Academic journal article Middle School Journal

NMSA in Action

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

NMSA in Action

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A name change for NMSA: Association for Middle Level Education

We're about kids ages 10 to 15, not the name on the school.

Our organization supports those who work with kids in grades 5-9, regardless of the grade configuration of the schools that house them. The current name implies that we only serve middle schools, causing us to be overlooked by educators in districts that don't have middle schools by name. In June 2010, your elected representatives, the NMSA Board of Trustees, voted overwhelmingly to recommend to members a new name for our organization: Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). This name reflects the terminology used in the education field, represents our current membership more accurately, and welcomes more educators to join.

An association name change requires a two-thirds majority vote by you, our members. The spring 2011 election ballot will be sent to the e-mail address attached to your membership record. Please vote yes for the new name of your association.

Why this name? To better reflect who we are:

1. We are an association. Not only by definition but by our ongoing efforts, we continue to be an "organization of people with a common interest."

2. Our membership now reaches beyond the United States. Our association includes members and affiliates in 60 countries.

3. Middle Level Education is the commonly accepted education term. The term has been in use at the local, state, and federal levels for decades. Many of our affiliate organizations use this language in their organization names, and states and colleges have middle level education licensure programs.

NMSA welcomes new staff members

Dr. Karen Roark

Director of School Improvement

Karen, a National Board certified teacher and National Teacher Hall of Fame inductee, has been a gifted/ESOL teacher and assistant principal and brings extensive experience as a trainer of middle grades teachers to her role as director of school improvement. …

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