Vermont Association for Middle Level Education

We support, encourage and inspire middle-level educators to develop programs and practices designed specifically around the needs of adolescents, with the focus on learning for every student, and a strong student voice.

Vermont’s Young Adolescents

“Middle School Is Not A Building” was designed to inform and guide all stakeholders dedicated to make education relevant and successful for all of Vermont’s 10-15 year olds. Based on Vermont and National data Vermont’s Middle Grades Task Force created ten research based goals to support the educational needs of young adolescents.

Clearly aligned with the concepts embodied in our Transformation of Education efforts, and inspired by “High Schools on the Move” the document provides a roadmap that can be immediately helpful to educators at all levels. “Middle School Is Not a Building” is a resource that will help all of Vermont’s educators envision and implement an educational system that truly responds to the diverse learning needs of Vermont’s learners.

Video of the 2016 Conference

Beyond Bullying: Creating a Culture of Respect in Learning Communities

The VAMLE Annual Conference is held each year in March, and brings together teams of middle level students and educators from across Vermont. The goal of the conference is to develop student leadership in planning for school change. A keynote speaker opens the conference, followed by workshops that offer strategies for combatting bullying and building a culture of respect and inclusion.

Workshop Descriptions

Beyond Bullying 2020 Resource List


2020 Scholar Leader Awards
With the cancellation of the NELMS-VAMLE annual Scholar Leader Dinner, scheduled for June 3, schools had the opportunity to select two students to be recognized as scholar leaders. Award plaques will be sent to their schools.
Please see the list of 2020 Scholar Leader schools on the Awards and Recognition page.

Our Sponsors and Partners

The VAMLE Board wishes to thank our sponsors, Special Olympics Vermont and Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, and our partners, The Middle Grades Collaborative, NELMS, A World of Difference Institute, and the Northfield Savings Bank.