLE visit www.amle.org.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Pam Millikan

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