Academic Excellence

High-performing schools with middle grades are academically excellent. They challenge all students to use their minds well.

Developmental Responsiveness

High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.

Social Equity

High-performing schools with middle grades are socially equitable, democratic, and fair. They provide every student with high quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities, and supports. They keep positive options open for all students.

Organizational Structures & Processes

High-performing schools with middle grades are learning organizations that establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.

News & Events

NCMLE 42nd Annual Conference March 5-7, 2017

Engage, Ignite & Empower…Pass it on!

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President's Message

Dear Middle Level Educator,

Thank you for choosing to visit the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education website. As a middle level educator, you have chosen to impact children during the most crucial time of their lives. Our association is here to offer resources and networking that will provide you with the most current pedagogy and integration of technology that engages students at this age, and provides them with an education that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable.

The NCMLE has one of the best middle grades state conference addressing adolescent education in the country. You can be part of next years conference, which will be held March 5-7, 2017 in Greensboro, NC. This year’s theme was Time for Some Rigor and Relevance! Taylor Mali, opened up our conference. Danny Brassell, motivational, humorous, full of energy and a real middle school advocate, will brought our conference to a rousing conclusion with his closing keynote.

During each conference, awards are given to honor superintendents, principals, teachers and support personnel. You may nominate a deserving colleague for these awards. Please see our website for information and criteria. Nominations are due late November. Perhaps you believe your school should be recognized as a School to Watch. Visit our link to see the criteria and due dates for applications. We need to acknowledge our wonderful middle grades educators and schools.

Our association has a variety of awards to acknowledge exemplary people and schools affiliated with the young adolescent child.

The North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education offers several publications throughout the year. Our online Journal will keep you up to date on current programs and practices. You may join our Facebook account as well as communicate over Twitter. We need to network as much as possible. With all the new mandates, we need to work smarter, not harder, and utilize the expertise our colleagues have to offer.

Why join NCMLE? We are your professional organization. We are your family. All of us give a tremendous amount of time and dedication to these adolescent children and we need to be supportive of each other, share our ideas and advocate for the children that will determine the future of our country. Become a member, and add your name to the NCMLE family tree. Together we can make a difference.

With greatest appreciation for all you do,

Laura Corraro, Past President

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