Membership Benefits


    • dedicated to promoting, improving, and supporting middle level education-

    Shirley Wright – Executive Director 

                11025 E. 25TH St., Indianapolis, IN 46229

                PH: 317-894-2937 EMAIL:

    National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Board - “Schools to Watch” State Director

    Association for Middle Level Educators Affiliate Office



    • IMLEA is the only professional education association in Indiana strictly committed to middle level education, grades 5 through 9.
    • Members receive discounted registration to IMLEA’s State Conference and On-Site and Regional Workshops.
    • IMLEA is the state office for the “Schools to Watch” program and our Executive Director is the State STW Director. Information about the STW process is available on the IMLEA website. STW identifies exemplary middle level schools in any configuration between the grades of 5 – 9. IMLEA facilitates the STW application and designation process and hosts STW trainings each year.

    The Schools to Watch Self-Study and Rubric are available online. The process is based on the vision of the National Forum for Middle Grade Reform and the STW criteria which aligns with PL 221. It is available on the IMLEA website on the STW page. Our 16 designated STW are available for networking and field visits. To be a STW a school must be publicly funded. Lilly Endowment,Inc and IASP help fund STW which is free to all schools.

    • IMLEA is the Indiana Partner for the “Champions Together” program sponsored by the Special Olympics, a National program.
    • IMLEA members receive a PDF and hard copies of the 12 page newsletter, Middling’ Around, in the Fall and Spring (During COVID, this is on pause
    • A weekly e-newsletter, the "Monday Minute,"  is sent out with news of the latest resources and professional opportunities for middle level teachers and administrators.
    • IMLEA regularly collaborates with other Indiana education associations, government agencies, and policy makers to monitor legislation and support only what is best fo middle level students and educators in Indiana. When appropriate, IMLEA provides a legislative voice through testimony of information at appropriate House and Senate sessions


    IMLEA’s website,, provides the most current middle level updates and news on state and national policy and legislation as well as research on middle level job opportunities, grants, recommended websites, technology tips, best practices and instructional strategies resources. Members, using their member-only access, are able to network electronically with colleagues through the website.

    • IMLEA, in partnership with IASP, co-facilitates INSPIRE3, the first-of-it-kind global youth service movement that encourages all kids, PK – 12, to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through service. “INSPIRE3” was initially funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. IMLEA members receive free training for schools and teachers. Information can be found on the INSPIRE3 page on


    IMLEA’s Board of Directors includes 24 Regional Coordinators, representing 12 different regions in Indiana. The IMLEA Board includes both teachers and administrators. We have five officers, an Executive Director, President, President-Elect, Executive Secretary/ Treasurer, & Recording Secretary. The entire Board meets quarterly each year for a full day in Sept., December, February, and May.