PAMLE 2015 Western Region Professional Development Institute
Middle Level Education, “Living it, Loving it, Laughing About it” was the theme of the day for Western Region Middle Level Educators that gathered at South Side Middle School on a cold January 19th for an outstanding day of professional development. AMLE’s own Jack Berckemeyer was the keynote speaker for the event which included approximately 300 people from around the western region.
The day consisted of a humorous, practical and inspirational keynote message from Jack and three break-out sessions of presentations of various educational topics. Each breakout session contained 11 different options for a total of 33 presentations throughout the day. Educators from around the PA Western Region provided the foundation for the professional development institute as experts shared their best practices and experiences in a day of true collaboration and celebration of middle level education.
The PDI was attended by 12 different schools, 2 universities, and 3 organizations. Representatives from PAMLE executive board and the PA Don Eichhorn “Schools to Watch” program also attended. Participants enjoyed a continental breakfast, a 6th grade band performance, a keynote presentation from Jack Berckemeyer, a catered lunch with time to visit 20 educational vendors, and 3 sessions of various educational presentations from middle level experts.
The day was truly a day of collaboration and celebration of middle level education. From the collective efforts of the Western Region Executive Board, South Side Middle School Staff, local vendors, and our outstanding presenters, the 300 attendees experienced middle level education at its best. The day exemplified the amazing profession and people involved in middle level education as the energy, enthusiasm and collegiality created a warm and motivating atmosphere on that cold January day. Yes, The Western Region of PAMLE, with the help of Jack Berckemeyer, and all of the participants celebrated middle level education as they indeed were “Living it, Loving it and Laughing about it!”