Professional Associations

North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education

NCMLE is your resource for information, strategies, best practices, professional development, and middle level advocacy. Our focus is on the middle grades and we are here to help you provide a great experience for students.


Association for Middle Level Education

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages 10 to 15, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world. AMLE is committed to helping middle grades educators



Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Arts

Child Development and Arts Education: A Review of Current Research and Best Practices

A Review of Current Research and Best Practices
Prepared by the College Board for The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (January 2012)
This report is divided into a series of four literature reviews, addressing the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and visual art. The reviews are further divided by grade band. Within each grade band, information on both general and discipline-specific developmental characteristics of students are offered, as well as a series of recommendations of specific pedagogical practices that address social, emotional, and/or cognitive needs and abilities of students of that particular discipline and grade band.

ArtsEdge Arts Integration Lesson Plans

Comprehensive, high quality, arts integrated lesson plans. Searchable by grade band and subject.



Research on the Arts

ArtsEdSearch Summary of Research for Middle School Students

Includes a research review organized into four major categories:
  • Academic Outcomes
  • Cognitive Outcomes
  • Personal Outcomes
  • Social and Civic Outcomes