Vermont Association for Middle Level Education
March 23rd Workshop
Presented by 8th Graders in the Youth Participatory Action Research Team (YPAR) at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, VT. We are a student-run group of 8th graders that work to disrupt all forms of oppression in our communities with the goal of making lasting, systemic change.
March 9th Workshop
Promoting Social Courage: VAMLE's 1st virtual workshop in March 2022: Social Courage. Presented by 5th & 6th grade students from Sterling House at Williston Central School.
The Vermont Association for Middle Level Education (VAMLE), with over 85 member schools, stands in solidarity against racism and inequity in Vermont, the nation, and around the world. We recognize that the homicides of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many others are evidence of systemic racism that has plagued our nation since even before its inception. We acknowledge the unique role schools play in perpetuating this system, and we strive to help all schools become anti-racist organizations.
Members of the VAMLE Board are called to action in a multitude of ways that affect our lives and those of young people. Our Annual Conference brings together student-educator teams from across Vermont to listen to shared experiences, and to learn about all forms of social injustice and inequity.
We believe change lies in encouraging both educators and youth, in action-oriented teams, to address inequities together and to co-create a culture of respect and inclusion in our middle school communities and beyond. Finally, we commit to cultivating courageous conversations and actions designed to move us closer to disrupting and eradicating systemic racism in our schools and communities, now and into the future.
With deep compassion,
VAMLE Board of Directors
VAMLE’s mission is to inform and guide all stakeholders dedicated to making education relevant and successful for Vermont’s 10-15 year olds. Middle level educators recognize that young adolescents are in transition between childhood and adolescence, and require programs and practices built on their specific needs.
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.