MAMSE is the oldest organization created to support middle school teachers and students.  MAMSE’s purpose is to advocate for middle level educators and promote research
based practices providing optimal learning experiences for young adolescents. 

Dr. Yong Zhao was one of the keynote speakers at the Association of Middle Level Education’s conference in Columbus this year.  He has written a book called “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon:  Why China Has The Best and Worst Education in the World”.  Many of the things we pursue in education today with increased focus on testing have been practiced for centuries in China.  While America is rapidly pursuing this autocratic style of education, China is running away from it bringing American educators to China to teach their teachers how to create student centered classrooms instead of didactic teacher centered learning.  Dr. Zhao writes, “If Western countries successfully adopt China’s education model and abandon their own tradition of education, they may see their standing rise on international tests, but they will lose what has made them modern:  creativity, entrepreneurship, and a genuine diversity of talents.”

Middle school teachers have known for over 40 years the advantages of differentiated instruction, project based learning, integrated lesson planning, using the arts to learn core subjects, and building relationships with students to support both social and academic growth in transescents.  These are the things you will find at a MAMSE conference.



The primary purpose of the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators is to provide programs and information for individuals and groups dedicated to meeting the needs of young adolescents aged 10 – 14. Our focus is to improve or develop their understanding of middle level schools, and to instruct the public on what a middle level school is through discussion groups, forums, panels, lecturers and printed materials. Information concerning the middle school will be based upon learning theory, child development research and other pertinent middle level research.

Our Mission

The mission of MAMSE is to be an advocate for middle level education. MAMSE is committed to promoting Middle School beliefs and providing resources for educators, parents and communities to meet the unique needs of the young adolescent


Who is eligible to join MAMSE?


Everyone interested in middle level students between the ages of 10 and 14 is invited to join the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators. Parents, scout leaders, administrators, social workers, teachers, coaches, health care workers and members of the clergy are all among the group of significant others who contribute to the young adolescent’s development. If you are one of these special people interested in the middle school age child, you will find membership in MAMSE an exciting opportunity for furthering your professional development. For more information click here.

MAMSE Board Policy and Guidelines



Contact Information

Telephone (734) 677-5678
FAX (734) 677-2407
Postal address
MAMSE 1390 Eisenhower Place Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Association Manager: AMR
Webmaster: Troy Patterson

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