AMLE 2021

AMLE 2021


ASA sponsored the 48th annual AMLE conference, the world’s largest conference for middle school educators who come together to refresh, reset, and reimagine education.

ASA Session Recaps:

Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Leveraging Student Agency in Career Exploration

When middle grade students can make decisions about their own learning, they feel more engaged, empowered, and inspired. Student agency is particularly important when students are exploring their passions and learning about future options. ASA, its partner schools, and community-based programs have developed robust programming that places student choice at the forefront of career exploration. In this session, attendees will learn about best practices and strategies to incorporate student agency in career exploration across content areas and learning environments.

Moderated By:

Alisa Wilke Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, ASA


Vanessa Haerle STEM Teacher, Sutton Middle School

Julie DiPilato Science Teacher, Barnstable Middle School

Debra Hoffer President, Junior Achievement Kentuckiana

Relationship-Centered Schools: An Emerging Model

ASA and MENTOR are reimagining the school day with a relationship centered approach. Healthy, intentional relationships, helping students build social capital while in school are desired outcomes. From lessons learned over 30 years in the mentoring field, MENTOR will share its Relationship-centered Schools framework to help schools transform their culture & provide students access to a web of support from caring adults & peers across educational settings, school & after-school environments.

Moderated By:

Ashley Hemmy Senior Program Manager, ASA


Pamela Civins Senior Consultant, MENTOR National

Danny Heller Manager, College and Career Readiness, Baltimore City Public Schools

Dani Byerson Student Engagement and Extracurricular Initiatives, Baltimore City Public Schools

Expanding Students’ Networks To Expand Their Career Horizons

Who students know during middle school shapes their sense of future possible selves into adulthood. Schools that equitably integrate family members, community members, and industry experts into classrooms have immense potential to spark relevance and expand students’ long-term career horizons. In this session, participants will learn about evidence-based practices and emerging tools that put broad and diverse networks within reach for their students.

Moderated By:

Mahnaz Charnia Senior Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute


David Shapiro CEO, MENTOR National

Ed Hidalgo Chief Innovation Officer, Cajon Valley Union School District

Sabari Raja Co-Founder and CEO, Nepris Inc.


Date 11/04/2021 — 11/06/2021

Website amle.org/annual/

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